Christina Applegate is an American actress and dancer. As an adolescent actress, she started playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom “Married… with Children.” In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy Award and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations. Take a look below for 28 more fun and fascinating facts about Christina Applegate.
1. Applegate was born in Hollywood, California.
2. Her father, Robert William “Bob” Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, is a singer and actress.
3. Her parents were separated shortly after her birth.
4. She has two half-siblings (Alisa and Kyle) from her father’s second marriage.
5. After her parents’ divorce, her mother had a relationship with musician Stephen Stills.
6. After her television debut with her mother in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at 3 and 5 months, respectively, Applegate made her film debut in the 1981 film “Jaws of Satan,” followed by 1981’s “Beatlemania.”
7. She debuted in a television movie as young Grace Kelly in the biopic “Grace Kelly” and appeared in her first TV series in Showtime’s political comedy “Washingtoon,” in which she played a congressman’s daughter.
8. She was also seen as a guest in the shows “Father Murphy”, “Charles in Charge”, and “Silver Spoons”.
9. In 1986, Applegate won the role of Robin Kennedy (1986–87), a policeman’s daughter, in the police drama series “Heart of the City.”
10. On October 20, 2001, Applegate married actor Johnathon Schaech in Palm Springs, California.
11. Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences, and the divorce was finalized in August 2007.
12. In 2009, she began dating musician Martyn LeNoble.
13. The couple became engaged on Valentine’s Day 2010, and married on February 23, 2013, at their Los Angeles home.
14. They have one daughter, Sadie Grace, born in January 2011.
15. Applegate is a vegetarian, and in 2007, appeared in an anti fur advertisement for PETA.
16. On August 3, 2008, People reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
17. This was confirmed by her representative who said in a statement, “Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life-threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time.”
18. On August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer-free after a double mastectomy, though cancer was found in only one breast.
19. She has an inherited genetic trait, a BRCA1 mutation, which can trigger breast cancer.
20. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast-cancer survivor.
21. Applegate said when she first was diagnosed, “I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into ‘take-care-of-business-mode,’ which included a change to a more healthy diet.”
22. In 1992, Applegate joined other celebrities in a benefit show for a Hollywood children’s charity, acting as a special guest assistant to a local magician and taking part in a number of illusions, including being sawn in half.
23. In 2003, she was the spokesman for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer education and research.
24. Following her diagnosis with breast cancer, Applegate appeared on a television special titled “Stand Up to Cancer,” designed to raise funds for breast cancer research.
25. In 2009, she announced her plans to return as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day.
26. Also in 2009, she founded Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast-cancer screening for women, and focused on the type of MRI scan that saved her life.
27. In February 2015, Applegate was awarded the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award from unite4:humanity and Saint Vintage, for her dedication to and work with Right Action for Women.
28. Applegate has also supported Entertainment Industry Foundation, Adopt-A-Classroom, The Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, World Animal Protection, and the Trevor Project.