Birth name: Jennifer McCarthy
Date of birth: 1 November 1972
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5′ 6½” (1.69 m)
Spouse: John Mallory Asher, (11 September 1999 – divorced) 1 child
Famous Quote: “I’m so scared girls look at my breast implants and think, ‘To get boys, you need big boobs.’ I tell them, ‘Don’t get it done. Those fears go away. You develop other insecurities, but breasts aren’t one of them.’ I want to get them half size.”
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Biography: Jennifer McCarthy (born November 1, 1972) is an American model, comedian, actress and author. She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books. 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.
McCarthy was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a middle-class Irish American and German American Catholic family that lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood. She is the second of four daughters; her sisters are named Joanne, Amy and Lynette. Her sisters were all highly accomplished athletes but McCarthy was the family ham, harboring dreams of a showbiz career from the time she was young. After high school, she chose to pursue nursing and psychology at the University of Southern Illinois, but ran out of tuition money after her second year. After an unsuccessful attempt to make money as a model – she was told she was too voluptuous to work the runways – McCarthy approached Playboy magazine as a last ditch effort.
Within a few months, she was Miss October (1993) and went on to earn the title of “Playmate of the Year.” With her earnings about $100,000 she headed to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment. Her cousin is Melissa McCarthy of Gilmore Girls fame. McCarthy’s mother, Linda, was a housewife and courtroom custodian, and her father, Dan McCarthy, was a steel mill foreman. She attended St. Turibius Grade School on Chicago’s South Side.
As a teenager, McCarthy attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School (whose school sweater she donned in the pages of Playboy) and was cheerleader at both Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High Schools, although she has referred to herself as an “outcast” at her school. After McCarthy graduated from high school, she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale to study nursing. She needed money to pay for college, so she decided to submit her picture to Playboy magazine to make money. She was accepted and became a model.
After getting accepted by Playboy in 1993, the magazine wanted her to pose for the October issue. McCarthy was paid $30,000 for the photo shoot. McCarthy became the Playmate of the Month and later the Playmate of the Year. In 1994, thanks to this newfound attention and popularity, McCarthy moved to Los Angeles and, for a time, hosted Hot Rocks, a Playboy TV show featuring uncensored music videos.
In 1995, MTV chose McCarthy to be the host of a new dating show called Singled Out, for which she left Hot Rocks. Her job as a host was a success, and Playboy wanted her to do more modeling. That same year, she also appeared at WrestleMania XI as a guest valet for Shawn Michaels. She left after the match with the victor, WWF Heavyweight Champion Diesel. In 1996, McCarthy landed a small part in the comedy The Stupids. In 1997 McCarthy launched two shows. The first one was an MTV sketch comedy show called The Jenny McCarthy Show, which was popular enough that NBC signed her to do a sitcom later that year called Jenny. The latter show is generally considered a disappointment and was quickly canceled.
Also in 1997, she appeared on one of two covers for the September issue of Playboy, the other cover featured Pamela Anderson. McCarthy also released an autobiography: Jen-X. In Hollywood, McCarthy landed a gig as the host of the Playboy Channel’s “Hot Rocks” music video show before MTV hired her and her equal parts witty banter and outgoing personality to co-host the dating show “Singled Out” (MTV, 1995-97). Her presence on MTV established her unusual contrast of blonde sex appeal with rowdy and obnoxious personality; one prone to making grotesque faces, burps and other such business. With no one else like her on the air, the earthy and gorgeous McCarthy became an almost overnight sensation, leading MTV to put her to work on other shows including, “Beach House.” In 1997, the network offered her a sketch comedy series, “The Jenny McCarthy Show” (MTV, 1996), in which she was given carte blanche.
While McCarthy cited Lucille Ball and Goldie Hawn as two of her influences, it would be hard to imagine either comedienne eating their own vomit or displaying extra long armpit hair for laughs. Despite her low-brow tendencies, NBC penned McCarthy to a development deal, resulting in the sitcom “Jenny” (NBC, 1997-98), which starred the comic as a small-town girl who moves to Hollywood. The show received mixed critical and audience reception and was cancelled after one season. McCarthy returned to the Playboy realm, appearing on its cover in September of 1997 and that same year, also released an autobiography, Jen X.
