Christina Ricci

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Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci by David Shankbone.jpg
Ricci at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1980-02-12) February 12, 1980 (age 34)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990—present
Spouse(s) James Heerdegen (m. 2013)

Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is an American actress. Ricci received initial recognition and praise as a child star for her performances as Katie in Mermaids (1990), and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), and her role as Kat Harvey in Casper (1995). Ricci made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with The Ice Storm (1997), followed by an acclaimed performance in Buffalo '66 (1998) and then The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She continued her success with well-received performances in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Monster (2003), Penelope (2006) and Black Snake Moan (2006). In 2006 Ricci was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy. In 2011–12, she starred in the short-lived television series Pan Am as stewardess Maggie Ryan.

Early life[edit]

Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth and youngest child of Sarah, a real estate agent, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and a group therapist.[1] Regarding her ancestry, Ricci has stated, "The Italian blood has been bred out of me. There's an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they all had sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I'm basically Scots-Irish."[2]

The family moved to Montclair, New Jersey, where she grew up attending Edgemont Elementary School, Glenfield Middle School, and Montclair High School as well as the Morristown-Beard School.[3] After one year, she left the high school for the Professional Children's School in New York City.[4] Her siblings are Rafael (born 1971), Dante (born 1974), and Pia (born 1976).[5][6] Ricci's parents separated in 1993, when she was 13, and she has not spoken to her father since.[7]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

A critic for the Bergen Record discovered Ricci at age eight in a school play (The Twelve Days of Christmas) at Edgemont School in Montclair, New Jersey. Another child was originally cast in the role, but Ricci got him to hit her and told on him; he lost the role to her as part of his punishment.[8]

Ricci's big screen debut was in 1990's Mermaids as Cher's character's younger daughter. She also appears in the music video of the film's soundtrack "The Shoop Shoop Song". The following year, she starred as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in the feature film adaptation of The Addams Family. She reprised the role for the film's 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values.

Her next project, the live-action/CGI adaptation of Casper, was her first in a lead role. The feature received mixed critical reviews, but it was a success at the box office, being the year's eighth highest grossing film. She also starred in Now and Then, a coming-of-age film about four 12-year-old girls and their friendship during the 1970s to the 1990s. Ricci played the younger version of Rosie O'Donnell. Now and Then was another box office success, and received favorable comparisons to Stand by Me, being called "the female version" of the film.[citation needed] She also starred in a handful of other films with teenage roles such as Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain and That Darn Cat. In 1997, Ricci began to appear in more adult roles, beginning with her role as the troubled, sexually curious Wendy Hood in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed The Ice Storm.

Adult roles[edit]

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). For her performance as Dede, Ricci won acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Although she missed out on an Academy Award nomination, Entertainment Weekly honored her well-received performance as one of the "Worst Oscar Snubs Ever".[9]

Later films included Sleepy Hollow (alongside Johnny Depp), and Prozac Nation (which featured her first on-screen nude scene[10]). She then starred opposite Charlize Theron in the film Monster; during Theron's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, she acknowledged Ricci, calling her the "unsung hero" of the film.[11] Ricci had earlier been turned down four times for the role of Dolores Haze in Lolita.[citation needed] She later turned down the role of Ronna in Go because of scheduling conflicts,[citation needed] as well as a role in Loser.[citation needed] Ricci was originally slated to play the lead in Ghost World (2001), but by the time it was filmed she was too old for the role and had moved on to other projects.[citation needed] Ricci made a cameo appearance on Beck's successful album Guero, providing vocals on "Hell Yes".[citation needed]

Ricci at the Gramercy Park Hotel, 2007

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.[12] 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.[13]

On December 4, 1999, she appeared as the guest host on Saturday Night Live. She performed parodies of Britney Spears and the Olsen twins. During one of her skits, she accidentally punched actress Ana Gasteyer in the face. The skit was a parody of the Sally Jessy Raphael show, in which she played a 13-year-old runaway who sleeps with dogs, and required her to fake-punch Gasteyer, but accidentally ended up really hitting Gasteyer in the eye. Although Ricci initially reacted by putting her hands over her mouth in surprise, she quickly fell back into character.[citation needed]

