Christine Taylor has come a long way in Hollywood since she first graced the screen in Nickelodeon’s Hey Dude (1989) as Melody Hanson. She was only a teenager when she took on what would go on to become one of her trademark roles. Over thirty years later, Christine continues to prove as capable as the girl who played Melody.
A few years after Hey Dude, the actress landed her breakthrough role as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch in 1995 and A Very Brady Sequel the following year. There was nowhere to go but up from here for Christine, and the subsequent years proved that.
She appeared in several supporting roles in comedy films and television, including The Wedding Singer, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as well as Zoolander. Besides the impeccable performance, the actress was steadily becoming renowned at the time. The two latter roles were particularly special because she starred in them alongside her then-significant other, now ex-husband, Ben Stiller.
Unlike Christine Taylor, who is majorly an actress, Ben Stiller combines acting with comedy, writing, producing, and directing. Still, both are successful in their own rights.
Christine Taylor Was Born to Be Marcia Brady
Named Christine Joan Taylor at birth, the beautiful actress is the daughter of homemaker Joan and security firm owner Albert E. “Skip” Taylor III. She was born on July 30, 1971, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The actress has one brother with whom she was raised in the Catholic faith while growing up in Wescosville, Pennsylvania. She acquired her high school education at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
According to Christine, she was told she looked like Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick, the actress who played Marcia in the original 1970 series) throughout her time in school.
She Has Quite an Extensive List of Credits
Starting her acting career in 1989, Christine Taylor first acted as lifeguard/dance instructor Melody Hanson on the Nickelodeon children’s TV series, Hey Dude. She played the role until 1991, and within the time, she also made several guest appearances on shows like Dallas, Saved by the Bell, and Life Goes On.
She appeared in Blossom in 1992 and followed it with the role as Terri in Night of the Demons 2 in 1994. The following year, she featured in Caroline in the City and made several guest appearances on Ellen before going on to play Marilyn Hyde in the television film, Here Come the Munsters.
In the same 1995, Christine landed the role of Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie. A role she seemed to have been born to play (thanks to her skillset and uncanny resemblance to the former Marcia), and later reprised in A Very Brady Sequel. In 1996, Christine Taylor landed a lead role in Fox series Party Girl as Laura Lizzie.
The following year, she appeared in three television series- Murphy Brown, Friends and Seinfeld as Taffy, Bonnie, and Ellen respectively. Christine also played a role in the 1997 movie, Campfire Tales. In 1998, she stuck to film, appearing in Denial, The Wedding Singer, Overnight Delivery, and Heat Vision and Jack.
The next year, she featured in an episode each of Cupid and Spin City. Also, she played Deeann Emory in Kiss Toledo Goodbye.
Her Latter Career in Film and Television
Later in 2005, she appeared as a guest star in two episodes of Arrested Development, portraying the character of Sally Sitwell and in 2006 as Alex Meyers in My Name Is Earl. She also appeared in the movies Room 6 and Dedication.
Christine Taylor has remained active in the industry and has a host of films and television series to her credit. Some of her other works include License To Wed (2007), The First Time (2012), Little Boxes (2016), Friendsgiving (2019), Burning Love (2012-2013), Search Party, Elementary, Odd Mom Out, and Insatiable.
Christine Taylor And Ben Stiller Met While Filming a Show That Never Aired
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller met in 1999 while filming the pilot of Fox’s sci-fi comedy, Heat Vision and Jack. The proposed show, however, never went on air. While Ben worked as the director, producer, writer as well as starred in the show, Christine co-starred alongside him as Sheriff. The duo started dating not long after and in November 1999, they got engaged.
On May 13, 2000, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller became husband and wife, following a wedding ceremony which took place in Hawaii, in an oceanfront location in Kauai. While the two seemed to have romance on-lock at home, they also nurtured the professional relationship that began on that set in 1999.
They Have Worked on More Than Eight Films Together
With Stiller in either director/producer seat or as co-stars, the couple has worked on multiple films and television projects together. Some of these works include both Zoolander movies, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Friends, and Tropic Thunder.
Unfortunately, after 17 years as man and wife, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller parted ways. They announced in a joint statement on May 26, 2017, that they had separated. And unlike many couples of their standing, they managed to keep their split amicable.
A little over a year after the announcement, paparazzi sported the duo looking happy in each other’s company after a late lunch in New York City in July 2018. They were also seen arriving and walking the red carpet together at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Stiller had been nominated for Best Director for a Limited Series for his work on his TV miniseries Escape at Dannemora.
Their most recent collaboration is on the 2020 ensemble comedy film Friendsgiving starring Taylor and produced by Stiller.
Taylor and Stiller Have Two Kids Together
The couple may have eventually parted ways, but they gave each other two lasting gifts that they’ll both forever cherish. On April 10, 2002, Christine gave birth to their first child, a girl named Ella Olivia Stiller in Los Angeles. Three years later, on July 10, 2005, little Ella got a younger brother with the birth of Quinlin Dempsey Stiller.
Taylor and Stiller’s 18 years together weren’t without struggles. Still, the couple alongside their two kids, dealt with most blows like they did their happy moments, together. Until their separation, that is.
Much of Christine’s career was spent at home with the kids while Ben’s stardom grew in front of the camera. Now that they are both older, they seem to be doing pretty well on their own as their parents carry on with her business.
Ben Stiller’s Net Worth is 20 Times More Than Christine Taylor’s
Christine Taylor has remained active in the entertainment industry ever since she started in 1989. Within her decades-long acting career, Christine Taylor has received several award nominations. They include two MTV Movie Awards for her work on A Very Brady Sequel, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Speaking of awards, Christine’s ex-husband Ben is a bit of an overachiever in comparison. Throughout his career, the man has received several awards and honor, without counting the numerous nominations he didn’t win. His biggest wins include but are not limited to an Emmy, a Britannia, a Teen Choice, and multiple MTV Movie Awards.
He is an honorary member of the prestigious Princeton University’s class of 2005. The legendary entertainer was honored at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood with a hand and footprint ceremony in 2013. A Guinness World Record in 2016, and a Directors Guild of America Award win in 2019, are among his several other achievements.
From each credit on her filmography, Christine Taylor has accrued an estimated net worth of $10 million. If she continues on her current trajectory, that amount might increase in the coming years. On the other hand, her ex-husband Ben Stiller’s wealth has an estimated net worth of $200 million.