Christina Ricci was born February 12, 1980, in Santa Monica, California, to parents Ralph and Sarah Ricci. After her parents decided to relocate to Montclair, New Jersey, Christina – otherwise known as the family clown – was raised in the East Coast.

The only sign of acting that Christina showed at a young age was her ability to entertain her siblings (Pia, Rafael and Dante). But once she was cast in an elementary school pageant, a movie critic who was in the audience encouraged her parents to get her an agent.

In 1990, Christina was cast in Mermaids, as Cher’s daughter and Winona Ryder’s sister – quite an accomplishment for her acting debut. Her maturity led her to become friends with Cher and Johnny Depp (Winona’s guy at the time), who has since shared the screen with Christina several times.

After a role in 1991’s The Hard Way, Christina was cast in what would become her most defining role to date – as morbid and dark Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Ironically, not long after Addams Family Values was released in 1993, Christina’s parents, a former primal scream therapist and lawyer, and a nursery-school teacher and real estate agent, filed for divorce.

At this point, bored with regular school and looking for more interesting things to keep her busy, Christina appeared in The Cemetery Club and Now and Then, and starred in Casper. She continued her education by studying with a tutor and going to the Professional Children’s School with Macaulay Culkin.

While Macaulay headed towards a life of tabloids, Christina was destined for more. In 1997, she appeared in The Last of the High Kings and starred in That Darn Cat, but it was her role in The Ice Storm, alongside Sigourney Weaver and Tobey Maguire, that transformed her from kid actress to a vixen. Then, with roles in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (again with Johnny Depp) and the twisted comedy The Opposite of Sex, her core audience and fans were sure to change drastically.

Treading along the Indie circuit, Christina joined a star-studded cast of Courtney Love, Kate Hudson and Ben Affleck, for 200 Cigarettes, and finally teamed up with Johnny Depp to star in the impressive Sleepy Hollow. She co-starred with Kim Basinger for the summer 2000 dud, Bless The Child, and starred in the smaller (but again, star-filled) The Man Who Cried, and Prozac Nation.

Keeping busy in front of the camera, Christina also has her own production company, responsible for Prozac Nation, and Pumpkin.