Christina Ricci was born February 12th in Santa Monica, California. She is an actress famous for her dark and edgy style which can be seen various mainstream and arthouse films. Ricci's parents are Sarah (nee Murdoch) who was a model and real estate agent. Her father Ralph was a lawyer and psychiatrist. Christina Ricci also has three older siblings. During her childhood, the family moved to New Jersey where Ricci lived until finishing high school. At the age of eight, Ricci was discovered by a critic while performing in a school play.
She started her career doing commercials but got her break in the 1990 film Mermaidsstarring Cher and Winona Ryder. Just one year later, Ricci got a role which is exemplary of her later acting style: the dark and morbid character of Wednesday Addams in the film version of "The Addams Family". From then on, Ricci was in demand to play characters which were edgy, manipulative or had psychological problems. Some examples of these films include the independent hit "Buffalo '66", John Water's film "Pecker", and "The Opposite of Sex". Ricci's success comes despite the fact that she does not fit the standard Hollywood definition of beauty. She is a healthy weight, is short at 5'1" and has an alternative style including several tattoos.
As far as Christina Ricci's personal life goes, she mostly gets attention for her charity work rather than celebrity scandal. The actress is an advocate for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Planned Parenthood. Christina Ricci also owns her own production company which made the films "Prozac Nation Pumpkin". Ricci has won several awards for her acting including MTV and Teen Choice Awards. Her distinct style has earned her and her films a cult following and strong fan base.