Christina Applegate celebrated Monday by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The event was Applegate’s first public appearance since sharing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis last year. The actor reflected on his career in a moving speech full of heart and humor.
“I’ve had a really interesting life,” Applegate said. “Life began when she was a little girl, on this very street, in that very theater, in line to see the first ‘Star Wars’, looking at them. [stars on the street] going, ‘who are these people?’ What did they do? Did they do something right? Did they do something wrong? Anyway, I want one. I want one! And I was five years old. So this day means more to me than you can imagine.”
Applegate was honored at the event by a number of current and former colleagues, including Katey Sagal and David Faustino from TV’s “Married…With Children” family and “Dead To Me” co-star Linda Cardellini.
“You are my Everything. I love to start with you two,” he said, referring to Faustino and Sagal who were next to him as he spoke. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are my people. You are my loves.”
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Applegate talked about her struggle to finish filming the third and final season of “Dead to Me,” which premieres on Netflix this week.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can focus on is, ‘Oh, look at the cripple,’ that’s not up to me,” he said in the release. “I’m sure people will say, ‘I can’t get over it.'”
“Okay, don’t pass, then,” he added. “But we hope people get through it and enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”
Applegate shed tears in the crowd as she addressed her daughter at Monday’s ceremony.
“Thank you for standing by me,” Applegate said, before squealing to the audience, “Oh, by the way, I have an illness. Don’t you realize? I haven’t even got my shoes on… You’ve got to laugh at that!”