Character: Lizzie Borden
Christina Ricci is one of Hollywood's most respected young actors whose talent and poise are well beyond her years.
Ricci stars in Sarah Spillane's “Around the Block,” which focuses on an American drama teacher who develops a friendship with a sixteen year old Australian-Aboriginal boy during the 2004 Redfern riots. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. In July 2013 she lent her voice to the Sony Pictures Animation hit “The Smurfs 2,” as Vexy,' an evil version of Smurfette.
Ricci has received great acclaim in various roles including as part of Ang Lee's ensemble film, "The Ice Storm," co-starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, and Elijah Wood. She then went on to star as Dedee Truit,' in the scathing comedy "The Opposite of Sex," with a performance which won her the Best Actress Award at the Seattle Film Festival. Ricci was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award, an American Comedy Award, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her work in the film. Soon after, Ricci starred as Layla' in Vincent Gallo's "Buffalo 66," earning a National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Award for her combined efforts in "The Opposite of Sex," "Buffalo 66" and John Water's "Pecker."
Additional film credits include Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's “Bel Ami,” Larry and Andy Wachowski's "Speed Racer;" Mark Palansky's "Penelope;" Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan," a critically acclaimed performance in Patty Jenkins' "Monster," opposite Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron; Wes Craven's "Cursed," Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Anything Else," Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried" and a memorable cameo in Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Additionally, Ricci starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow," for which she won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.
The actress's performance at age seven in a school Christmas play caught the attention of a local theatre critic, who suggested to her parents that she consider an acting career. She made her professional acting debut one year later in "Mermaids" in the pivotal role of Cher's youngest daughter and Winona Ryder's sister. As a child actor, Ricci won over audiences and critics alike with her winning portrayal of the strangely adorable Wednesday Addams' in "The Addams Family" and the sequel "Addams Family Values." She went on to star in the surprise hit of the summer 1995 season "Casper." For that, Ricci received the NATO ShowEast Star of the Year Award and the Star of Tomorrow Award from the Motion Picture Booker's Club for her strong performances and the $100 million-plus box office successes of "Addams Family" and "Casper."
On television, Ricci's credits include a recurring role on “Ally McBeal;” a guest appearance on “Grey's Anatomy,” for which she received an Emmy® nomination; as well as guest appearances on “Saving Grace” and “The Good Wife.”
In theatre, Ricci made her Broadway debut in "Time Stands Still” and recently starred off-Broadway in “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”
Ricci serves as the National Spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and is a member of the organization's National Leadership Council. RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization, operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with over 1,100 rape crisis centers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Born on July 19, 1860, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden and her sister, Emma, lived with their father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby (Durfee Gray) Borden, into adulthood. On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home. Lizzie was arrested and tried for the axe murders. She was acquitted in 1893 and continued to live in Fall River until her death, on June 1, 1927. The case was never solved... Learn more about Lizzie Borden on Biography.com.