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Contents
Articles
Christina Applegate
1
Beatlemania (musical)
9
Dance 'til Dawn
12
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
15
Wild Bill (film)
19
Mars Attacks!
22
Nowhere (film)
31
Jane Austen's Mafia!
35
The Big Hit
38
Claudine's Return
41
Out in Fifty
42
Prince Charming (TV film)
43
Just Visiting (film)
45
The Sweetest Thing
47
Grand Theft Parsons
50
Wonderland (film)
53
View from the Top
56
Surviving Christmas
59
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
61
Employee of the Month (2004 film)
69
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
71
Farce of the Penguins
73
The Rocker (film)
75
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
79
Going the Distance (2010 film)
84
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
86
Hall Pass (2011 film)
92
Married... with Children
94
Kelly Bundy
108
Samantha Who?
119
Samantha Newly
124
References
Article Sources and Contributors
126
Image Sources, Licenses and Contributors
129
Article Licenses
License
131
Christina Applegate
1
Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate
Applegate at the 66th Golden Globes in January, 2009
Born
November 25, 1971
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation
Actress
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s)
Johnathon Schaech (2001–2007)
(divorced)
Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress, best known for playing Kelly Bundy on the
FOX sitcom Married... with Children. She has since established a film and television career, with major roles in
several pictures, including Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, The Big Hit, The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman,
Farce of the Penguins, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She has also starred in numerous productions
including the 2005 Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. More recently, she played the lead character
Samantha Newly in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?.
Early life
Applegate was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Robert W. Applegate, was a record producer and record
company executive,
[1]
and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, was a singer and actress. Her parents split up shortly after
her birth. She has two half-siblings (Alisa and Kyle) from her father's remarriage. Following her parents' divorce, her
mother had a relationship with musician Stephen Stills. It was through Stills' friendship with fellow musicians Paul
Kantner and Grace Slick that Applegate became friends with their daughter, China Kantner.
[2] [3]
Career
Early work
Applegate made her TV debut with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex
baby bottles at three and five months, respectively.
[4]
Her first big screen appearance followed at age 7, when she
was seen in the 1979 film, Jaws of Satan (a.k.a. King Cobra), followed by 1981's Beatlemania. She debuted in a
television movie as young Grace Kelly in the biopic, Grace Kelly (1983, opposite Cheryl Ladd), and appeared on her
first TV series in Showtime's political comedy, Washingtoon (1985), in which she played a Congressman's daughter.
She was also spotted as a guest in the shows, Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984 and 1985), and Silver
Spoons (1986).
Christina Applegate
2
In 1986, Applegate won the role of Robin Kennedy (1986-1987), a cop's daughter, on the police drama series Heart
of the City. Meanwhile, she was also seen guest starring in the sitcoms All is Forgiven, Still the Beaver, Amazing
Stories, and Family Ties episode Band on the Run (1987) as Kitten.
Applegate eventually scored her most memorable role of ditzy Kelly Bundy in Fox's comedy series Married... with
Children. She portrayed her character for ten years (1987-1997). While working on the series, Applegate was seen in
Dance 'til Dawn (1988, NBC) and in Streets (1990), in which a teenage drug addict is stalked by a psychotic police
officer. Applegate guest-starred in 21 Jump Street (1988), Top of the Heap (1991, as Kelly Bundy), and hosted
Saturday Night Live (May 8, 1993) and MADtv (1996).
The character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) was
Applegate's first starring role in a mainstream film. She followed it up with films such as Vibrations (1995), Across
the Moon (1995), Wild Bill (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Nowhere (1997). After the sitcom Married... with
Children was canceled in May 1997, Applegate starred as Claudine Van Doozen in the independent feature
Claudine's Return (a.k.a. Kiss of Fire), was cast in the action-comedy The Big Hit, and played the fiancée of a mob
descendant in the Mafia satire Jane Austen's Mafia (1998).
Applegate was one of the founding members of the Pussycat Dolls, which debuted at Johnny Depp's Viper Room on
[5] [6]
[7]
the Sunset Strip in 1995.
Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002.
In 1998, NBC handed her the title role in their sitcom Jesse. The series debuted in 1998, received rave reviews, and
brought Applegate a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV series and the TV Guide
Award for Star of a New Series as well as a nomination at the Golden Globe Awards for Lead Actress in a Comedy.
Though the series gained praise, it was canceled in 2000. Applegate was ambivalent about accepting the role:
‖
―
This was a major commitment. I really had to sit and think about it. I eventually came to the conclusion that it came into my life for a reason.
