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Also Known As: Jennifer Ann Mccarthy Died:
Born: November 1, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: comedian, actor, TV host, model, meat slicer in Polish grocery store

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

From Playboy centerfold to author of best-selling parenting books, Jenny McCarthy enjoyed one of Hollywood's more unusual career trajectories. While appearing on popular shows on MTV in the 1990s, legions of fans fell head over heels for the blue-eyed blonde's unladylike penchant for scatological humor and her fearless, unbridled goofiness. That appeal was not enough to draw steady audiences to her short-lived NBC prime time sitcom "Jenny," but nonetheless she was tapped for feature film appearances in broad fare like "Scream 3" (2000) and "Scary Movie 3" (2003), which generally banked on her tightly-clad physique. After chronicling her pregnancy and birth in a pair of well-received "tell-it-like-it-is" books, McCarthy's son was diagnosed with autism; she became an ardent activist on the vexing disease, earning a new kind of respect for her passion in getting to the bottom of one of the most puzzling medical issues of the day.

From Playboy centerfold to author of best-selling parenting books, Jenny McCarthy enjoyed one of Hollywood's more unusual career trajectories. While appearing on popular shows on MTV in the 1990s, legions of fans fell head over heels for the blue-eyed blonde's unladylike penchant for scatological humor and her fearless, unbridled goofiness. That appeal was not enough to draw steady audiences to her short-lived NBC prime time sitcom "Jenny," but nonetheless she was tapped for feature film appearances in broad fare like "Scream 3" (2000) and "Scary Movie 3" (2003), which generally banked on her tightly-clad physique. After chronicling her pregnancy and birth in a pair of well-received "tell-it-like-it-is" books, McCarthy's son was diagnosed with autism; she became an ardent activist on the vexing disease, earning a new kind of respect for her passion in getting to the bottom of one of the most puzzling medical issues of the day.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Santa Baby 2 (2009)
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 Santa Baby (2006)
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 Dirty Love (2005) Rebecca
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 Scary Movie 3 (2003) Kate
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 Python (2001)
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Milestones close milestones

1993:
First appearance in <i>Playboy</i> (Miss October)
1994:
Named <i>Playboy</i> Playmate of the Year
1994:
Moved to Los Angeles and hosted "Hot Rocks," a Playboy TV show featuring uncensored music videos
1995:
Co-hosted MTV's dating game show "Singled Out"
1995:
Played Christopher Walken's private nurse in "Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead"
1996:
Hosted the ABC special "Extreme Comedy"
1996:
Played small role in the John Landis comedy "The Stupids"
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Appeared in a controversial advertising campaign for Candies shoes (print and television)
1997:
Headlined MTV's sketch comedy show "The Jenny McCarthy Show"
1997:
Wrote first book, her autobiography titled <i>Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book</i>
1997:
Played the title role of a girl inheriting a residence in Hollywood on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Jenny"
1998:
Starred with the creators of "South Park" in the comedy spoof "BASEketball"
1999:
Played a brothel employee in "Diamonds," directed by then husband John Asher
2000:
Appeared in Wes Craven's "Scream 3"
2003:
Co-starred with Pamela Anderson in the third installment of the Scary Movie spoof "Scary Movie 3"
2004:
Published the best-selling book <i>Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth</i>
2005:
Cast in starring role on the short-lived UPN comedy "The Bad Girl's Guide"
2005:
Made debut as a writer and producer with "Dirty Love"; also starred and was directed by her then husband John Asher
2005:
Hosted the E! reality show "Party at the Palms," filmed at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, NV
2006:
Published third book <i>Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood</i>
2006:
Starred in the ABC Family original movie "Santa Baby"
2007:
Voiced Six in season three of "Tripping the Rift" on the Sci Fi Channel
2007:
Wrote fourth book <i>Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On</i>
2007:
Guest starred on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" as Courtney the crazy con-artist
2008:
Co-starred with Chelsea Handler and Leah Remini in the five episode web series "In The Motherhood"
2008:
Published the books <i>Louder Than Words</i> and <i>Mother Warriors</i> about her experiences dealing with her son's Autism
2009:
Co-wrote <i>Healing and Preventing Autism</i> with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
2009:
Reprised starring role in the ABC Family sequel "Santa Baby 2"
2010:
Wrote the book <i>Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance</i>
2012:
Hosted the NBC dating competition series "Love in the Wild"
2013:
Hosted "The Jenny McCarthy Show"
2013:
Joined "The View"
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Education

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School: Chicago , Illinois -
Southern Illinois University: Carbondale , Illinois -
Southern Illinois University: Carbondale , Illinois -

Notes

A 1996 Internet tally revealed McCarthy was No. 2 on a list of people about whom users wanted information (No. 1 was Pamela Anderson Lee).

"Obviously, I'm not a trained actress, and right now I'll come out and say I'm glad I'm not."---McCarthy to Rolling Stone, September 18, 1997.

"I did Playboy for a one-way ticket to L.A."---Jenny McCarthy quoted in the Los Angeles Times, September 28, 1997.

"I'd be doing radio interviews in Chicago and these girls would call up and say, 'Listen you ho, your soul is going to burn in hell forever and we're so ashamed of you we can't wait for you to move, so get out you slut!' It was horrible. I bawled every night. In the grocery store with my mom, people would be like, 'If that was my daughter, I'd kill her!' Half of our family disowned us. I've got three aunts that are nuns and four uncles that are priests. So you can understand where that comes from."---Jenny McCarthy on the reaction to her posing for Playboy to the Los Angeles Times, September 28, 1997.

"I thought it meant a big fluffy couch that you sit on. I would get into auditions, and these assholes would tell me to stand up and take my clothes off. These are high people in the industry that I will never name. They would say things like, 'You have to have dinner with me in order to make it in this town.'"---Jenny McCarthy on the Hollywood casting couch as quoted in Rolling Stone, July 11-25, 1997.

"I'm not trying to be a supermodel up there. In fact, I make a complete jackass of myself"McCarthy on her role as host of "Singled Out" to Rolling Stone, July 11-25, 1997.

McCarthy reportedly received $1 million to write the book "Jen-X".

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Ray Manzella. Manager. Born c. 1948; separated c. 1998.
husband:
John Asher. Director. British; born c. 1970; directed McCarthy in the film "Diamonds"; announced engagement in January 1999; married on September 11, 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Dan McCarthy. Steel company foreman. Separated from McCarthy's mother c. 1996.
mother:
Linda McCarthy. Aka Linda Konczal. Beautician, courthouse custodian. Separated from McCarthy's father c. 1996.
sister:
Lynette McCarthy. Born c. 1971; high school track standout.
sister:
Joanne McCarthy. Born c. 1975; all-star basketball player with eye on career in WNBA; record-holder for scoring and assists at University of Chicago at Illinois.
sister:
Amy McCarthy. Born c. 1977; on basketball team at University of Chicago at Illinois.
son:
Evan Joseph Asher. Born May 18, 2002; father is John Asher.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book" HarperCollins
"Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth"
"Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood"

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