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".[14] She has also said that she believes that she does not have much control over her career, specifying that she still has to audition for film parts.[15]

Ricci with Emile Hirsch in 2008 at the premiere of Speed Racer

Her 2007 film, Black Snake Moan received mixed reviews, with rottentomatoes.com tallying an overall score of 66 percent.[16] On the television program Ebert & Roeper, filmmaker Kevin Smith, filling in for Roger Ebert, described the film as the best of the year thus far and called it Ricci's best performance.[citation needed] Richard Roeper also gave the film a "thumb up" rating. The film earned $4 million, putting it in eighth place for the highest earnings in its opening weekend.[17] For her role in Black Snake Moan, Ricci was required to lose several pounds and wore a 40 lb (18 kg) chain during filming.[18]

In 2006 Ricci starred in Penelope, a modern fairytale;[19] and in 2008 she played the female lead in the Wachowski brothers' feature film adaptation of Speed Racer. She also signed on for three episodes of TNT's crime drama Saving Grace during its second season.[20] Ricci played a young detective who temporarily partners with Grace, played by Holly Hunter.[21]

Ricci appeared with Liam Neeson and Justin Long in the psychological thriller After.Life which had a limited release on April 9, 2010. 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. She replaced Alicia Silverstone, who played the role of Mandy in its Manhattan Theater Club engagement.[22]

In September 2011 Ricci began a starring role in the ABC television series Pan Am, set in the 1960s. She returned to the stage in April 2012, playing Hermia in an off-Broadway revival of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.[23] Ricci recently flew to Sydney to begin work on an Australian film called Around The Block. In January 2014, she starred in the title role of the Lifetime original movie "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" in which she portrayed the infamous Lizzie Borden who was accused, tried, and ultimately acquitted of the murder of both her father and stepmother in the summer of 1892.

Personal life[edit]

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.[24] In February 2013, Ricci announced her engagement to dolly grip James Heerdegen, whom she met while working on Pan Am in 2012.[25] They married on October 26, 2013 in Manhattan.[26]

Ricci has appeared in national ads for emergency contraception.[3] She supported John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004.[27]

After making the top of PETA's worst-dressed list[28] and receiving a letter from the animal rights group, Ricci decided to give up wearing fur.[29]

Ricci has tattoos of a lion on her right shoulder blade (a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a favorite novel of hers as a youngster), an Edward Gorey figure on the inside of her right wrist, praying hands on her left hip (this tattoo was originally a bat), the name "Jack" on her right thigh for a dead pet, a sparrow on her right breast, and a mermaid on her left ankle. She also had the words "Move or Bleed" on the left side of her ribcage as well as a bouquet of sweet pea on her lower back.[30][31][32]

