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Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is an American actress. Ricci received initial recognition and praise as a child star for her performance as 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) and Penelope (2006). In 2006, Ricci was nominated for an Emmy award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC dramaGrey’s Anatomy.

Early life

Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth and youngest child of Sarah (née Murdoch), a former Ford Model and real estate agent, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and psychiatrist. Regarding her ancestry, Ricci has stated that “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.”

The family moved to Montclair, New Jersey, where she grew up attending Edgemont Elementary School, Glenfield Middle School, andMontclair High School as well as the Morristown-Beard School. After one year, she left the high school for the Professional Children’s School in New York City. Her siblings are Rafael (born 1971), Dante (born 1974), and Pia (born 1976).

Career

Early work

A critic for the Bergen Record discovered Ricci at age eight in a school play (The Twelve Days of Christmas) at Edgemont School inMontclair, New Jersey. The critic’s son 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.[9] After this, she did several commercials starting at the age of six, until she finally got her big screen debut inMermaids in 1990 as Cher’s younger daughter. The young actress made enough of an impression to land more work; later she appeared in the video of the film’s soundtrack “The Shoop Shoop Song”. The following year, she starred as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addamsin the film adaptation of The Addams Family. The role would help to establish Ricci as an actress known for playing dark, unconventional characters – she went on to play Wednesday again in the film’s 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, which became another box office draw, and more screen time was provided for Ricci’s performance as Wednesday.

Her next project, Casper, received mixed critical reviews, but was a major success at the box office, being the year’s eighth highest grossing film.[10] After Casper, she 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. Now and Then was another box office success, and received favorable comparisons to Stand by Me, being called “the female version” of the film. She also starred in a handful of other films with teenage roles such as Golddiggers: 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

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”.

Later films included Sleepy Hollow (alongside Johnny Depp), and Prozac Nation (which featured her first on-screen nude scene.  She 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. Ricci had to turn down the role of Ronna in Go because of scheduling conflicts. Ricci was turned down four times for the role of Dolores Haze in Lolita. 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 part and had moved on to other projects. Ricci also turned down a role in Loser. Ricci made a cameo appearance on Beck’s successful album Guero, providing vocals on “Hell Yes”.

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. 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.

On December 4, 1999, she appeared as the guest host on Saturday Night Live. She performed parodies ofBritney 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.

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”. 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.

Her 2007 film, Black Snake Moan received mixed reviews, withrottentomatoes.com tallying an overall score of 66 percent. 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. 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.

For her role in Black Snake Moan, Ricci was required to lose several pounds and wore a 40 lb (18 kg) chain during filming. Apart from having to lose weight, Ricci ate only food items without any nutritional value to achieve her unhealthy appearance.

In 2006, Ricci and Reese Witherspoon starred in Penelope, a modern fairytale; 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. Ricci played a young detective who temporarily partners with Grace, played by Holly Hunter.

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.

Personal life

Ricci owns her own production company, Blaspheme Films, responsible for Prozac Nation and Pumpkin. She is on the national board of VOX-Voices for Planned Parenthood. She will also be appearing in national ads for emergency contraception. She supported John Kerry’s presidential bid in 2004.

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

In 2004, Ricci appeared as the first model in the Spring/Summer 2005 Louis Vuitton show, and also appeared in advertisements for the popular French fashion house that year.

In April 2007, Ricci became the national spokesperson for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network for the United States, which assists victims of these crimes and promotes programs that help prevent them from occurring. She cited some of her research in Black Snake Moan role as educational on the importance of the issues that RAINN deals with.

Ricci has several tattoos: a lion on her right shoulder blade (a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a favorite novel of hers as a child), a fairy 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.

She was briefly engaged to fellow actor Owen Benjamin. [Source]

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