Ricci's next role was in The Laramie Project, a drama based on the murder of Matthew Shepard. The 2002 film, which premiered on HBO, received positive reviews from critics; TV Guide's Matt Roush praised the performances of the cast, while noting that the film's examination of homophobia could "enlighten" viewers. That same year, she starred with Kyle McLachlan in the British comedy-thriller Miranda, and guest-starred on the fifth and final season of Ally McBeal, appearing as lawyer Liza Bump in seven episodes. Also, she produced and starred in Pumpkin, a black comedy about the relationship between a disabled young man and a sorority girl. In his review for The Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert wrote, "Pumpkin is alive, and takes chances, and uses the wicked blade of satire in order to show up the complacent political correctness of other movies in its campus genre. It refuses to play it safe. And there is courage in the performances--for example [. . . ] the way Ricci sails fearlessly into the risky material".
Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California , the fourth and youngest child of Sarah (Murdoch), a real estate agent, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and a group therapist.   Regarding her ancestry, Ricci has stated, "The Italian blood has been bred out of me. 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 ." 
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The Internet started buzzing Monday morning when a picture of what appeared to be the actress dressed up as Morticia Addams from The Addams Family began surfacing online. Wearing a sleek, tight dress with a plunging neckline and dark lipstick, Ricci looked quite mysterious as she posed for the black and white photo.
Actress Christina Ricci displayed her keen business acumen as she decided to rent out her Hollywood Hills cottage instead of putting it up for sale in a poor real estate market. The house had been purchased in 2005 for $1, 505,000 and is now up for grabs at a rental of $8,000 per month.