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Jenny McCarthy wanted to be a nun

The actress/model was raised in a conservative, Catholic family and dreamed of joining the sisterhood, even draping a towel over her head to pretend she was wearing a traditional habit.

However, her ambition was crushed after she visited the local parish convent and learned nuns are not allowed to have children.

In a column for the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy writes, “I was seven years old when the door to the convent opened and what followed altered my desire to be ordained as a nun forever. Standing before me was Sister Mary F. in a pair of jeans, a rock concert T-shirt and a really scary tight perm. My eyes bulged out of my head as I stared at her veil-less head. I thought veils were glued to the nuns’ heads!

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“I immediately burst into tears and hid behind my mom’s legs in fear of witnessing any more of this harsh reality. Sister Mary F. then asked me the million-dollar question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ With absolute sincerity I replied, ‘A nun… and a mom.’ They all chuckled and I couldn’t understand what was so funny. They then explained to me that nuns don’t have children. My young brain envisioned nuns as women who were born without uteri. I knew in my soul that even though I wanted to go to heaven, I yearned to be a mom more than anything in the world. I ran over to my mom and tapped her on the leg and said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to be a nun anymore. I’ll take my chances with hell and be Wonder Woman instead.'”

McCarthy went on to become a nude model for Playboy magazine and gave birth to her son, Evan Joseph, in May 2002.

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