December 6, 2023
Christina Ricci is an American actress who became famous for her role in the 1991 and 1993 films of the Addams family. She was born on February 12, 1980 in Santa Monica, California, to Sarah (née Murdoch) and Ralph Ricci. Ricci has received multiple awards including a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Satellite Award for Best Actress, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Independent Spirit Awards.Christina has three older siblings, including Pia, Dante, and Rafael.
Her siblings are Rafael (born 1971), Dante (born 1974), and Pia (born 1976).
Christina was discovered when she eight years old while acting in a school play, by a critic for the Bergen Record.
Ricci’s parents separated in 1993, when she was 13, and she has not spoken to her father since.
In the 1990s Christina Ricci became a teen icon after appearing in several films such as the Addams Family, Now and Then, Casper, and The Ice Storm.
In 1997, Ricci began to appear in more adult roles, beginning with her performance as the troubled, sexually curious Wendy Hood in Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed The Ice Storm.
Christina Ricci received a nomination for a Golden Globe for her role in the 1998 movie The Opposite of Sex.
In 1999 Christina Ricci starred in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.
In February 2006, Ricci made a guest appearance as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Christina Ricci played the girlfriend of a female serial killer in the 2003 movie Monster.
She was a guest star for seven episodes in the last season of Ally McBeal in 2002 as Debbie ‘Liza’ Bump, a lawyer who works at Cage & Fish and marries Richard Fish in the last episode.
Christina Ricci was nominated for an Emmy in 2006 for her role in the television drama Grey’s Anatomy, when she played a paramedic.
In 2006, Ricci stated that she feels that at 5 ft 1 in (155 cm) she is “too short” to ever be an A-list actress, saying she tends “to look really small on camera”.
In 2014 Christina Ricci played Lizzie Borden in the Lifetime movie Lizzie Borden Took and Ax.
Her 2007 film, Black Snake Moan received mixed reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes tallying an overall score of 66 percent.
Christina Ricci dated actor Adam Goldberg in 2005, and Owen Benjamin in 2008 after meeting on a film set.
In 2006, Ricci starred in Penelope, a modern fairytale and in 2008 she played the female lead in the Wachowskis’ feature film adaptation of Speed Racer.
They were engaged from March 2009 to June 2009.
She made her Broadway debut as Mandy in Time Stands Still, resuming performances on September 23, 2010 at the Cort Theatre, alongside original cast members Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian.
In 2013 Christina Ricci married a dolly grip named James Heerdegen and they had a son together in 2014.
In September 2011, Ricci began a starring role in the ABC television series Pan Am, set in the 1960s.
Christina Ricci serves as the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s spokesperson.
She returned to the stage in April 2012, playing Hermia in an off-Broadway revival of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Christina Ricci stopped wearing fur after receiving a letter from PETA and being mentioned at the top of their worst dressed list.
Ricci began dating actor Owen Benjamin in 2008 after they met on the set of their film All’s Faire in Love. They became engaged in March 2009, but ended the engagement in June 2009.
Christina Ricci appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1999 and did parodies of the Olsen twins and Britney Spears.
In 2012, Ricci flew to Sydney to begin work on an Australian film called Around The Block.
In 2009 Christina Ricci made her Broadway debut as Mandy in Time Stands Still.
In January 2014, she starred in the title role of the Lifetime original movie “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” in which she portrayed Lizzie Borden who was accused, tried, and ultimately acquitted of the murder of both her father and stepmother in the summer of 1892.
Christina Ricci is scheduled to appear in a 2018 Lifetime film about journalist Nellie Bly.
She replaced Alicia Silverstone, who played the role of Mandy in its Manhattan Theater Club engagement.
In 2012 Christina Ricci appeared in an off-Broadway Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ricci appeared with Liam Neeson and Justin Long in the psychological thriller After.Life.
Christina Ricci has appeared in a number of television productions including The Simpsons, The Laramie Project, Malcolm in the Middle, Ally McBeal, Saving Grace, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, and Z: The Beginning of Everything.
During Theron’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, she acknowledged Ricci, calling her the “unsung hero” of the film Monster.
Christina Ricci has appeared in several music videos including Mony’s Natural Blues, MC Hammer’s Addams Groove, Cher’s The Shoop Shoop Song, and Tag Team’s Addams Family.
Ricci subsequently appeared in films like the independent hit Buffalo ’66 (in which she played Vincent Gallo’s unwitting abductee-turned-girlfriend), John Waters’ Pecker, and Don Roos’ The Opposite of Sex (as the acid-tongued, manipulative Dede).
Christina Ricci is considered to be one of artist Mark Ryden’s muses after appearing in more than 10 oil paintings a number of his sketches.

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