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Christina Ricci

Real name: Christina Ricci
Birthdate: February 12, 1980
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Biography

Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress.

Ricci has endured a status as a child star, teenage idol and today has emerged as a mature leading lady, dividing roles between independent films and mainstream blockbusters, and currently holds her own production company, Blaspheme Films, responsible for Pumpkin and Prozac Nation. Ricci has recently appeared in Black Snake Moan (2007) and Penelope (2007), and has a confirmed female lead role in the upcoming The Wachowski Brothers' feature film adaptation of Speed Racer, in 2008.

Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth child of Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and psychiatrist, and Sarah Murdoch, a former Ford model and real estate agent. 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."

Her family was reasonably financially comfortable from its inception; her father, before becoming a lawyer, was a psychiatrist who specialized in shrieking therapy. While a child, Christina could hear the therapies through the vents in her room, and would act them out in front of her mother. 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 . After one year she left the high school for a private school in New York City (the Professional Children's School), which was also attended by various other celebrities such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Macaulay Culkin, and Jerry O'Connell.. Her siblings are Rafael (born 1971), Dante (born 1974), and Pia (born 1976). When her father and her mother eventually separated in 1993, Ricci stayed with her mother, who took custody of the children. Ricci has not spoken to her father since this took place in 1993. Of her siblings, she is closest to her brother Rafael. After her parents' divorce, Ricci experimented with self-injury, and began cutting herself as a child to prove she can take risks – Ricci stated that this problem affected her self esteem as a young teenager.

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. 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 Deedee). For her performance as Deedee, Ricci was nominated for a Golden Globe and attained the unofficial title of the Sundance Film Festival's 1998 "It" Girl.

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 run-a-way who sleeps with dogs, and required her to fake-punch Gasteyer, but accidentally ended up really hitting Gasteyer in the eye. Although Gasteyer initially reacted by putting her hands over her mouth in surprise, she quickly fell back into character.



 


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