Christina Ricci biography
Born on February 12, 1980, in Santa Monica, California, Christina Ricci made her feature debut in Mermaids in 1990. The next year she played Wednesday Addams in the film adaptation of The Addams Family. She deftly transitioned to adult roles, evidenced in her roles in The Ice Storm, Buffalo '66 and The Opposite of Sex. By the late 1990s, she was one of the most in-demand young actresses in Hollywood.
Early Life and Career
Actress Christina Ricci was born on February 12, 1980, in Santa Monica, California. The youngest of four children of a lawyer father and realtor mother, Ricci attended Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, New Jersey, before enrolling at the Professional Children's School in New York City. The precocious, outspoken young actress made her feature debut as Cher's youngest daughter in Mermaids (1990). The role proved to be a stepping stone, and Ricci landed the part of Wednesday Addams in the film adaptation of The Addams Family the following year. She later reprised the role for the sequel in 1993.
Dark Roles on Film
Unlike many child stars, Ricci deftly handled the transition to adult roles, evidenced in her nuanced performance in 1997's The Ice Storm, in which she skillfully seduces two brothers. Subsequent roles included an abductee-turned-girlfriend in Buffalo '66 (1998) and the dark, treacherous Dedee in The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
By the late 1990s, Ricci had become one of the most in-demand young actresses in Hollywood. In 1999, she starred in the indie flicks 200 Cigarettes and Desert Blue with Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson. She also took on the role of the Gothic princess Katrina Van Tassel opposite Johnny Depp's Ichabod Crane in Tim Burton's adaptation of Sleepy Hollow (1999). In 2000, she starred in the supernatural thriller Bless the Child and as a World War II Jewish refugee in The Man Who Cried. In 2003, Ricci signed on for the horror thriller Cursed helmed by Wes Craven. Ricci followed with yet another dark role as the lead in the film Black Snake Moan (2006). Ricci made her Broadway debut in 2009 playing the role of Mandy in Time Stands Still.
Ricci continued her trend of playing more melancholy roles with her portrayal of Lizzie Borden in the Lifetime TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (2014). The poster for the film, released in November 2013, shows Ricci as Borden, the ax-wielding teacher who was accused of killing her parents.
Ricci began dating Owen Benjamin in 2008 while filming All's Faire in Love (2009) and went public with the relationship on Halloween of the same year. In March of the following year, the pair got engaged, but only three months after their engagement the couple separated.
On October 26, 2013, Ricci married her boyfriend James Heerdegen in New York City. The couple, who met in 2011 on the set of the series Pan Am (2011-12), got engaged in February of the same year.