Not many child actors have been able to make the transition from what they have originally known to adult-oriented roles. But Christina Ricci who is best known for playing the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family movies series has certainly done well in her transition.
The Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominated actress has achieved a lot of commercial success as her movies have grossed over $1.7 billion. Since taking a back step in her acting career in recent times, Ricci has gained a reputation for only taking independent film roles as she works on other issues close to her heart, such as being the spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
Christened Christina Ricci at birth on the 12th of February, 1980 in Santa Monica, California, she is the youngest of the four children of Sarah (née Murdoch), a model turned real estate agent and Ralph Ricci, a former gym teacher turned lawyer and drug counselor. She is of Italian, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
Despite having been born on the west coast where she currently lives and makes a living, Ricci and her siblings were raised in Montclair, New Jersey. There, she received all her early education, attending a variety of schools, including Edgemont Elementary School, Glenfield Middle School, and Montclair High School, before heading to New York to enroll at the Professional Children’s School in order to accommodate her burgeoning career in front of the camera.
The high schooler caught the eye of a newspaper critic while performing at a school play in her elementary school. She went on to appear in Saturday Night Live parody commercials before landing the role of Cher in Mermaids (1990). Her next role was as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991), a role which she reprised in the sequel, Addams Family Values (1993).
The young actress was noted as the stand out performer in both movies, and due to their commercial success, she was able to attain popularity as well as get the opportunity to pick the roles she wanted to play. This was the case as she bagged her first lead role in Casper (1995) which was commercially successful although it received mixed critical reviews. However, unlike many other child actors, Christina Ricci was able to learn fast on how to adapt to different roles, especially as she grew out of the child-like, early teenage roles to that of a teenager and adult. During this time, she appeared in movies like The Ice Storm (1997), The Opposite of Sex (1998) and Monster (2003).
In recent times, Ricci has appeared in The Smurfs 2 (2013), Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014), and Mothers and Daughters (2016).
Christina Ricci’s Net Worth
Christina Ricci has been raking in thousands of dollars ever since she was about 6 years old when she first started appearing in commercials before later bagging roles in movies like Mermaids (1990) and The Addams Family (1991), among many others. It should, therefore, be no surprise that the former child star is said to have an estimated net worth of $18 Million.
The self-confessed shopaholic, who owns a good number of jewelry from leading brands such as Cartier and Frank Gehry and once famously got rid of all the books in her private library and replaced them with her exquisite shoe collection, reportedly earns about $125,000 per episode which helps float her lifestyle.
It is very normal to see Hollywood actors getting involved with each other seeing as they are better placed to understand their partner’s schedule and the requirements of their jobs. A lot of these romances usually start on set as was the case between Christina Ricci and her husband, although he is not an actor.
Ricci is married to James Heerdegen who works as a dolly grip, or in simpler terms, a camera technician. The couple met on the set of the Pan Am series in 2011. It is not clear when exactly they began dating, however, after their show got canceled halfway through the first season, the pair were repeatedly spotted out and about before they officially announced themselves as a couple later in 2012. By October that year, speculation about a possible engagement starting circulating after Ricci was seen wearing an engagement ring.
The former child star went on to exchange vows with her man in an intimate ceremony at Harold Pratt House And Peterson Hall in Manhattan, New York, on the 26th of October, 2013. A few months later, nine months from their wedding date to be exact, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Freddie.
Height, Weight and Other Facts
Birth Name: Christina Ricci
Date of Birth: February 12, 1980
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, California
Height: 5 feet 1 inches (155 cm)
Weight: 49 kg (108 pounds)
Body Measurements: 35-23-34 inches (89-58.5-87 cm)
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius