Christina Applegate now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And it’s been a very long time coming for the “Dead to Me” actor.
“Life started as being a little girl waiting in line to see the first ‘Star Wars’ on this very street, at that very theater [Grauman’s Chinese Theatre], looking at these [stars],” she mentioned on Monday. “‘Who are these people? What did they do? Did they do something right? Did they do something wrong? Whatever it is, I want one.’”
Decades after making her tv debut in “Days of Our Lives” within the ‘70s, then winning over audiences as Kelly Bundy on “Married… With Children” in the ‘80s, Applegate said Monday’s star ceremony “means more to me than you could possibly imagine.”
Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the occasion for the “Up All Night” actor was speculated to occur two years in the past. But like all the things else in 2020, her Walk of Fame celebration was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, Applegate has gone public with main adjustments in her private life.
In August 2021, the Emmy-winning actor, 50, introduced she was recognized with a number of sclerosis, saying in a tweet that she faces “a tough road.” Applegate has saved a low profile since then, however in October she tweeted that she had a “very important ceremony coming up.”
“This will be my first time out since diagnosed with MS. Walking sticks are now part of my new normal,” she mentioned, sharing a photograph of a number of canes. “Stay tuned to see which ones make the cut for a week of stuff.”
On Monday, the Emmy winner accessorized her black pantsuit ensemble with a transparent and black crystal strolling stick. In her first “new normal” look, Applegate discovered help in her “Married… With Children” mom Katey Sagal, who held onto her as she addressed scores of loyal viewers and Hollywood passersby. Shoeless.
“Oh, by the way, I have a disease. Did you not notice?” Applegate cheekily reminded the viewers gathered round her star at 7007 Hollywood Blvd. “I’m not even wearing shoes. Anywho, you’re supposed to laugh at that.”
At safety guards’ behest, curious spectators — together with Mickey Mouse and Wonder Woman impersonators — crammed into the doorway of the La La Land memento store to catch a glimpse of the tv star. Pedestrians jaywalked throughout Hollywood Boulevard, and tour buses crept to a gradual roll to do the identical.
Monday’s occasion marked not only one reunion for Applegate, however two. Helping rejoice her Hollywood landmark have been her “Married… With Children” co-stars Sagal and David Faustino and her “Dead to Me” collaborators Linda Cardellini and Liz Feldman.
Her “Married… With Children” colleagues kicked off the tributes.
“Christina and I are truly like brother and sister even to this day,” mentioned Faustino, who performed Applegate’s on-screen sibling, Bud Bundy, within the ‘80s sitcom. “I learned so much from my cast mates … however, Christina’s fearlessness was a huge part of that learning curve.”
Faustino remembered the journeys he took with the “Samantha Who?” star and spoke about how she “introduced me to my spiritual community, which helped me go from negative to positive and helped me transform my life.”
“Rebel” star Sagal lauded her former co-star — “you are so effing famous” — for her power, braveness and perseverance.
“I’ve seen you the high highs of love and enormous success, coupled with extreme challenges, but you came in with those shoulders and you bear the weight and you bend and you don’t break,” Sagal mentioned.
Next up was the “Dead to Me” crew.
To Feldman, Applegate is a fierce mom, each on- and off-screen.
“A lioness for her crew, her fellow actors and for her showrunner. A den mother to us all — someone willing to draw from her enormous strength to put the work in but always looking out for everyone involved,” she mentioned. “What more could you want.”
Days earlier than the ultimate season of “Dead to Me” drops on Netflix on Thursday, Cardellini channeled Judy and Jen’s ride-or-die spirit in her tribute to the Tony nominee.
“If you are lucky enough to have her in your life, you know that you’re supported to no end. And that she will anything in her power for you,” Cardellini mentioned.
Also within the viewers have been actors Selma Blair and Amanda Bearse, the latter of whom was one other of Applegate’s former “Married … With Children” co-stars. They sat alongside Applegate’s staff and family members in a closed-off portion of the sidewalk.
Among Applegate’s followers who attended the ceremony, Alex Dwyer arrived carrying a “Married …With Children” shirt. The Studio City resident joined fellow “Dead to Me” devotees Kirsten Straccamoro and Kallie Larsen to rejoice Applegate’s massive second.
“I can’t not go. It’s like not going to my son’s baseball game,” Straccamoro, who was visiting from New Hampshire, instructed The Times Monday.
The trio have been already aware of Applegate’s roles within the motion pictures “The Sweetest Thing” and “Anchorman” and the sitcom “Friends,” however mentioned they have been most struck by the actor’s efficiency on “Dead to Me.”
“She’s crying one minute and being so funny the next. She just has, I think, the best comedic timing in the industry,” Dwyer mentioned. “I think she’s the funniest person.”
The Applegate followers mentioned that they’re “really proud” of the actor for her Hollywood landmark, particularly contemplating her analysis.
“I’m also disabled and have a difficult time getting out and doing things sometimes,” mentioned Larsen. “And also my mom was just diagnosed with ALS, which is also a motor neuron [disease] … It’s just nice to see her accepting this incredible honor for something so historic.
“It’s always going to be on the Walk of Fame, everyone will walk by and see it, people will spill their coffee on it, but it’s there and she’s cemented literally as a part of that history.”