From Married With Children to absolute class act, Christina Applegate is proof that child actors can Go the Distance in Hollywood

Applegate made her mark in tinsel town at 16 playing ditzy (and easy) blonde Kelly Bundy on the comedic sitcom, Married with Children.  Today, at 38 years old, the gorgeous blonde has starred in a sling of movies, beat breast cancer, and is actually MARRIED WITH CHILDREN (on the way)! 

Take a look at Christina's transformation through the years:

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Applegate played Kelly Bundy on Married with Children for 10 years - from 1987 to 1997.  Her portrayal for the stereotypical 'dumb-blonde' received comedic praise as she often mispronounced words such as 'dog' and poked fun at her younger brother, the infamous Bud Bundy.

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In 1991, Christina Applegate took on her first starring role in a mainstream film.  She portrayed the character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the comedy Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.  The movie centered around Applegate's character, a teenager whose mother heads to Australia for a two-month summer vacation, putting all five siblings in the care of an elderly babysitter.  When the babysitter suddenly dies, Applegate (the eldest) takes charge of the family to keep the freedom of not having parents around. She fakes a resume' to get a job in the fashion industry, and while this proves to be lucky for her, she eventually gets caught when their mother arrives home!

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In 2002, Applegate starred alongside funny-gal Cameron Diaz in the comedy The Sweetest ThingApplegate played Courtney Rockcliffe, Diaz's best friend and level-headed confidante in the movie.  While the movie didn't perform at the box-office, movie-goers adored Applegate's chemistry with Diaz.  The actress continued earning roles in films such as View from the Top, Surviving Christmas, and Employee Of the Month (with Jessica Simpson).

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In 2002 and 2003, Applegate played Jennifer Aniston's sister Amy Green in two episodes of the hit sitcom, Friends.  The talented blonde won the 55th Annual Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her performance in "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" as Amy Green.

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In 2004, Applegate starred alongside Will Ferrell as TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- here she is hired to comply with newly instituted 'diversity standards.' Ferrell's character, Burgundy develops an infatuation with Corningstone resulting in a love affair.  At the end of the film she becomes Ron's co-anchor for the first worldwide news network.

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In 2007, Applegate took on the role of Samantha Newly in the ABC series Samantha Who? The comedy centered around her character, a 30 year old vice president of a real estate firm who developed amnesia after being involved in a hit-and-run accident.  The show also starred Barry Watson and Jennifer Esposito; however, it was cancelled in 2009. 

 

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Applegate's latest film, Going the Distance, hits theaters tomorrow, September 3rd.  The actress stars alongside real-life couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in the flick about a long-distance relationship. 

 

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In real life, Applegate became engaged to musician Martyn LeNoble on Valentine's Day 2010.  On July 21, 2010, it was announced that Applegate is pregnant with the couple's first child.  Applegate's child is sure to be talented and beautiful -- just like her.  

While making the transition from child actress to adult actress can prove difficult, Applegate has done it effortlessly -- and with her feet on the ground.  She has proved to be strong by overcoming breast cancer in 2008 and has shown her versatility throughout her years in Hollywood

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Hollywire is excited to continue watching Christina Applegate's career!