LOS ANGELES (AP/WJW) — Christina Applegate held back tears as she was joined by her family and friends at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony Monday.
It was Applegate’s first public appearance since she announced last year that she has multiple sclerosis. She walked with a cane and was helped to the podium by Katey Sagal, who played her mother on “Married … With Children,” the hit Fox sitcom that aired from 1987 to 1997.
The 50-year-old actor, who has also survived breast cancer, said she’d wanted to be on the Walk of Fame since she was 5 years old.
During a speech she said she was so grateful for her 11-year-old daughter, whom she shares with Martyn LeNoble.
“You are so much more than even you know. You are so beautiful and kind and loving and smart and interesting. And I am blessed every day that I get to wake up and take you to your school and do what I — you are my everything. Thank you for standing beside me through all of this,” Applegate said. “Oh, by the way, I have a disease. Anyway. Did you not notice?”
Sagal also spoke on behalf of Applegate, praising her for her tenacity.
“You know, sweetheart, some of us come into this life requiring broad shoulders,” Sagal said. “Because what’s coming at us needs support to bear it broad enough to hold what shows up. I’ve seen you — the high highs of love and enormous success coupled with extreme challenges. But you came in with those shoulders and you bear the weight. And you bend and you don’t break.”
Prior to the event, Applegate had tweeted out a photo of her blinged-out walking sticks, teasing out an upcoming “important ceremony.”
“This will be my first time out since diagnosed with MS,” she said in the tweet. “Walking sticks are now part of my new normal.”
Applegate is now starring in the Netflix series “Dead To Me,” which premieres its third season Thursday.