Christina Applegate jokes about MS at Walk of Fame ceremony
Christina Applegate now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And it’s been a long time coming for the “Dead to Me” actor.
“Life began as a little girl standing in line on this very street, in this very theater, to see the first ‘Star Wars’ movie [Grauman’s Chinese Theatre]looking at these [stars]’ she said on Monday. “‘Who are these people? What have you done? Did they do something right? Did they do something wrong? Whatever it is, I want one.'”
Decades after making her television debut on Days of Our Lives in the ’70s and capturing audiences in the ’80s as Kelly Bundy on Married… With Children, Applegate said Monday’s star ceremony “means more to me than you could possibly imagine.”
Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the event for the ‘Up All Night’ actor was scheduled to take place two years ago. But like everything else in 2020, her Walk of Fame celebration has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, Applegate has gone public with major changes in her personal life.
In August 2021, the Emmy-winning “Friends” actress announced she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a tweet that she faces “a hard road”. Applegate has kept a low profile since then, but in October she tweeted that she has a “very important ceremony ahead of her.”
“This will be my first time off since being diagnosed with MS. Walking sticks are now part of my new normal,” she said, sharing a photo of several walking sticks. “Stay tuned to see which ones make it for a week of stuff.”
On Monday, the Emmy-winner accessorized her black pantsuit ensemble with a clear and black crystal cane. In her first “new normal” appearance, Applegate found support in her “Married…With Kids” mother, Katey Sagal, who stuck by her as she reached out to scores of loyal viewers and Hollywood passers-by. shoeless
“By the way, I have an illness. Didn’t you notice?” Applegate cheekily reminded her loved ones and her Walk of Fame audience. “I don’t even wear shoes. It doesn’t matter, you should laugh about it.”
At the behest of security forces, curious passers-by – including Mickey Mouse and Wonder Woman impersonators – crowded into the entrance of the La La Land gift shop to catch a glimpse of the TV star. Pedestrians jaywalked down Hollywood Boulevard, and tour buses lulled into a slow roll to do the same.
Monday’s event marked not just one reunion for Applegate, but two. Celebrating her Hollywood milestone was joined by her Married… With Children co-stars Sagal and David Faustino, as well as fellow Dead to Me stars Linda Cardellini and Liz Feldman.
Her Married…With Children camp kicked off the honors.
“Christina and I are really like brother and sister to this day,” said Faustino, who played Applegate’s on-screen sibling Bud Bundy on the ’80s sitcom. “I learned so much from my castmates…but Christina’s fearlessness was a big part of that learning curve.”
Faustino recalled the travels he took with Samantha Who? star and spoke about how she “introduced me to my spiritual community, who helped me transition from negative to positive and helped transform my life.”
“Rebel” star Sagal praised her former co-star – “You’re So Freaking Famous” – for her strength, courage and perseverance.
“I’ve seen you the heights of love and tremendous success coupled with extreme challenges, but you came with those shoulders and you carry the weight and you bend and you don’t break,” Sagal said.
Next up was the Dead to Me crew.
For Feldman, Applegate is a passionate mom, both on and off screen.
“A lioness for her crew, her castmates, and for her showrunner. A cave mother to all of us — someone willing to draw on her tremendous strength to get the job done but always mindful of everyone involved,” she said. “What more do you want.”
Days before the final season of Dead to Me hits Netflix on Thursday, Cardellini channeled Judy’s and Jen’s fighting spirit in her tribute to the Tony nominee.
“If you are lucky enough to have her in your life, know that you have endless support. And that she will do everything in her power for you,” Cardellini said.
Applegate, also known for her roles in The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman, Hall Pass and Bad Moms, received her star at 7007 Hollywood Blvd.
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