Her father had a varied career including gym teacher, primal scream therapist - much to the amusement of his children - lawyer and drug counsellor. There's an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they had all sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I'm basically Scots-Irish. Another child was originally cast in the role, but Ricci got him to hit her and told on him; he lost the role to her as part of his punishment. She also appears in the music video of the film's soundtrack " The Shoop Shoop Song ".
The following year, she starred as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in the feature film adaptation of The Addams Family. She reprised the role for the film's sequel, Addams Family Values. Both films were commercially successful, and critics singled out Ricci's performance as being one of the highlights of the first film and its sequel. Her next project, the live-action adaptation of Casper , was her first in a lead role.
The feature received mixed critical reviews, but it was a success at the box office, being the year's eighth highest-grossing film. The film was a box office success, and critics praised it as the "female version" of Stand by Me. In , Ricci began to appear in more adult roles, beginning with her performance as the troubled, sexually curious Wendy Hood in Ang Lee 's critically acclaimed The Ice Storm. Ricci subsequently appeared in films like the independent hit Buffalo '66 in which she played Vincent Gallo 's unwitting abductee-turned-girlfriend , John Waters ' Pecker , and Don Roos ' The Opposite of Sex as the acid-tongued, manipulative Dede.
For her performance as Dede, Ricci won acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Although she missed out on an Academy Award nomination, Entertainment Weekly honored her well-received performance as one of the "Worst Oscar Snubs Ever". She then starred opposite Charlize Theron in the film Monster ; during Theron's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes , she acknowledged Ricci, calling her the "unsung hero" of the film.
She performed parodies of Britney Spears and the Olsen twins. During one of her skits, she accidentally punched actress Ana Gasteyer in the face. It received mixed reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes tallying an overall score of 66 percent. Life which had a limited release on April 9, In January , she starred in the title role of the Lifetime original movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax in which she portrayed Lizzie Borden who was accused, tried, and ultimately acquitted of the murder of both her father and stepmother in the summer of A year later, she reprised the character in a limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles , also on Lifetime.
Her image has appeared in over 10 of his oil paintings and numerous sketches.