Real name: Christina Applegate
Birthdate: November 25, 1971
Partner: Johnathon Schaech
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Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress, particularly well-known for playing the very attractive, promiscuous, dim-witted Kelly Bundy on the Fox television network sitcom Married… with Children. She has since established a film and television career, with major roles in several pictures, such as Anchorman, The Sweetest Thing, the upcoming ABC sitcom Samantha Who? and recently starred on Broadway in a revival of the musical Sweet Charity.
Applegate was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Robert W. Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, was a singer and an actress.
Applegate quit school at age 17 to pursue acting. From 1987 to 1997, she played Kelly Bundy on Married… with Children. From 1998 to 2000, she starred in her own sitcom, Jesse, on NBC. In 2002 she co-starred with Cameron Diaz, on the comic movie The Sweetest Thing, playing the role of Courtney Rockcliffe, Diaz's best friend.
Applegate was one of the founding members of the Pussycat Dolls, which debuted at the Viper Room on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles in 1995. Applegate emceed for the Dolls when they moved to The Roxy in 2002.
While playing the title role in a revival of Sweet Charity, she broke her foot, and it was announced that the musical would close during previews. She persuaded the producers to rescind their decision, and on April 18, 2005, she made her Broadway debut. Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005. She also guest-starred on two episodes of Friends, one in the ninth season, and one in the tenth, titled "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" and "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits" respectively (in 2002 and 2003) as Amy Green, Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) youngest sister. She won an Emmy for her performance in "The One with Rachel's Other Sister". In 2006, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Hanes title "Look who we've got our Hanes on now". The campaign started in 2005 but she, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kevin Bacon were added to the ads in 2006.
On October 20, 2001, Applegate married longtime boyfriend Johnathon Schaech, in a small mixed-religion Palm Springs ceremony attended by family and close friends. On December 5, 2005, the publicists of Applegate and Schaech confirmed that they had filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, and their divorce was finalized Aug. 10, 2007.