Christina Applegate played Kelly, the not-too-bright bombshell daughter of the dysfunctional Bundy family, on the sitcom Married... With Children
. Applegate was a teenager when the persistently popular series began in 1987; she grew into the role and was a favorite with male viewers and Web surfers by the show's end in 1997. Her film career has included roles primarily in comedies and feel-good films, including Tim Burton
's Mars Attacks
(1996, opposite Jack Black
), The Sweetest Thing
(2002, starring Cameron Diaz
), and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
(2004, with Applegate as a newscaster rival to Will Ferrell
). She starred as a single mom in the TV series Jesse
(1998-99) and played the title role in the sitcom Samantha Who?
(2007-09), then was sidelined for a while after being diagnosed with breast cancer (she had a double masectomy). Applegate also starred on Broadway in a 2005 revival of the musical Sweet Charity
, in the title role created by Gwen Verdon
in the show's original 1966 run.