Christina Applegate gave U.S. TV audiences a late night laugh on Tuesday, July 27 - when she exposed the real-life ditzy blond who inspired her character on hit '90s sitcom "Married with Children". Applegate soared to fame after playing stereotypical dumb blond Kelly Bundy on the hit series, about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago, Illinois.
But it wasn't until she saw spacey, Spandex-wearing Cindy Birmisa in a 1988 documentary about heavy metal that she developed her famous Married with Children character. The actress played a clip from the film on late night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" - and admitted even Birmisa herself doesn't know she was Applegate's inspiration.
She explained, "If you see the first season of 'Married with Children', I'm kind of a tougher 15 year old. But I saw 'The Decline of Civilization Part II: The Metal Years' and I'm watching this movie and this girl comes on and I went, 'Oh my God, that's it! That's who this character is!' And literally the next day I went to get Lycra mini dresses with the wardrobe lady... I haven't ever revealed who it was and this is her."