As a fresh-faced teenager, Christina Applegate earned both belly laughs and wolf whistles while portraying the "calling her ditzy would be polite" stereotypical blonde Kelly Bundy on Fox' crude comedy Married...With Children. For a little while there, Applegate seemed to be typecast, popping up on the larger screen but in the same old role, in films like A View from the Top and The Sweetest Thing. But just when critics may have started to count her out, she proved her thespian chops-- and her dedication to the craft-- by performing live on stage (on Broadway, no less!), even on a broken foot. When she won the title role on ABC's quirky comedy Samantha Who?, though, Applegate really got a chance to prove she could still be funny-- though in a more mature way. The show was unfairly (at least in this blogger's not-so-humble opinion) canceled earlier this summer, but Applegate got the last laugh with an Emmy nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Why My Friends Are Talking About Her: As if to call it back to her earlier days, Applegate arrived on the Emmy red carpet yesterday afternoon fresh-faced and looking younger and healthier than ever, despite the stressful time she had gone through lately. Though Tina Fey is much beloved, Applegate was the sentimental favorite to take home the statue last night...and she was ROBBED!* Applegate may have come a long way from her days portraying bratty teens, but unfortunately those are the roles for which she probably still gets most recognition. Therefore, I'll be celebrating her years of hard work and unique talent by popping in Dance Til Dawn at the Corporation tomorrow.
*"My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture" is a fan of both Ms. Toni Collette and The United States of Tara (among most of Showtime's original programming) and means them no disrespect or implication that she is not talented enough to deserve this award. However, I just personally felt it was Applegate's year.