Christine Taylor

Active - 1993 - 2020  |   Born - Jul 30, 1971 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Blonde supporting and occasional lead actress Christine Taylor started appearing on television and in feature films in her early teens. Fans of the The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and its sequel will recognize her for playing Marsha. In The Craft (1996), Taylor was memorable for playing the snotty cheerleader who teased a young witch and ended up losing her hair in the shower. In The Wedding Singer (1998), she played Madonna-wannabe Holly. On television, Taylor briefly starred in her own series, Party Girl, on the Fox network. She had a recurring role on Ellen as a dim-bulb blonde in Ellen's book group and was on Seinfeld as Jerry's too perfect girlfriend. On Friends, she concealed her long, golden tresses under a rubber cap to play Bonnie, Phoebe's bald friend.

Raised in Allentown, PA, Taylor started performing in local stage productions at age three. On television, Taylor's first major regular role was on the Nickelodeon network's first original series Hey Dude. She then played Marilyn in a Fox movie updating an old sitcom, Here Come the Munsters. On stage, she found success appearing at Los Angeles' Westwood Playhouse in the 1992 production of The Real Live Brady Bunch. Though The Brady Bunch Movie was her first starring role in a major feature, Taylor had already gained movie experience in the direct-to-video Night of the Demons 2 (1994), which she claims to have done to provide an outlet for the terror she experienced after someone threatened her with a gun and carjacked her in Los Angeles. Following roles in A Very Brady Sequel (1996), Taylor attempted to break the Marsha mold with roles in such romantic comedies as The Wedding Singer (1998) and Overnight Delivery (1998). Taylor would marry funnyman Ben Stiller in May of 2000, and later appear onscreen with her husband in the zany comedy Zoolander (2001). She again starred with her husband in the sports comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story alongside Vince Vaughn in 2004, and had prominent roles in Kabluey and License to Wed. She had a brief appearance, opposite her husband yet again, in 2008's Tropic Thunder playing the female star of Simple Jack. She was away from screens for four years, but returned with a small part in the teen romance The First Time.

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  • Began her acting career at age 18 on the Nickelodeon series Hey Dude.
  • When Duke won the NCAA championship in 1991, she was dating Duke University basketball player Bill McCaffrey.
  • In 1993, she and a friend were held at gunpoint and car-jacked in Los Angeles.  Her BMW convertible was never found.
  • Her striking resemblance to Maureen McCormick helped land her the breakthrough role of Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.
  • She and husband Ben Stiller appeared as audience members in the 2006 Beastie Boys concert movie Awesome.... 
  • Became a spokesperson for Nourish organic skincare products in 2012.