The new millennium saw Applegate playing the dual role of a 12th-century noblewoman, Princess Rosalind, and her
21st-century descendant, Julia Malfete, in the time-travel comedy Just Visiting (2001). After gaining wide notice for
playing Cameron Diaz's level-headed best friend, Courtney Rockcliffe, in The Sweetest Thing (2002), Applegate
continued to win roles in such movies as Heroes (2002), the airplane comedy View from the Top (2003), Wonderland
(2003), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Surviving Christmas (2004), and Employee of the Month (2004). Behind the
screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001).
2002 - 2006
Applegate guest-starred on two episodes of Friends, in the ninth (2002)
and tenth (2003) seasons, titled "The One with Rachel's Other Sister"
and "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits" as Amy Green, Rachel
Green's (Jennifer Aniston) younger sister. She won the 55th Annual
Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her
performance in "The One with Rachel's Other Sister". On the silver
screen, she portrayed TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the
2004 films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the DVD
bonus film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (an alternative
film comprising alternate takes and deleted scenes and story elements).
In addition to her screen work, Applegate has performed on stage in
such productions as The Axeman's Jazz, Nobody Leaves Empty
Applegate in 2004
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Handed, and The Runthrough, as well as John Cassavetes' The Third Day (co-starring Gena Rowlands). In 2004, she
debuted on the Broadway stage playing the title role of Charity Hope Valentine in a revival of the 1966 musical
Sweet Charity. She eventually took home the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 Tony
Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
While appearing in 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.
[8]
Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005. In 2006, she appeared in an advertising
campaign for Hanes title "Look who we've got our Hanes on now". The campaign had started in 2005 but she,
Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kevin Bacon were added to the ads in 2006.
In 2006, Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson's music video "A Public Affair", alongside Eva Longoria Parker,
Ryan Seacrest, and Christina Milian.
Current career
Applegate starred in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who?, until it was canceled on May 18, 2009. The series costarred
Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, and Melissa McCarthy. The series was about a 30-year-old who, after a hit-and-run
accident, develops amnesia and has to rediscover her life, her relationships, and herself.
[9]
Shortly after the
cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production,
[10]
which was
unsuccessful.
In January 2009, Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children)
in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.
[11]
Applegate will play Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched fame, who died of colorectal cancer, in the upcoming film
Everything Is Going to Be Just Fine, due to be released in 2010.
[12]
Personal life
In October 2001, Applegate married longtime boyfriend Johnathon Schaech in a
[13]
small Palm Springs ceremony attended by family and close friends.
Schaech
filed for divorce in November 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. Applegate
and Schaech's final divorce papers were entered August 10, 2007 in Los Angeles
Superior Court.
[14]
In 2008, Applegate began dating musician Martyn LeNoble. Applegate and
LeNoble became engaged on Valentine's Day 2010.
[15]
It will be the second
marriage for both. On July 21, 2010, it was announced that Applegate is pregnant
with the couple's first child.
[16]
Her close friends include Lance Bass.
[17]
On July 1, 2008, her close friend and
ex-boyfriend Lee Grivas was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
[18]
In a
January 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Applegate stated that she
hates the paparazzi. Additionally, she appeared in recent interviews on various
At the 60th Annual Emmy Awards
talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and on the 2009 TV Land Awards,
receiving the "Innovator Award" along with her fellow cast of Married... with
[19]
Children. She topped the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in 2009.
[20]
Applegate is a vegetarian
Alyssa Milano.
, and in 2007, appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA.
[21]
She is also a good friend of
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Breast cancer
On August 3, 2008, People magazine reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was
confirmed by her representative, who said in a statement: "Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early form 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".
[22]
On August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though
cancer was found in only one breast.
[23]
She has an inherited genetic fault, a BRCA1
[24]
mutation, which often
triggers breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast cancer survivor. Applegate said when she first was
diagnosed "I was just shaking and — and then also immediately, I had to go into 'take-care-of-business-mode'"
which included a change to a more healthy diet. When she was given the all clear, she said she felt like she gained a
new perspective on life.
[25]
Applegate, who was given the all clear following the operation, is now scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery
over the next eight months. A spokesperson for Applegate states she will be "on a normal shooting schedule", adding
that the procedure "is not affecting production". She had already completed filming five episodes for the upcoming
season of her hit comedy show before stopping for a summer break at the end of June.
An ABC spokesperson confirms: "They‘re on a scheduled hiatus and she‘ll be back next month. It‘s business as
[26]
usual".
However, ABC cancelled her show while she was in recovery.
Charity work
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.
[27]
In 2003, she was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast
[28]
cancer education and research.
Following her diagnosis with breast cancer, Applegate appeared on a television special entitled Stand Up to Cancer
designed to raise funds for breast cancer research. The one hour special was broadcast on CBS, NBC, and ABC
television networks on September 5, 2009.
[29]
In 2009, Applegate announced her plans to return as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day.
