On Monday, Christina Applegate had great lines and cried at walk of fame ceremony and celebrated the fact that she had been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Since Applegate disclosed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a year ago, this event was her first time appearing in public since then. The actress gave a moving speech that was filled with heart and humor, in which she reflected on her career as an actress.
Applegate said Monday's star ceremony "means more to me than you can possibly imagine" after making her television debut in "Days of Our Lives" in the 1970s and later becoming popular as Kelly Bundy on "Married... With Children" in the 1980s.
The actor for "Up All Night" was scheduled to attend the event, which was put on by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, two years ago.
But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, her Walk of Fame ceremony was postponed, just like everything else in 2020. Applegate has since made significant changes in her personal life public.
The 50-year-old Emmy Award-winning actor tweeted that she faces "a tough road" after learning she has multiple sclerosis in August 2021. Since then, Applegate has maintained a low profile, but in October, she tweeted that she would be attending a "very important ceremony."
While sharing a photo of several canes, she said:
This will be my first time out since diagnosed with MS. Walking sticks are now part of my new normal, stay tuned to see which ones make the cut for a week of stuff.- Christina Applegate
The Emmy winner added a clear and black crystal walking stick to her black pantsuit ensemble on Monday.
Applegate found support from her "Married... With Children" mother Katey Sagal in her first outing as her "new normal," who held onto her as she addressed throngs of devoted viewers and Hollywood onlookers. Shoeless.
Oh, by the way, I have a disease. Did you not notice? I’m not even wearing shoes. Anywho, you’re supposed to laugh at that.- Christina Applegate
Curious onlookers, including Mickey Mouse and Wonder Woman impersonators, crowded into the entrance of the La La Land gift shop to get a glimpse of the television star at the security guards' request.
Tour buses slowed to a slow roll as pedestrians jaywalked across Hollywood Boulevard.
For Applegate, the occasion on Monday marked not just one but two reunions. Sagal and David Faustino from "Married... With Children," as well as Linda Cardellini and Liz Feldman from "Dead to Me," all participated in the celebration of her Hollywood milestone.
The "Samantha Who?" actress "introduced me to my spiritual community, which helped me go from negative to positive and helped me transform my life," Faustino recalled of their travels together.
I’ve seen you the high highs of love and enormous success, coupled with extreme challenges, but you came in with those shoulders and you bear the weight and you bend and you don’t break.- Sagal
To Feldman, Applegate is a fierce mother, both on - and off-screen. He said,
A lioness for her crew, her fellow actors and for her showrunner. A den mother to us all — someone willing to draw from her enormous strength to put the work in but always looking out for everyone involved. What more could you want.- Feldman
In her ode to the Tony nominee, Cardellini channeled Judy and Jen's ride-or-die spirit just days before the final season of "Dead to Me" debuts on Netflix on Thursday.
Actors Selma Blair and Amanda Bearse, the latter of whom was a former "Married... With Children" co-star of Christina Applegate, were also present. They sat in a section of the sidewalk that had been blocked off with Applegate's team and loved ones.
Alex Dwyer, one of Applegate's admirers present at the ceremony, arrived sporting a "Married...With Children" shirt.
The Studio City resident celebrated Applegate's major accomplishment with Kirsten Straccamoro and Kallie Larsen, two other "Dead to Me" fans.
The three individuals were already familiar with the parts that Applegate played in the films "The Sweetest Thing" and "Anchorman" as well as the roles that he played on the sitcom "Friends."
But they said that the artist's performance on "Dead to Me" had the most impact on them. Fans of Applegate have expressed that they feel "really proud" of the artist for her achievement in Hollywood, particularly in light of the fact that she was diagnosed with cancerthe said disease.
Kallie Larsen stated that her mom recently received a diagnosis of ALS, a motor neuron disease, and she also has trouble at times getting out and doing things because she is disabled. Just seeing her accept this amazing honor for something so historic is nice.
It’s always going to be on the Walk of Fame, everyone will walk by and see it, people will spill their coffee on it, but it’s there and she’s cemented literally as a part of that history.- Kallie Larsen