Christine Taylor

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Christine Taylor
Born Christine Joan Taylor
(1971-07-30) July 30, 1971 (age 44)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other names Christine Joan Stiller
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ben Stiller (m. 2000)
Children 2

Christine Joan Taylor-Stiller (born July 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Melody Hanson on Hey Dude and as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born on 30 July 1971, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Joan, a homemaker, and Albert E. "Skip" Taylor III, who owns a security company.[1] She grew up in neighboring Wescosville, Pennsylvania. Taylor has a brother, Brian, and attended Allentown Central Catholic High School.[2]

Career[edit]

Taylor began her acting career in 1989 at the age of 18 on the Nickelodeon children's television series Hey Dude where she played the lifeguard Melody Hanson. She continued in that role through 1991 while making various guest appearances on other programs. In 1995, Taylor was cast as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and later in A Very Brady Sequel. Following The Brady Bunch, Taylor's career advanced, highlighted by several comedic guest appearances on Ellen, landing the lead role in the television series Party Girl, based on the 1995 film of the same name, and more guest appearances on Seinfeld and Friends. She played the racist school bully Laura Lizzie in the 1996 horror film The Craft, and also played Drew Barrymore's cousin, Holly Sullivan, in the 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer. In 2001, she starred along side her husband, Ben Stiller, in Zoolander.

Later television appearances a guest star in 2005 in two episodes of the cult favorite Arrested Development as "Sally Sitwell" and in 2006 in an episode of NBC's My Name Is Earl. In July 2006, Taylor's husband Ben Stiller announced plans to direct a CBS sitcom starring Taylor,[3] but the series never aired.[2] She has co-starred with Mandy Moore in both Dedication and License to Wed. In 2010, Taylor guest starred on Hannah Montana Forever. In 2010, she also starred in the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie Farewell Mr. Kringle. In 2013, Taylor reprised her role as Sally Sitwell in two episodes of the revived Arrested Development.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor married actor, screenwriter, and director Ben Stiller on May 13, 2000.[4] They met while making the TV show Heat Vision and Jack. Stiller and Taylor appeared onscreen together in Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Arrested Development. They reside in Westchester County, New York[5] and have a daughter, Ella Olivia, and a son, Quinlin Dempsey.[6] Both have adopted a vegan diet for health reasons.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Calendar Girl Melissa Smock Credited as Christine Joan Taylor
Showdown Julie
1994 Night of the Demons 2 Terri
1995 Breaking Free Brooke Kaufman
The Brady Bunch Movie Marcia Brady
Here Come the Munsters Marilyn Hyde (Munster)
1996 The Craft Laura Lizzie
To the Ends of Time Princess Stephanie
A Very Brady Sequel Marcia Brady
Cat Swallows Parakeet and Speaks! Ballerina
1997 Campfire Tales Lauren
1998 Denial Sammie
The Wedding Singer Holly Sullivan
Overnight Delivery Kimberly Jasney
Desperate But Not Serious Lili
Heat Vision and Jack The Sheriff
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Deeann Emory
2001 True Love Unknown
Zoolander Matilda Jeffries
2003 Harry's Girl Harry's Girl
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Katherine "Kate" Veatch
The First Year's a Bitch Andrea
2005 The Commuters Sandy
2006 52 Flights Jennifer
Room 6 Amy
Dedication Allison
The Mirror Herself
2007 License To Wed Lindsey Jones
2008 Tropic Thunder Rebecca
Kabluey Betty
2010 Farewell Mr. Kringle Anna
2011 Rip City Janet Marsh
2012 The First Time Mrs. Miller
2016 Zoolander 2 Matilda Jeffries Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989–1991 Hey Dude Melody Hanson 62 episodes
1991 Dallas Margaret Barnes 1 episode
Saved by the Bell Heather Brooks
Life Goes On Drama Student #1 1 episode, as Christine Joan Taylor
1992 Blossom Patti
1995 Caroline in the City Debbie 1 episode
Ellen Karen Lewis 2 episodes
1996 Party Girl Mary
1997 Rewind Dana Unaired pilot
Murphy Brown Taffy
Friends Bonnie 3 episodes:
"The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion" (season 3: episode 24)
"The One at the Beach" (season 3: episode 25)
"The One with the Jellyfish" (season 4: episode 1)
Seinfeld Ellen 1 episode
1999 Cupid Yvonne
2000 Spin City Catherine Moore (Caitlin's Sister)
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself 3 episodes
2005–2013 Arrested Development Sally Sitwell 4 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Alex Meyers 1 episode
American Dad! Candy
2010 Phineas and Ferb Khakka Peu Peu's nagging wife
Hannah Montana Forever Lori 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Here's The Story How Christine Taylor Became Marcia Brady". tribunedigital-mcall. 
  2. ^ a b "Christine Taylor Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Stiller, CBS down home for Taylor-tailored comedy". Retrieved July 5, 2006. 
  4. ^ Errico, Marcus (May 16, 2000). "Ben Stiller Hitched!". E!. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Tulloch, Lee (November 16, 2013). "Ben Stiller in the moment". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Bob (December 16, 2006). "Group Outing". National Post. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ Yates, Karin (2012-05-18). "Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller Embrace Plant-Based Lifestyle". Ecorazzi.com. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 

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