Christine Elise McCarthy is an American actor, probably known best for her portrayal of Emily Valentine in “Beverly Hills, 90210”, and Kyle in “Child’s Play 2”. While she continues pursuing her acting career, Christine is also a producer, photographer, food blogger, and a YouTuber.
- 1 Early life, family, educational background
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- 5 Appearance, clothing style
- 6 Net worth and salary
Early life, family, educational background
Christine was born on 12 February 1965, in Boston, Massachusetts USA. Her mother is Gail Rush, a successful photographer, but details about her father aren’t widely known, only that he was an artist. Christine seems to be the only child, raised by her parents in Boston.
Elise matriculated from Boston Latin School in 1983, then according to her LinkedIn profile, she attended Boston University from 1983 through 1984, and studied in the faculty of Communication and Media Studies, but apparently didn’t graduate.
Career as an actress
At the beginning of her career, Elise usually participated in single episodes or played recurring roles in TV series. In 1989, she landed her first role as Rhonda Gielgud in the TV series “Head of the Class”. followed by her portrayal of Catherine Baker in an episode of “Baywatch”.
One of the most remarkable periods of Elise’s career started in 1990, when she starred in the final season of “China Beach”, portraying Karen Lanier in four episodes, then during the same year, she had a role in the movie “Child’s Play 2”.
In 1991, she was cast for the TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210” which brought her incredible fame and recognition, then in 1993, she starred in two movies: “Boiling Point” and “Body Snatchers”.
After several short appearances in TV series, Elise landed another big role, in 1995 playing the role of Harper Tracy in 15 episodes of “ER”, followed in 1996 by playing the role of Erin Coffey in “L.A. Firefighters”.
Throughout her career, McCarthy has had multiple single of guest appearances in popular TV shows, such as “Fantasy Island”, “The Strip”, “Strong Medicine”, “Judging Amy”, and “JAG”.
In 2017, she reprised her role as Kyle from “Child’s Play 2” in the movie “Cult of Chucky”, and later in the TV series “Chucky” (2021). Meantime, in 2019, Elise portrayed Emily Valentine once again in “BH90210”, a reboot of the original “Beverly Hills, 90210”.
Career as a producer
McCarthy was never content with being just an actor. In 2010, she directed, produced, wrote, and starred in the short film “Bathing & the Single Girl”; the movie showcases the hardships of dating and bathing with single men, depicting the struggles of a young woman in a humorous manner. The film won around 20 awards, and was screened at close to 100 festivals.
Since 2014, Elise has been a story producer for multiple TV shows, such as “Best Bars in America”, “Cold Justice”, “Rich in Faith”, “Tamar & Vince”, and “Hellevator”,
Career as a photographer
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Elise is also a photographer. She displayed her work at the “2nd Cup Café” in Boston and “Pink Flamingo” in Paris, and also at the “Burlesque As Art” exhibit. She’s also turned her photos into sellable pieces, such as T-shirts, stickers, sweatshirts, mugs, etc., and displays her full collection on Redbubble.
Career as a food blogger and YouTuber
Christine has a vegan ‘food porn blog’ “DelighfulDeliciousDelovely”, on which she shares versatile vegan recipes, and posts food photos. She also has the accompanying YouTube channel called “ Delightful Delicious Delovely & Video Vegan”, attracting over 8,600 subscribers.
Career as a writer
Elise is also a writer – her debut novel was “Bathing & the Single Girl”, which was released in 2014. It’s a hilarious novel that discusses the hardships of being an actor, and the consequences of bad decisions. Elise has also written three episodes, characters, and storylines for “Beverly Hills, 90210”.
Elise dated fellow “Beverly Hills, 90210” actor Jason Priestley back in the ’90s; the couple lived together for five years, from 1992 to 1997. The exact reason for their break-up is unknown.
Regardless of leading a fun, open and versatile lifestyle, Elise is mostly secretive about her personal life. She seems to be single at the moment, or she simply chooses not to share information about her partners. Elise doesn’t have any children, and has never been engaged.
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There have been rumors regarding her sexual orientation, which the actress hasn’t addressed publicly.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
Elise is a huge animal lover. Not only does she love (and own) dogs and other pets, but she is also compassionate about all animals in general. As a vegan, she is quite vocal about animal cruelty, promotes a vegan lifestyle, and shares recipes to help people see the benefits of having a non-meat diet.
McCarthy shares her political views on her Instagram page, promoting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, discussing feminist issues, and reposting important messages.
Allegedly, Elise loves listening to rock, metal, and pop music; her favorite singer is Amy Winehouse.
She loves traveling, cooking, and doing puzzles in her free time.
Appearance, clothing style
Elise is 57 years old. Her height is 5ft 4ins (165cm) and she weighs out 120lbs (55kgs). She changes her looks frequently – t one point she had short blond hair, then short brown hair. It’s unknown what she looks like today as she doesn’t share a lot of pictures of herself on social media. She has brown eyes and a lighter complexion.
Christine wears casual clothes while recording videos at home. During public appearances and photoshoots, she loves wearing designer clothes and extravagant styles.
Net worth and salary
Christine Elise McCarthy’s estimated net worth is close to $6 million, most of her money earned through her acting gigs. It’s unknown whether she has a steady income or not from blogging and YouTube. It’s also unclear how much she earns from selling her designs on Redbubble. She has 125,000 followers on Instagram, but she doesn’t seem to offer sponsored services. It hasn’t been revealed to the public if she earns money from the sales of her novel.