Christina Applegate is a talented actress and an even stronger woman

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I can’t be alone on this one: I used to have to sneak around to watch Married With Children. My mom was so not down with me watching that show. I didn’t totally get it (until later), but I loved Christina Applegate enough in her role that I even watched when she was on 21 Jump Street. I also watched when she starred in Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. I tuned in to see her in Mars Attacks! and The Sweetest Thing.

Let’s not forget her fierce Emmy-winning performance on Friends, and the brilliance that is Anchorman.

She’s always been one of those actresses who is not only so hot, but is also so full of artistic integrity that you can pretty much bet whatever she’s in is going to be good. Her latest project, Samantha Who? seems a perfect addition to her canon. After years of great performances in good roles, there was something about her role as Samantha that was just haunting. So it saddened me to hear that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

I can’t even imagine hearing the words “you have cancer” and getting a grip on the notion that they apply to me. I’m always floored and inspired by all the women who hear those words and find the fortitude within themselves to stare it down and defy the diagnosis. And yet Applegate went on Good Morning America last week and announced that, not only had she developed breast cancer, but she had made the difficult decision to have a double mastectomy less than a month ago. She told GMA:

Sometimes, you know, I cry, and sometimes I scream, and I get really angry, and I get really like, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. And I think that’s — it’s all part of healing, and anyone who’s going through it out there, it’s OK to cry. It’s OK to fall on the ground and just scream if you want to.

Excellent advice from a truly talented, strong woman. Her next film is the somewhat apropos-titled Everything Is Going to Be Just Fine with the hysterical Jennifer Coolidge and John Michael Higgins. It’s currently in production and slated for a 2009 release.

Best of luck to Christina in her recovery!

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