Christine Taylor

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 The Wedding Singer, Zoolander, and DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.

Christine Taylor
Christine Joan Taylor

(1971-07-30) July 30, 1971
Years active1989–present
Ben Stiller
(m. 2000; sep. 2017)

Early life

Taylor was born on July 30, 1971, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Joan, a homemaker, and Albert E. "Skip" Taylor III, who owns a security company.[1] She grew up in neighboring Wescosville, Pennsylvania, she has one brother. Taylor was raised Roman Catholic and attended Allentown Central Catholic High School.[2]


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 then 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 ex-husband Ben Stiller announced plans to direct a CBS sitcom starring Taylor,[3] but the series never aired.[2] 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.

Taylor guest starred on Elementary in 2017, playing villainess Gail Lundqvist.

Personal life

Taylor married actor Ben Stiller on May 13, 2000.[4] They met while making the TV show Heat Vision and Jack. Stiller and Taylor appeared together in Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander 2, and the TV series Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm. They lived in Westchester County, New York[5] and have a daughter and a son.[6] Both adopted a vegan diet for health reasons.[7] After 17 years of marriage, Stiller and Taylor separated in 2017.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1993Calendar GirlMelissa SmockCredited as Christine Joan Taylor
1994Night of the Demons 2Terri
1995Breaking FreeBrooke Kaufman
The Brady Bunch MovieMarcia Brady
1996The CraftLaura Lizzie
A Very Brady SequelMarcia Brady
Cat Swallows Parakeet and Speaks!Ballerina
1997Campfire TalesLauren
The Wedding SingerHolly Sullivan
Overnight DeliveryKimberly Jasney
Desperate But Not SeriousLili
Heat Vision and JackThe Sheriff
1999Kiss Toledo GoodbyeDeeann Emory
2001True LoveUnknown
ZoolanderMatilda Jeffries
2004Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryKatherine "Kate" Veatch
The First Year's a BitchAndrea
2006Room 6Amy
The MirrorHerself
2007License To WedLindsey Jones
2008Tropic ThunderRebecca
2012The First TimeMrs. Miller
2016Zoolander 2Matilda Jeffries
Little BoxesJoan
2019FriendsgivingBrianneIn post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1991Hey DudeMelody HansonMain cast; 5 seasons
1991DallasMargaret Barnes1 episode: "Conundrum"
Saved by the BellHeather Brooks1 episode
Life Goes OnDrama Student #11 episode, as Christine Joan Taylor
1992BlossomPatti1 episode, as Christine Joan Taylor
1995Caroline in the CityDebbie1 episode
Here Come the MunstersMarilyn Hyde (Munster)Television film
EllenKaren Lewis2 episodes
1996Party GirlMary4 episodes
To the Ends of TimePrincess StephanieTelevision film
1997RewindDanaUnaired pilot
Murphy BrownTaffy1 episode
FriendsBonnie3 episodes
SeinfeldEllen1 episode: "The Van Buren Boys"
1999CupidYvonne1 episode
2000Spin CityCatherine Moore (Caitlin's Sister)1 episode
2003Harry's GirlHarry's GirlTelevision film
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmHerself3 episodes
2005The CommutersSandyTelevision film
2005–2018Arrested DevelopmentSally Sitwell8 episodes
2006My Name Is EarlAlex MeyersEpisode "The Professor"
American Dad!Candy (voice)1 episode
52 FlightsJenniferTelevision film
2010Phineas and FerbKhakka Peu Peu's nagging wife1 episode
Hannah Montana ForeverLori2 episodes
Farewell Mr. KringleAnnaTelevision film
2011Rip CityJanet MarshTelevision film
2012–2013Burning LoveSymphony4 episodes
2015SharingPollyTelevision film
2016Search Party Gail5 episodes
2017Elementary Gail Lundquist1 episode
2017Odd Mom OutBarrett1 episode
2018InsatiableGayle Keene2 episodes


  1. WILLISTEIN, PAUL (February 12, 1995). "Here's The Story How Christine Taylor Became Marcia Brady". The Morning Call. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. "Christine Taylor Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  3. "Stiller, CBS down home for Taylor-tailored comedy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2006.
  4. Errico, Marcus (May 16, 2000). "Ben Stiller Hitched!". E!. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  5. Tulloch, Lee (November 16, 2013). "Ben Stiller in the moment". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  6. Thompson, Bob (December 16, 2006). "Group Outing". National Post. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2009.
  7. Yates, Karin (May 18, 2012). "Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller Embrace Plant-Based Lifestyle". Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  8. Deerwester, Jayme (May 26, 2017). "Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor separate after 17 years of marriage". USA Today. Mclean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
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