Christina Ricci

Ricci in 2011, s_bukley /

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 12, 1980

Ethnicity: Irish (at least 62.5%), Italian (25%), smaller amounts of Scottish and English

Christina Ricci is an American actress. She has starred in the films Mermaids, The Addams Family (as Wednesday Addams), Now and Then, Casper (1995), Sleepy Hollow, The Ice Storm, Buffalo ’66, Pecker, The Opposite of Sex, Prozac Nation, Pumpkin, Anything Else, Monster, Cursed, Black Snake Moan, and Speed Racer, and on the show Yellowjackets, among other works. She is the national spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

Christina is the daughter of Sarah and Ralph Ricci. She was raised partly in Montclair, New Jersey. She has stated:

The Italian blood has been bred out of me. There’s an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they all had sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I’m basically Scots-Irish.

In fact, Christina’s father is of half Italian ancestry. The rest of her lineage is at least five eighths Irish.

Christina is married to hairstylist Mark Hampton. She has a son with her former husband, dolly grip James Heerdegen; and a daughter with Mark.

Christina’s paternal grandfather was Victor Edward Ricci (the son of Henry Ricci and Valentina Fiorentino/Fiorentini). Victor was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Aulla, Province of Massa and Carrara, Tuscany.

Christina’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Mae Ryan (the daughter of Patrick James Ryan and Helena J. Shay). Charlotte was born in New York. Patrick was born in Ireland, the son of Bernard Ryan and Catherine McDonald. Helena was born in New York, of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Timothy Shay and Mary Brennan.

Christina’s maternal grandfather was Paul Stein Murdoch/Murdock (the son of John T. Murdoch and Mary Bridget Thornton). Paul was born in Newark, New Jersey. John was the son of Edward Eli Murdoch/Murdock and Catherine/Kate Plowman, and had deep roots in the U.S. Mary was born in New Jersey, to Irish parents.

Christina’s maternal grandmother was Mary Alice Keaveny (the daughter of Francis Keaveny and Ann McGowan). Mary was born in Ireland, or in New Jersey, of Irish parentage.

Sources: Genealogy of Christina Ricci (focusing on her father’s side) –

Christina’s paternal grandmother, Charlotte Mae Ryan, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Christina’s maternal grandparents, Paul Stein Murdoch/Murdock and Mary Alice Keaveny –


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31 Responses

  1. Alex234 says:

    That forehead.

  2. Capricious says:

    She should’ve Anglicized her surname to Richie. She would’ve gotten more roles and famous.

  3. cwm85 says:

    Her Italian roots Definitely shows through…

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