[30]
In 2009, Applegate founded Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast cancer screening
for women, and focused on the type of MRI scan which saved her own life.
fund raising and is scheduled to launch in 2010.
Filmography
[31]
It is currently in the initial stages of
Christina Applegate
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Film
Year
Film
Role
Notes
1979
Jaws of Satan
Kim Perry
Film debut
1981
Beatlemania
Fan
Minor role
1983
Grace Kelly
Young Grace Kelly
Made-For-TV Movie
1988
Dance 'til Dawn
Patrice Johnson
Made-For-TV Movie; Starring role
1990
Streets
Dawn
Lead role
1991
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Sue Ellen Crandell
Dead
Lead role
1995
Vibrations
Anamika
Lead role
Wild Bill
Lurline Newcomb
Supporting role
Across the Moon
Kathy
Lead role
1996
Mars Attacks!
Sharona
Minor role
1997
Nowhere
Dingbat
Supporting role
1998
Jane Austen's Mafia!
Diane Steen
Starring role
The Big Hit
Pam Schulman
Lead role
Claudine's Return
Claudine Van Doozen
Lead role
1999
Out in Fifty
Lilah
Supporting role
2000
The Brutal Truth
Emily
Lead role
2001
Sol Goode
Unknown
Uncredited
Prince Charming
Kate
Made-For-TV Movie; Lead role
Just Visiting
Princess Rosaline/Julia
Malfete
Lead role
The Sweetest Thing
Courtney Rockcliffe
Starring role
Heroes
Wife
Minor role
Grand Theft Parsons
Barbara
Starring role
Wonderland
Susan Launius
Minor role
View from the Top
Christine Montgomery
Starring role
Surviving Christmas
Alicia Valco
Starring role
Anchorman: The Legend of
Ron Burgundy
Veronica Corningstone
Starring role
Employee of the Month
Sara Goodwin
Starring role
Tilt-A-Whirl
Customer #1
Supporting role
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
Dr. Suzanne Bedford
Made-for-TV Movie; Lead role
2007
Farce of the Penguins
Melissa (voice)
Starring role
2008
The Rocker
Kim Powell
Supporting role
2009
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The
Squeakquel
Brittany (voice)
2010
Going The Distance
Corinne
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of
Kitty Galore
Catherine (voice)
2002
2003
2004
2005
In production
Christina Applegate
2011
6
Hall Pass
Maggie
In production
Alvin and the Chipmunks:
Chip-Wrecked
Brittany (voice)
Television
Year
Title
Role
Notes
1972
Days of Our Lives
Baby
Screen debut, aged 3 months
1981
Father Murphy
Unknown
1 Episode
1984
Charles in Charge
Unknown
2 Episodes
1985
Washingtoon
The Daughter
1 Season; Starring role
1986
Silver Spoons
Jeannie Bolens
1 Episode: "A Family Affair"
All Is Forgiven
Unknown
1 Episode
Still the Beaver
Unknown
1 Episode
Amazing Stories
Unknown
1 Episode
1986-1987 Heart of the City
Robin Kennedy
1 Season; Starring role
1987
Kitten
1 Episode: "Band On The Run"
1987-1997 Married... with Children
Kelly Bundy
11 Seasons; Starring role
1988
21 Jump Street
Tina
1 Episode
1991
Top of the Heap
Kelly Bundy
2 Episodes
1993
Saturday Night Live
Herself
Guest host: May 8, 1993
1996
MADtv
Herself
Guest host
1998-2000 Jesse
Jesse Warner
2 Seasons; Lead role
2002,
2003
Friends
Amy Green
2 Episodes: "The One With Rachel's Other Sister" and
"The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits"
2004
King of the Hill
Colette/Attorney
(voice)
1 Episode: "My Hair Lady"
2005
2005 Tony Awards
Herself
Presenter: June 5, 2005
2007
2007 Tony Awards
Herself
Presenter: June 10, 2007
2007-2009 Samantha Who?
Samantha Newly
2 Seasons; Lead role
2008
Reno 911!
Seemji
1 Episode: "Did Garcia Steal Dangle's Husband?'
2009
Star-ving
Herself
Episode 4: ""Married with Children"..The Movie"
Family Ties
Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Performer
Holiday Special
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Awards and nominations
Awards
• 25th People's Choice Awards (1999) Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series - Jesse
• Emmy Award 2003 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Friends
• 35th People's Choice Awards (2009) Favorite Female TV Star
Nominations
• MTV Movie Awards 1992 Most Desirable Female - Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
• Golden Globes 1999 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Jesse
• Emmy Award 2004 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Friends
• Tony Awards 2005 Best Leading Actress In A Musical - Sweet Charity
• Golden Globes 2008 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Samantha Who?
• Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
• Teen Choice Awards 2008 Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Samantha Who?
• Television Critics Association Awards 2008 Individual Achievement in Comedy - Samantha Who?
• Prism Awards 2008 Performance in a Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
• Satellite Award 2008 Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical - Samantha Who?
• Emmy Award 2008 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
• Golden Globes 2009 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Samantha Who?
• TV Land Award 2009 Innovator Award - Married... with Children
• Emmy Award 2009 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
• Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
External links
• Christina Applegate
[32]
at the Internet Movie Database
[33]
• Christina Applegate
on Twitter
[34]
• Christina Applegate
at the Internet Broadway Database
• Christina Applegate
[35]
at Allmovie
• Christina Applegate
[36]
at TV.com
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97087-Last-Dance-Christina-Applegate-Sweet-Charity-Ends-Broadway-Run-Dec-31) Robert Simonson, playbill.com, 'first New York
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Beatlemania (musical)
9
Beatlemania (musical)
Beatlemania
Music
The Beatles
Lyrics
The Beatles
Book
Bob Gill, Robert Rabinowitz, Lynda Obst
Basis
The life of The Beatles.
Productions 1977 Broadway
' Beatlemania was a Broadway musical revue focused on the life and music of The Beatles. Advertised as "Not the
Beatles, but an incredible simulation", it ran from 1977 to 1979 for a total of 1006 performances.
History
Originally conceived and produced by Steve Leber and David Krebs, Beatlemania began previews on May 26, 1977
in Boston. It premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on May 31, 1977, (after previewing from May
26) and ran until October 17, 1979, for a total of 1006 performances. During its New York run, the show moved to
the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and finally the Palace Theatre. The production was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award
for Best Lighting Design by designer Jules Fisher.
After closing on Broadway, the "Beatlemania Bus and Truck tour" began, running until 1983 and touring across the
United States and worldwide. A lawsuit by the Beatles company Apple Corps officially ended the show for a period
of time but revival tours still continue today.
At its peak, Beatlemania had several permanent shows in several cities around the world and several semi-temporary
shows in many more cities in the U.S. and the rest of the world. An updated song, "With the Beatles", was created as
a tribute to the musical in 1983.
As the show expanded in its formative years over 50 original cast members formed 10 bunks (or casts of a single set
of four). As the New York show continued its run, shows were opened in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cincinnati, and
London. Short term tours of Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa were produced after 1982 and revival tours continue
today.
Beatlemania: The Album
In 1978, Beatlemania released a self-titled soundtrack to the show which included contributions from the first and
second cast of performers from the show (as well as a few additional off stage keyboardists and musicians). Released
on Arista Records in 1978, the album received warm audience reaction even placing on the Billboard Hot 100 for
several weeks before falling into vinyl obscurity. Tracks from the album included most but not all of the original
show's songlist and several of the tracks were either re-recorded entirely or partially re-recorded in the studio. Cast
members that appear on the album include Mitch Weissman, Alan Lebeouf, Joe Pecorino, Randy Clark, Les Fradkin,
Tom Teeley, Justin Mcneill, and Bobby Taylor.
Beatlemania (musical)
Beatlemania: The Movie
After four years of production USA videos productions took an interest in making a film version of the Beatlemania
stage show. After a brief contract negotiation, Beatlemania: The Movie began production in 1980 (shortly before the
death of John Lennon). The film's cast featured Mitch Weissman (bass guitar), David Leon (rhythm guitar), Tom
Teeley (lead guitar), and Ralph Castelli (drums). The reactions to Beatlemania: The Movie were cold and plans for
a followup film were immediately shelved after several poor reviews of the way the film was produced (several
critics complained of the film being too art based and not worthy of being associated with the stageshow
Beatlemania).
Cast members
The first 50 cast are known as "Original" cast members as the show expanded beyond the first original lineup (Mitch
Weissman, Joe Pecorino, Les Fradkin and Justin McNeill), Broadway Production Members and consequential
Broadway movie lineup, into a country wide production with several touring casts, or what became known as
"Bunks".
John Lennon
• Joe Pecorino
• Michael Palaikis (deceased)
• Randy Clark
• David Leon
• Marshall Crenshaw
• Mark "Farquar" Vaccacio
• Peter McCann
• Bob Williford
• Robert Wirth
• Jim Riddle (deceased)
• Steve Landes
Paul McCartney
• Mitch Weissman
• Reed Kailing
• Lenie Colacino
• Alan LeBoeuf
• Glen Burtnick
• Tony Kishman
• Joey Curatolo
• Jim Odom
• David Grahame
• Don Linares
• Jim Cushing
• John Redgate
• Billy J. Ray
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