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Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci is one of Hollywood's most respected young actors whose talent and poise are well beyond her years.

This fall, in addition to her role in ABC's Pan Am, Ricci will also appear in Tom Brady's Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, opposite Stephen Dorff and Nick Swardson, a comedy about a small-town nerd who stumbles upon a family secret.

Upcoming, Ricci co-stars in an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story, Bel Ami, opposite Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman. She recently made her Broadway debut in Donald Margulies' Tony-nominated Time Stands Still, opposite Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James and Eric Bogosian, about an injured war photographer and journalist.

Ricci's performance at age seven in a school Christmas play caught the attention of a local theatre critic, who suggested to her parents that she consider an acting career. She made her professional acting debut a year later in Mermaids in the pivotal role of Cher's youngest daughter and Winona Ryder's sister. As a child actor, Ricci won over audiences and critics alike with her winning portrayal of the strangely adorable Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Her performance so delighted the film's creators and movie fans that Ricci was given an expanded role in the sequel, Addams Family Values. She went on to star in the surprise hit of the summer 1995 season, Casper, for which she received the prestigious NATO ShowEast Star of the Year Award and the Star of Tomorrow Award from the Motion Picture Booker's Club.

In 1997 Ricci made a seamless transition into more mature roles, receiving great acclaim in Ang Lee's ensemble film, The Ice Storm, co-starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen and Elijah Wood; then starring as Dedee Truit in the scathing comedy The Opposite of Sex, a performance that won her the Best Actress Award at the Seattle Film Festival; and as Layla in Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66. She was later nominated for a Golden Globe Award, an American Comedy Award and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her work in The Opposite of Sex, and earned a National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Award for her combined efforts in The Opposite of Sex, Buffalo 66 and John Waters' Pecker.

Additional film credits include Larry and Andy Wachowski's Speed Racer; Mark Palansky's Penelope; Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan; a critically acclaimed performance in Patty Jenkins' Monster, opposite Academy Award winner Charlize Theron; Wes Craven's Cursed; Woody Allen's romantic comedy Anything Else; Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried; and a memorable cameo in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Additionally, Ricci starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, for which she won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

Television credits include a recurring role on Ally McBeal, a guest appearance on Grey's Anatomy—for which she received an Emmy nomination—and a guest appearance on Saving Grace.

Ricci currently serves as the National Spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and is a member of the organization's National Leadership Council. RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization, operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with over 1,100 rape crisis centers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Christina Ricci Facts

BirthdayFebruary 12, 1980 (43)
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA
Height5' 1" (1m55)  How tall is Christina Ricci compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Cursed (2005)
The Man Who Cried (2000)
Sleepy Hollow (1999) user recommendation
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Now and Then (1995)
Addams Family Values (1993) as Wednesday
The Addams Family (1991) as Wednesday
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Mermaids (breakthrough)
Prozac Nation
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