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Christine Taylor
Christine Joan Taylor

(1971-07-30) July 30, 1971 (age 52)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
(m. 2000)
Children 2

Christine Joan Taylor Stiller (born July 30, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for playing Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel, as well as roles in films like The Craft, The Wedding Singer, Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and her television roles in Hey Dude, Arrested Development, and Search Party.

Early life

Taylor was born on July 30, 1971 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Joan, a homemaker, and Albert "Skip" Taylor III, who owns a security company. She grew up in neighboring Wescosville, Pennsylvania. She has one younger brother, Brian.

Taylor was raised Roman Catholic and attended St. Thomas More School and Allentown Central Catholic High School.


Taylor began her acting career in 1989 on the Nickelodeon children's television series Hey Dude where she played the lifeguard Melody Hanson. She continued in that role through 1991 while making various guest appearances on other programs. In 1995, Taylor was cast as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and later in A Very Brady Sequel. Following The Brady Bunch Movie, Taylor made several comedic guest appearances on the TV series Ellen, landing the lead role in the television series Party Girl, based on the 1995 film of the same name, and more guest appearances on Seinfeld and Friends. She played the racist school bully Laura Lizzie in the 1996 horror film The Craft, and also played Drew Barrymore's cousin, Holly Sullivan, in the 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer. In 2001, she starred alongside her husband Ben Stiller in Zoolander.

Later, she made television appearances as a guest star, in 2005, in two episodes of Arrested Development as "Sally Sitwell" and, in 2006, in an episode of NBC's My Name Is Earl. In July 2006, Taylor's husband Ben Stiller announced plans to direct a CBS sitcom starring Taylor, but the series never aired. She has appeared with Mandy Moore in both Dedication and License to Wed. In 2010, Taylor guest starred in Hannah Montana Forever. In 2010, she also starred in the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie Farewell Mr. Kringle. In 2013, Taylor reprised her role as Sally Sitwell in two episodes of the revived Arrested Development. She also guest starred on Elementary in 2017, playing villainess Gail Lundquist.

Beginning in 2016, Taylor has had a recurring role as Gail on Search Party. In 2021, Taylor joined the cast of High Desert, an Apple TV+ series.

Personal life

Taylor dated actor Neil Patrick Harris from 1997 to 1998.

Taylor married actor Ben Stiller, who she first met in 1999 while they were both filming Heat Vision and Jack. Taylor and Stiller appeared together in the films Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander 2 and in the TV series Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm. They lived in Westchester County, New York and have a daughter and a son. Both adopted a vegetarian diet for health reasons. After 17 years of marriage, Taylor and Stiller separated in 2017. The couple later reconciled after living together during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Calendar Girl Melissa Smock Credited as Christine Joan Taylor
Showdown Julie
1994 Night of the Demons 2 Terri
1995 Breaking Free Brooke Kaufman
The Brady Bunch Movie Marcia Brady
1996 The Craft Laura Lizzie
A Very Brady Sequel Marcia Brady
Cat Swallows Parakeet and Speaks! Ballerina
To the Ends of Time Princess Stephanie
1997 Campfire Tales Lauren
1998 Denial Sammie
The Wedding Singer Holly Sullivan
Overnight Delivery Kimberly Jasney
Desperate But Not Serious Lili
Heat Vision and Jack The Sheriff
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Deeann Emory
2001 True Love Unknown
Zoolander Matilda Jeffries
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Katherine "Kate" Veatch
The First Year's a ... Andrea
2006 Room 6 Amy
Dedication Allison
The Mirror Herself
2007 License To Wed Lindsey Jones
2008 Tropic Thunder Rebecca
Kabluey Betty
2012 The First Time Mrs. Miller
2016 Zoolander 2 Matilda Jeffries
Little Boxes Joan
2020 Friendsgiving Brianne


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1991 Hey Dude Melody Hanson Main cast; 5 seasons
1991 Dallas Margaret Barnes 1 episode: "Conundrum"
Saved by the Bell Heather Brooks 1 episode
Life Goes On Drama Student #1 1 episode, as Christine Joan Taylor
1992 Blossom Patti 1 episode, as Christine Joan Taylor
1995 Caroline in the City Debbie 1 episode
Here Come the Munsters Marilyn Hyde (Munster) Television film
Ellen Karen Lewis 2 episodes
1996 Party Girl Mary 4 episodes
To the Ends of Time Princess Stephanie Television film
1997 Rewind Dana Unaired pilot
Murphy Brown Taffy 1 episode
Friends Bonnie 3 episodes
Seinfeld Ellen 1 episode: "The Van Buren Boys"
1999 Cupid Yvonne 1 episode
2000 Spin City Catherine Moore (Caitlin's Sister) 1 episode
2003 Harry's Girl Harry's Girl Television film
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself 3 episodes
2005 The Commuters Sandy Television film
2005–2018 Arrested Development Sally Sitwell 8 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Alex Meyers Episode "The Professor"
American Dad! Candy (voice) 1 episode
52 Flights Jennifer Television film
2010 Phineas and Ferb Khakka Peu Peu's nagging wife 1 episode
Hannah Montana Forever Lori 2 episodes
Farewell Mr. Kringle Anna Television film
2011 Rip City Janet Marsh Television film
2012–2013 Burning Love Symphony 4 episodes
2015 Sharing Polly Television film
2016–2022 Search Party Gail 11 episodes
2017 Elementary Gail Lundquist 1 episode
2017 Odd Mom Out Barrett 1 episode
2018 Insatiable Gayle Keene 2 episodes
2021 iCarly Argenthina Woolridge 1 episode
TBA High Desert Dianne Recurring role, upcoming series

See also

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