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Christina Applegate - Biography & Career

Christina Applegate was born November 25, 1971, in Los Angeles. The daughter of a soap star actress, Nancy Priddy, and a record-company executive, Robert Applegate, Christina had her younger half-sister and half-brother as new additions to the family, after the divorce of her parents and remarriage of her father.

She made her first onscreen appearance at the age of 5, alongside her mother on Days of Our Lives, since her mother brought her along to work and auditions.

Christina's life was consumed by acting, and she even quit school at 17 in order to pursue it full-time. This wasn't a surprise; she had appeared in more than a dozen roles by the time she was that age.

With onscreen roles in series such as Father Murphy, Mama's Family, Quincy, Charles in Charge, Still the Beaver, Silver Spoons, Heart of the City, and Family Ties, as well as films like Jaws of Satan, Beatlemania, and the made-for-TV film The Grace Kelly Story, there was no doubt that acting was her given talent.

In 1987, Christina found her calling and the role that put her on the map. For 10 years, she portrayed ditzy and promiscuous Kelly Bundy, in the dysfunctional family sitcom, Married... With Children.

Although Christina may have fooled millions as the trampy Bundy daughter until 1997, the green-eyed actress far from resembles her character. While surviving the tribulations of family life on Married... With Children, Christina was making the rounds on television, appearing in a slew of television shows, including: 21 Jump Street, Top of the Heap (as Kelly Bundy, host of Mad TV, and Pauly.

She also made it to several made-for-TV movies and straight to video movies, such as Dance 'Til Dawn, Streets and Across the Moon. In 1991, she made her big-screen debut in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, a lukewarm comedy.

After roles in obscure movies such as Wild Bill and Vibrations, Christina shared the screen with Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, and Pierce Brosnan, in 1996's Mars Attacks!.

Once Married... With Children saw its last day in 1997, Christina was ready to jump back in the saddle with a role in the slapstick comedy Mafia!, and was back on television, as the title character of the NBC sitcom, Jesse, which debuted in 1998.

Although Christina took home the People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV series, and the TV Guide Award for Star of a New Series, both in 1999, the critically-acclaimed Jesse didn't last long on the air. Despite a coveted time slot and some resuscitation, Jesse was canceled after a 2-year run.

But Christina will soon prove that she may just be made for the silver screen, with a starring role in the comedy Just Visiting, and a role in the upcoming A View From the Top, co-starring Gwnyeth Paltrow, Kelly Preston, Mike Myers, and Rob Lowe.

She will also soon be seen in The Sweetest Thing, co-starring Cameron Diaz.

As for her personal life, Christina was dating Christian Slater, and has a

llegedly been actor Johnathon Schaech's honey since 1998. Whoever she's dating, she goes home to her cats, Natasha and Kanaloa, and her dog, Sybil.

An avid jazz dancer as well, it's clear that Christina may just be television's best-kept secret.