Christina Ricci

Actor, Producer, Director
A child star who managed that rare successful transition to onscreen adulthood, actress Christina Ricci's early career was aided in no small part by the fact that her roles did not depend on dimpled cuteness, but on an ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1980 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Around the Block 2014 (Movie)

Dino Chalmers (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lizzie Borden Took An Ax 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hero of Color City 2014 (Movie)

Yellow Crayon (Voice)

War Flowers 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Vexi (Voice)

Bel Ami 2012 (Movie)

Clotilde de Marelle (Actor)

Pan Am 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

All's Faire in Love 2011 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 (Movie)

Kathy McGee (Actor)

Project Runway 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

After.Life 2010 (Movie)

Anna Taylor (Actor)

Alpha and Omega 2010 (Movie)

Lilly (Voice)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Saving Grace 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Penelope Wilhern (Actor)

Speed Racer 2008 (Movie)

Trixie (Actor)

Black Snake Moan 2007 (Movie)

Rae (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home of the Brave 2006 (Movie)

Sarah Schivino (Actor)

The 2006 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

Elle Hudson (Actor)

I Love Your Work 2005 (Movie)

Shana (Actor)

Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prozac Nation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Monster 2003 (Movie)

Selby Wall (Actor)

The Gathering 2003 (Movie)

Cassie Grant (Actor)

Ally McBeal 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pumpkin 2002 (Movie)

Carolyn McDuffy (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

All Over the Guy 2001 (Movie)

Rayna (Actor)

Miranda 2001 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

Suzie (Actor)

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bless the Child 2000 (Movie)

Cheri (Actor)

The Untitled Jay Lacopo Project 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

Val (Actor)

Desert Blue 1999 (Movie)

Ely (Actor)

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1999 (Movie)

Teenage Hooker (Actor)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

Katrina Van Tassel (Actor)

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo '66 1998 (Movie)

Layla (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

Erin (Actor)

No Vacancy 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

Shelley (Actor)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Gwendy Doll (Voice)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Opposite of Sex 1998 (Movie)

Dedee Truitt (Actor)

Little Red Riding Hood 1997 (Movie)

Little Red Riding Hood (Actor)

Souvenir 1997 (Movie)

of Young Orlando (Voice)

That Darn Cat 1997 (Movie)

Patti (Actor)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

Wendy Hood (Actor)

The Simpsons 1996 (Tv Show)

Voice

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Kat Harvey (Actor)

Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain 1995 (Movie)

Beth Easton (Actor)

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Young Roberta (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Wednesday Addams (Actor)

The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

Wednesday Addams (Actor)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Bonnie (Actor)

Mermaids 1990 (Movie)

Kate Flax (Actor)

Bastard Out of Carolina (TV Show)

Actor

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Pumpkin 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A child star who managed that rare successful transition to onscreen adulthood, actress Christina Ricci's early career was aided in no small part by the fact that her roles did not depend on dimpled cuteness, but on an unnerving maturity that suggested a keen intelligence beyond that of her adult co-stars. Ricci spent her teens as a gloomy, precocious lead in several successful comedies and melodramas such as "Mermaids" (1990), "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Now and Then" (1995). Still in her teens, she exploited both her maturity and burgeoning sexuality in more artful projects that included "The Ice Storm" (1997), "The Opposite of Sex" (1998) and "Buffalo '66" (1998). Despite the growing respect she received from her peers, the narrow confines of Hollywood proved problematic for Ricci, whose later projects varied from little seen indie films like "Prozac Nation" (2001), to well-acted visceral dramas like "Monster" (2003), to such commercial pabulum as "Cursed" (2005). Later decade work included the sexually-charged potboiler "Black Snake Moan" (2006), opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and "Speed Racer" (2008), a visual spectacular directed by the Wachowski Brothers. Eventually settling into a comfortable mix of small personal projects, big budget fare and more frequent television work, Ricci maintained a consistent presence as one of film's more interesting and accomplished young actresses.

Relationships

Owen Benjamin Actor

Companion
Met while filming "All's Faire in Love" (2009) Announced engagement March 2009 Ended engagement June 2009

Curtis Buchanan

Companion
Reportedly dating as of August 2009 No longer together

Matthew Frauman Actor

Companion
Previously dated No longer together

Adam Goldberg Actor

Companion
Began dating January 2003 Split January 2006 Back together as of August 2006 No longer together as of 2007

Kick Gurry Actor

Companion
Met 2007 on set of "Speed Racer" (2008) No longer together

James Heerdegen Actor

Husband
Met on set of ABC's "Pan Am" Reportedly engaged October 2012; Ricci confirmed engagement Feb. 1, 2013 Married in New York City on October 26, 2013.

James Oliver

Companion
Dated 2001 No longer together

Ralph Ricci

Father
Divorced Ricci's mother 1995

Sarah Ricci

Mother
Divorced Ricci's father 1995

Dante Ricci

Brother
Born c. 1974

Rafael Ricci

Brother
Born c. 1971

Pia Ricci

Sister
Born c. 1976

EDUCATION

Edgemont Elementary School

Montclair , New Jersey

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Montclair High School

Montclair , New Jersey

Glenfield Middle School

Montclair , New Jersey

Milestones

2012

Played society matron Clotilde in the Parisian-set period drama "Bel Ami," based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant

2011

Landed a starring role on ABC's 1960s-era drama "Pan Am" as the rebellious Pan Am senior flight attendant Maggie

2011

Co-starred with Nick Swardson in the comedy feature "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"

2010

Made her Broadway debut in Donald Margulies' "Time Stands Still" (September 23)

2010

Voiced the character of Lilly in the animated feature "Alpha and Omega"

2008

Cast as Trixie, the female lead in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"

