She has three other siblings. Her ancestry is a mix of Italian, Irish and Scottish.
A movie critic who was in the audience of one her elementary school plays discovered her. The critic suggested Christina get an agent for TV work. Christina recalled, My brothers and sisters bullied my mother into letting me make the decision. She added, I hadnt chosen a career. It was always something that me and my family had said I would keep doing until I didnt think it was fun anymore. And when I was about 14, I was like, no, I think I want to carry on doing this for the rest of my life (guardian.co.uk).
As a child, she grew up in New Jersey and attended the Professional Childrens School in New York City. Her parents separated when Christina Ricci was 13 and she has not spoken with her father since.
Her nickname growing up was Squant because of her fascination with the Native American Squanto.
Christina Ricci landed commercials when she was six and made her film debut in Mermaids. But her big childhood break came with her role as Wednesday Addams in the film The Addams Family and its sequel. Other movies followed, including Casper, Now and Then, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain. She has said, I certainly hope Im not still answering child-star questions by the time I reach menopause (askmen.com).
Christina Ricci segued into adult roles with movies like The Ice Storm, The Opposite of Sex, Prozac Nation (in which she appears nude), Sleepy Hallow, Monster and Black Snake Moan.
Television appearances include Greys Anatomy, Ally McBeal, and Pan Am. Christina Ricci has appeared on Broadway in Time Stands Still. She also has her own production company called Blaspheme Films.
Christina Ricci has tattoos of a lion, a fairy, praying hands, Jack, a sparrow, a mermaid, and the words Move or Bleed.
Christina Ricci has admitted her old attitude was one of defensive sarcasm. She said of appearing on Pan Am: At first I was like, oh God, its so weird, because for years I was the youngest, although apparently I dont act my age at all. No one can tell Im any older. but now Im used to it. Ive come to terms with it. Im an adult and I have to deal with that fact (guardian.co.uk).