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Christine Joan Taylor (born July 30, 1971 in
Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American actress.
Taylor was born in Allentown and grew up in
neighboring Macungie, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Allentown Central
Catholic High School.
She began her acting career in 1989, at the age of
18, on the Nickelodeon Network children's television series Hey Dude, where she
played the perky lifeguard character Melody Hanson. She continued in that role
through 1991, while making various guest appearances on other programs.
In 1996, Taylor was awarded the lead role in the
television series, Party Girl as a self-destructive rave party organizer, who
indulges in drugs and all-night partying.
Following Party Girl, Taylor's career advanced
rapidly, highlighted by guest television appearances on HBO's Curb Your
Enthusiasm, FOX's Arrested Development, and NBC's Friends and Seinfeld. She also
played the best friend character Holly Sullivan in the 1998 comedy The Wedding
Taylor's physical resemblance to Maureen McCormick
of The Brady Bunch, coupled with several successful comedic guest appearances on
Ellen, led to her being cast as Marcia Brady in the 1995 film The Brady Bunch
Movie and A Very Brady Sequel the following year
In the 1990s, Taylor dated actor Matthew Lillard.
In May 2000, she married actor and writer Ben Stiller, who she met while filming
Heat Vision and Jack. Taylor has since appeared opposite Stiller in a number of
films, including Zoolander (2001) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004).
On April 10, 2002, Taylor and Stiller had their first child, a daughter named
Ella Olivia Stiller. They had a second child, a son named Quinlin Dempsey
Stiller, on July 10, 2005.
On February 9 2006, Taylor guest-starred on NBC's
My Name Is Earl. The episode, titled "The Professor", featured her as a sexy and
beautiful college professor. Earl becomes infatuated with her after attempting
to return a laptop that he stole from her.
In July 2006, Stiller announced he would be
directing a comedy starring his wife as the lead role. The show will be featured
on CBS and will use a single-camera format. Stiller will make several cameos as
husband to his wife's character.
"Someday I'd love to do Shakespeare. And to play a
bitch." Christine Taylor in People magazine, March 13, 1995.
Taylor and Stiller appear among the audience
members caught on amateur camera footage during the Beastie Boys' 2006
in-concert movie Awesome: I f*ckin' Shot That! Both appear in concert audience
footage, and also in a brief vox pops-style interview during the closing
Year Title Role Other notes
2006 Dedication Allison
2006 52 Flights Unknown (TV)
2006 The Mirror Herself
2006 Room 6 Amy
2004 The First Year's A Bitch Andrea
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Kate Veatch
2001 Zoolander Matilda Jeffries
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Deeann Emory
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Lili
1999 Heat Vision and Jack The Sheriff (TV)
1998 Overnight Delivery Kimberly Jasney
1998 The Wedding Singer Holly Sullivan
1998 Denial Sammie
1997 Campfire Tales Lauren
1996 Party Girl Mary (TV)
1996 Cat Swallows Parakeet and Speaks! Unknown
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Marcia Brady
1996 To the Ends of Time Princess Stephanie (TV)
1996 The Craft Laura Lizzie
1995 Here Come the Munsters Marilyn Hyde (TV)
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Marcia Brady
1995 Breaking Free Brooke Kaufman
1994 Night of the Demons 2 Terri (TV)
1993 Showdown Julie
1993 Calendar Girl Melissa Smock
1989 Hey Dude Melody Hanson (TV)
1. Yahoo! Stiller, CBS down home for
Taylor-tailored comedy (7/5/06).
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