2008

Starred in "Penelope" as a cursed woman; film was produced by and co-starred Reese Witherspoon (lensed 2006)

2007

Portrayed a young woman addicted to sex who is kidnaped by Samuel L. Jackson in "Black Snake Moan"

2006

Cast in Irwin Winkler's "Home of the Brave" about the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the US

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "Grey's Anatomy"

2005

Starred in the Wes Craven werewolf movie "Cursed"

2005

Guest-starred on "Joey" (NBC), playing Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) sister Mary Teresa

2003

Played the lesbian lover of Charlize Theron's character in "Monster"

2003

Had lead in Woody Allen's "Anything Else"

2002

Made feature directorial debut "Speed Queen"; also starred

2002

Cast in the HBO feature ensemble "The Laramie Project," adapted from Moises Kaufman's stage drama about the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard

2002

Starred and produced "Pumpkin"; film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival

2002

Had title role in the Sundance-screened "Miranda"

2001

Co-produced and starred in the film adaptation of "Prozac Nation"

2000

Reteamed with Depp for "The Man Who Cried"; premiered at the Venice Film Festival (released in US in 2001)

1999

Co-starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"

1998

Played a kidnap victim who pretends to be her abductor's wife in Vincent Gallo's "Buffalo 66"

1998

Landed a supporting role as the laundry-obsessed girlfriend of a photographer in John Waters' "Pecker"

1998

Earned rave reviews as a pregnant teenager who wreaks havoc in the comedy-drama "The Opposite of Sex"

1997

Played a troubled suburban teenager in "The Ice Storm"

1996

Made cameo appearance in Anjelica Huston's "Bastard Out of Carolina" (aired on Showtime)

1995

Starred as a relatively 'normal' kid in "Casper"

1993

Reprised role of Wednesday in "Addams Family Values"

1991

Cast in breakthrough screen role as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family"

1990

Made her feature acting debut as Cher's youngest daughter in "Mermaids"

Formed her production company Blaspheme Films

Did voice-overs and appeared in TV commercials

Raised in Montclair, NJ

Bonus Trivia

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Ricci was discovered at age eight in school play, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by the drama critic for the Bergen Record who gave the family the telephone number of an agent; the critic's son had originally been cast in the role but Ricci got the boy to hit her and tattled on him, receiving the part as part of his punishment.

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"We're kind of kindred spirits. She's me in a very small body." – Cher on Ricci, quoted in People, Nov. 6, 1995

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"I've been very guarded since I was little. I think that's whay I'm an actor, because I can hide any emotion I have at any time and I can put on another one whenever I need to." – Ricci to Graham Fuller in Interview magazine, Oct. 1997

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"I think the main reason a lot of people don't make it is that it's hard to see someone as cute as then to all of a sudden see them as having more depth. I guess I was just lucky that when I was little, nobody thought I was that cute." – Ricci on the transition from child to adult actor, quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Aug. 20, 1998

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"Christina is a great combination of little-girl vulnerability and tough-talking gun moll. She does not tolerate phonies." – director Don Roos ("The Opposite of Sex") to The New York Times, May 17, 1998

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"Christina has the most remarkable face on-camera. It's a combination of angelic and sensual, really peaceful and troubled. There's this whole complex of energies going on, which is really fascinating." – director Risa Bramon Garcia ("200 Cigarettes") to Time Out New York, May 14-21, 1998

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"I was an evil child – well, misguided. I just felt school was never going to end, that there was a weird smell in the classroom I was going to have to smell for the rest of my life. If a little kid could be depressed, I guess I was depressed." – Ricci quoted in Time magazine, June 15, 1998

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"After I got out of high school, I was like, this [acting] is my job. Before, I was doing it because it was fun. Now, I'm like, this is how I pay my rent. Now I have to keep working, because I'm afraid if I stop, I won't have any money." – Ricci to Us magazine, June 1998

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"I never lose touch with my anger. I have no idea what the real source is, but I'm always mad about something. It gets ridiculous at times. I have life rage. What am I going to with it? I can't kick the sh*t out of someone. I can't yell or constantly be rude to people, because that's unacceptable. I have a therapist on each coast. I've had a problem with that, too, because I've had a different personality when I go to different ones. I've overcome that, though, because I really don't think that helps my therapy at all. [Laughing] I'd say that, deep down, I'm very disillusioned. I've been that way for a very long time. As much as I'm cynical, though, there's a lot of optimism in me, which pretty much assures that, over and over, I'm going to be disillusioned [Laughing]. But I have the ability to laugh at all this stuff." – Ricci quoted in Movieline, April 1998

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"Basically, I'm like a whore. I'll give people whatever they want so they'll like me." – Ricci quoted in Premiere magazine, Oct. 2, 2002

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"I like the way my own feet smell. I love to smell my sneakers when I take them off." – Ricci to Movieline November 2002

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"I'm sort of the last person another actress needs to be competitive with, because all I want is steady pay" – Ricci quoted in Interview magazine, Feb. 2004

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"This is a girl who spent most of her childhood on a set. She loves the action, the activity, the focus and the attention. She likes to be around the camera – in front of it, behind it or beside it." – director Don Roos, on Ricci, to W magazine, Sept. 2006

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"I let people do what they need to do to me image-wise and visually while I'm at work, because I know the difference between being at work and what I do at home. That just comes from growing up on sets, whereas if you come in as an adult, you're a little bit more guarded about who you are." – Ricci to Premiere magazine, Sept. 2006

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The world is just a really scary place. People scare the sh*t out of me." – Ricci to Esquire magazine, March 2007

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According to Emmy magazine (Issue No. 7, 2011), Ricci was the only lead actress on ABC's "Pan Am" cast on an offer-only basis (i.e, sans audition).

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