Born on February 12, 1980 in Santa Monica, California, Christina Ricci is a former child actress best known for portraying Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Making the transition to teenage then adult actress, she has starred in such films as Sleepy Hollow in 1999, Monster in 2004, and Speed Racer in 2008.
The daughter of a former Ford model and a lawyer-psychiatrist, Christina Ricci grew up in Santa Monica to a reasonably affluent lifestyle. As a child, she would hear the screams through the vents in her room, courtesy of the shrieking therapy her father used to specialize in. The family eventually moved to Montclair, New Jersey, where Ricci ended up attending Edgemont Elementary School, Glenfield Middle School, and Montclair High School. After one year at MHS, she moved to a private school in New York City called the Professional Children’s School, where Sarah Michelle Gellar and Macaulay Culkin also went. She had self-esteem problems as a teenager, especially after her parents’ divorce in 1993. She reportedly had the habit of cutting herself.
Christina Ricci started out in commercials as early as six years old, until landing her first film role in Mermaids in 1990, alongside Cher and Winona Ryder. She landed the role of Wednesday Addams in the hit film adaptation of The Addams Family in 1991 then again in the sequel The Addams Family Values in 1993. Her dark and precocious portrayal of Wednesday earned her even more roles, such as in Casper, a huge box office hit, Now and Then, a coming-of-age film, and teenage films like Golddiggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain and That Darn Cat.
By the late 1990s, Ricci began making the transition to more adult roles, starting off with Ang lee’s The Ice Storm, independent hit Buffalo ’66, and The Opposite of Sex, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She also appeared alongside Charlize Theron in Monster. Soon, she appeared on television series like Grey’s Anatomy and Saturday Night Live. She was soon starring on films like Black Snake Moan and rose to even more fame for playing the lead in the 2006 movie Penelope. She was also on Speed Racer, and the TNT drama Saving Grace. In 2010, she appeared in the psychological thriller After.Life and booked the lead role on the series Pan Am in 2011. She also made her Broadway Debut in the production of Time Stands Still.
- She's known to have suffered from anorexia as a teenager.
- She has botanophobia (fear of plants), particularly houseplants.
- Her parents divorced after she filmed Addams Family Values in 1993 and she has not spoken with her father since.
- Tiny at just over five feet, she stopped growing when she was ten years old
- She never formally studied acting.
2011: Pan Am (TV series) - Maggie
2011: Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star - Kathy McGee
2011: California Romanza (short) - Lena
2010: Alpha and Omega - Lilly (voice)
2009: After.Life - Anna Taylor
2009: All's Faire in Love - Kate
2009: Saving Grace (TV series) - Offcr. Abby Charles
2009: New York, I Love You - Camille (segment "Shunji Iwai")
2008: The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (Video Game) - Cynder (voice)
2008: Speed Racer (Video Game) - Trixie (voice)
2008: Speed Racer - Trixie
2006: Home of the Brave - Sarah Schivino
2006: Black Snake Moan - Rae
2006: Penelope - Penelope Wilhern
2006: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Hannah Davies
2005: Joey (TV series) - Mary Teresa
2005: Cursed - Ellie
2003: Monster - Selby
2003: I Love Your Work - Shana
2003: Anything Else - Amanda Chase
2003: The Gathering - Cassie Grant
2002: Ally McBeal (TV series) - Liza Bump
2002: Malcolm in the Middle (TV series) - Kelly
2002: Miranda - Miranda
2002: Pumpkin - Carolyn McDuffy
2002: The Laramie Project (TV movie) - Romaine Patterson
2001: Prozac Nation - Elizabeth
2001: All Over the Guy - Rayna Wyckoff
2000: The Man Who Cried - Suzie
2000: Bless the Child - Cheri Post
1999: Sleepy Hollow - Katrina Van Tassel
1999: No Vacancy - Lillian
1999: 200 Cigarettes - Val
1998: Desert Blue - Ely Jackson
1998: Pecker - Shelley
1998: Small Soldiers - Gwendy Doll (voice)
1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Lucy
1998: Buffalo '66 - Layla
1998: The Opposite of Sex - Dede Truitt
1998: I Woke Up Early the Day I Died - Teenage Hooker
1997: The Ice Storm - Wendy Hood
1997: That Darn Cat - Patti
1997: Little Red Riding Hood (short) - Little Red Riding Hood
1996: The Last of the High Kings - Erin
1996: Bastard Out of Carolina - Dee Dee
1996: The Simpsons (TV series) - Erin
1995: Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain - Beth Easton
1995: Now and Then - Young Roberta Martin
1995: Casper - Kathleen 'Kat' Harvey
1993: Addams Family Values - Wednesday Addams
1993: The Cemetery Club - Jessica
1991: The Addams Family - Wednesday Addams
1991: The Hard Way - Bonnie
1990: Mermaids - Kate Flax
1990: H.E.L.P. (TV series) - Olivia