Ricci is the National Spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).[33]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Mermaids Kate Flax
1991 Hard Way, TheThe Hard Way Bonnie
1991 Addams Family, TheThe Addams Family Wednesday Addams
1993 Cemetery Club, TheThe Cemetery Club Jessica
1993 Addams Family Values Wednesday Addams
1995 Now and Then Roberta Martin
1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Beth Easton
1995 Casper Kathleen "Kat" Harvey
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Dee Dee
1996 Last of the High Kings, TheThe Last of the High Kings Erin
1997 Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood Short film
1997 That Darn Cat Patti Randall
1997 Ice Storm, TheThe Ice Storm Wendy Hood
1998 Buffalo '66 Layla
1998 Opposite of Sex, TheThe Opposite of Sex Dede Truitt
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Lucy
1998 Small Soldiers Gwendy Doll (voice)
1998 Pecker Shelley
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Teenage Hooker
1998 Desert Blue Ely Jackson
1999 200 Cigarettes Val
1999 No Vacancy Lillian
1999 Sleepy Hollow Katrina Van Tassel
2000 Bless the Child Cheri Post
2000 Man Who Cried, TheThe Man Who Cried Suzie
2001 All Over the Guy Rayna Wyckoff
2001 Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel
2002 Pumpkin Carolyn McDuffy
2002 Miranda Miranda
2003 Gathering, TheThe Gathering Cassie Grant
2003 Anything Else Amanda Chase
2003 I Love Your Work Shana
2003 Monster Selby Wall
2005 Cursed Ellie Myers
2006 Penelope Penelope Wilhern
2006 Black Snake Moan Rae Doole
2006 Home of the Brave Sarah Schivino
2008 Speed Racer Trixie
2008 New York, I Love You Camille Segment: "Shunji Iwai"
2009 All's Faire in Love Kate
2009 After.Life Anna Taylor
2010 Alpha and Omega Lilly (voice)
2011 California Romanza Lena Short film
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Kathy McGee
2012 Bel Ami Clotilde de Marelle
2012 War Flowers Sarabeth Ellis
2012 Fighting to Forgive Sarabeth
2013 Smurfs 2, TheThe Smurfs 2 Vexy (voice)
2013 Around the Block Dino Chalmers
2014 Mothers Day Rebecca In production
2014 Hero of Color City, TheThe Hero of Color City Yellow (voice) Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 H.E.L.P. Olivia Episode: "Are You There, Alpha Centauri?"
1996 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Erin (voice) Episode: "Summer of 4 Ft. 2"
2002 Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie Project Romaine Patterson TV film
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Kelly Episode: "Company Picnic: Part 1"
2002 Ally McBeal Liza Bump Recurring role (7 episodes)
2005 Joey Mary Teresa Episode: "Joey and the Fancy Sister"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Hannah Davies Episodes: "It's the End of the World", "As We Know It"
2009 Saving Grace Offcr. Abby Charles Episodes: "The Heart of a Cop", "Do You Believe in Second Chances?", "Take Me Somewhere, Earl"
2011-2012 Pan Am Margaret "Maggie" Ryan Main role (14 episodes)
2012 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Therese Dodd Episode: "Anatomy of a Joke"
2014 Lizzie Borden Took An Ax Lizzie Borden TV film

Music videos[edit]

Multimedia[edit]

Audiobook
  • Gossip Girl – Narrator
  • Gossip Girl "You Know You Love Me" – Narrator
Video game

Awards[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Production Result
1991 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Mermaids Won
1993 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Addams Family Nominated
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture The Addams Family Nominated
1994 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Addams Family Values Nominated
1995 Special Award Star of the Year Won
1996 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Casper Won
1996 Young Artist Award Best Young Leading Actress - Feature Film Casper Nominated
1996 Young Artist Award Best Performance by a Young Ensemble - Feature Film or Video Now and Then Nominated
1998 Blimp Award Favorite Movie Actress That Darn Cat Nominated
1998 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress The Ice Storm Nominated
1998 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress That Darn Cat Nominated
1998 Golden Space Needle Award Best Actress The Opposite of Sex, Buffalo '66 Won
1998 NBR Award Best Supporting Actress The Opposite of Sex Won
1998 TFCA Award Best Performance, Female The Opposite of Sex Nominated
1998 YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film The Opposite of Sex Won
1998 YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film The Ice Storm Nominated
1999 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical The Opposite of Sex Won
1999 American Comedy Award Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) The Opposite of Sex Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical The Opposite of Sex Nominated
1999 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead The Opposite of Sex Nominated
1999 FFCC Award Best Supporting Actress Buffalo '66, The Opposite of Sex, Pecker Won
1999 Teen Choice Award Film - Choice Actress Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Award Film - Choice Actress Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2000 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2000 B-Movie Award Best Celebrity Cameo I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Won
2000 Saturn Award Best Actress Sleepy Hollow Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress - Horror Sleepy Hollow Won
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Suspense Bless the Child Won
2001 Young Hollywood Award Hottest, Coolest Young Veteran Won
2002 Teen Choice Award Film - Choice Actress, Comedy Pumpkin Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Award Best Kiss (shared with Charlize Theron) Monster Nominated
2006 Half-Life Award Won
2006 Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress - Action Adventure Speed Racer Nominated
2009 Giffoni Award Won

References[edit]

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