Jenny McCarthy

TV host, Comedian, Actor
From iPlayboy/i 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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/01/1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

2015 American Music Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Donnie Loves Jenny 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Nashville 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Cattle Call 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thank Heaven 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Jenny McCarthy Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Countdown to the American Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Love in the Wild 1995 - 1996, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

Party @ the Palms 1995 - 1996, 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

Singled Out 1995 - 1997, 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1995 - 1997, 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

2010 American Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

After Lately 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two and a Half Men 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Chuck 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The A-List Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night's Main Event 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Spike Guys Choice 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Witless Protection 2008 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

John Tucker Must Die 2006 (Movie)

Lori (Actor)

My Name is Earl 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '05 Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Love 2005 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

InStyle Greatest Celebrity Weddings 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Still Brady After All These Years 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The Bad Girl's Guide 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Weekends at the D.L. 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

A Scooby-Doo Halloween 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Hope & Faith 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

One on One 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Wild Card 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Charmed 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fastlane 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2000, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Less Than Perfect 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wanda At Large 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect You 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Python 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

Sarah Darling (Actor)

The 4th Annual Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds 1999 (Movie)

Sugar (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Europe Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Host

Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

Yvette Denslow (Actor)

Canned Ham: BASEketball 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Comedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Jenny Mccarthy Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Glamorous Woman (Actor)

MTV's Spring Break '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Blond Nurse (Actor)

Jenny (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Baby (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Dirty Love 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

From <i>Playboy</i> 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.

Relationships

John Mallory Asher Actor

Husband
Asher directed McCarthy in "Diamonds" (1999) and "Dirty Love" (2005) Announced engagement in January 1999 Married Sept. 11, 1999 Divorced in 2006

Evan Asher

Son
Born May 18, 2002; father, John Asher Diagnosed with Autism in 2005

Jim Carrey Actor

Companion
Began dating in December 2005 Announced split via the social networking site Twitter on April 06, 2010

Paul Krepelka

Companion
Met on a blind date in late 2010

Ray Manzella Co-Producer

Companion
Briefly dated in 1998 No longer together

Dan McCarthy

Father
Separated from McCarthy's mother c. 1996

Melissa McCarthy Actor

Cousin

Linda McCarthy

Mother
Separated from McCarthy's father c. 1996

Amy McCarthy

Sister
Born c. 1977 Played on the basketball team at the University of Chicago at Illinois

Joanne McCarthy

Sister
Born c. 1975 Played on the basketball team at the University of Chicago at Illinois

Lynette McCarthy

Sister
Born c. 1971 Was a high school track standout

Brian Urlacher Actor

Companion
McCarthy confirmed they were dating May 2012 Announced split August 2012

Donnie Wahlberg Actor

Husband
Announced engagement on an episode of "The View" Married in New York.

EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, Illinois
Left after two years to pursue modeling

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, Illinois
Left after two years to pursue modeling

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School

Chicago, Illinois
Catholic high school; wore her school sweater when she was pictured in the pages of <i>Playboy</i>

Milestones

2013

Hosted "The Jenny McCarthy Show"

2013

Joined "The View"

2012

Hosted the NBC dating competition series "Love in the Wild"

2010

Wrote the book <i>Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance</i>

2009

Reprised starring role in the ABC Family sequel "Santa Baby 2"

2009

Co-wrote <i>Healing and Preventing Autism</i> with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel

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

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

2007

Voiced Six in season three of "Tripping the Rift" on the Sci Fi Channel

2006

Starred in the ABC Family original movie "Santa Baby"

2006

Published third book <i>Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood</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

2004

Published the best-selling book <i>Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth</i>

2003

Co-starred with Pamela Anderson in the third installment of the Scary Movie spoof "Scary Movie 3"

2000

Appeared in Wes Craven's "Scream 3"

1999

Played a brothel employee in "Diamonds," directed by then husband John Asher

1998

Starred with the creators of "South Park" in the comedy spoof "BASEketball"

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"

1997

Headlined MTV's sketch comedy show "The Jenny McCarthy Show"

1996

Hosted the ABC special "Extreme Comedy"

1996

Played small role in the John Landis comedy "The Stupids"

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"

1994

Moved to Los Angeles and hosted "Hot Rocks," a Playboy TV show featuring uncensored music videos

1994

Named <i>Playboy</i> Playmate of the Year

1993

First appearance in <i>Playboy</i> (Miss October)

Appeared in a controversial advertising campaign for Candies shoes (print and television)

Bonus Trivia

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McCarthy stated at many talk shows and rallies that chelation therapy helped her son Evan Joseph Asher recover from Autism. However, the underlying rationale for chelation, which was that mercury in vaccines caused autism, was roundly rejected by scientific studies.

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McCarthy announced she was posing once again for Playboy in 2012, nearly 20 years after gracing the men's magazine cover.

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