In 1998, McCarthy starred in BASEketball. In 1999, she starred in Diamonds, a movie which was directed by her husband John Mallory Asher. The next year, she appeared in the horror movie Scream 3. Since 2001, McCarthy has guest-starred in such shows as Stacked, Charmed, The Drew Carey Show, Fastlane and Just Shoot Me!. Whatever lackluster projects McCarthy unleashed on the viewing public at large, she always maintained a steady following of young males. Her forays into feature films seemed to cater to that audience, and the obviously capable comedian squelched her chances at a legitimate movie career with outings like “The Stupids” (1996), co-starring Tom Arnold, and “BASEketball” (1998) opposite “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Perhaps her best role to date was as Sugar, a working girl in a Las Vegas brothel in the Kirk Douglas starrer “Diamonds” (1999). During filming, McCarthy began a relationship with the film’s director, John Asher, and the pair was married that fall. The next year, she appeared as a haughty actress – one of the latest victims of the Ghostface Killer – in the popular horror sequel “Scream 3″ (2000). McCarthy stayed in the public eye with regular appearances on sitcoms like “Just Shoot Me” (NBC, 1997-2003) and “Charmed” (WB, 1998-2006), and in 2002, she gave birth to a son, Evan.
In 2003, McCarthy appeared in Scary Movie 3 along with model and actress Pamela Anderson. In 2005, McCarthy produced, wrote and starred in Dirty Love along with Carmen Electra. The same year, McCarthy hosted a new show on E! called Party at the Palms. The reality show, which is filmed at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, features hotel guests, party goers and celebrities. In March 2006, she was given Razzie Awards for “Worst Actress,” “Worst Screenplay,” and “Worst Picture” for her work on Dirty Love, which also netted her then-husband, John Asher, a Razzie for “Worst Director.”
McCarthy has continued her work with Playboy over the years, both as a model and in other capacities. After a predictably low-brow appearance opposite fellow Playmate-turned-star Pamela Anderson in “Scary Movie 3″ (2003), McCarthy humorously recounted her pregnancy experience with the bestselling book Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth (2004). The book finally tipped the scales of McCarthy’s following and she won over a sizeable number of female fans who appreciated her humorous straight talk about motherhood. The popular follow-up, Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood, was released in 2004.
She graced the cover of the magazine’s January 2005 issue wearing a leopard skin bunny suit and was featured in a pictorial shot at Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in the same issue. She was the second woman (Carmen Electra was the first) and first Playmate to become a celebrity photographer for the Playboy Cyber Club, getting behind the camera to photograph model Jennifer Madden, who is not a Playmate. Jenny’s younger sister, Amy, has also posed for Playboy. She was a Cyber Girl of the Week and the Cyber Girl of the Month for January 2005.
She is the current voice of Six in the third season of Canadian CGI Sci-Fi cartoon Tripping the Rift. McCarthy currently stars in an online five episode series, called In The Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Leah Remini. The show is on MSN and is based on being a mother where users could submit their stories to have it made into real webisodes.
In June, 2007, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) named McCarthy as its spokesperson. Her stated goal is to educate the public that autism is treatable. She will be participating in fundraisers, online chats and other activities for the not-for-profit organization to help families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Her first fundraiser for TACA, Ante Up for Autism, was held on October 20, 2007, in Irvine, California.
Though McCarthy initially rose to fame because of her sexual image, a frequent source of her celebrity derives from toilet humor. McCarthy once modeled for Candie’s, a shoe company. In one magazine ad, McCarthy posed on a toilet seat, with her underwear near her ankles. Cultural scholar Collin Gifford Brooke wrote that the ad’s “taboo nature” brought it attention, while noting that the ad itself helped to weaken that taboo. Another Candie’s ad depicted McCarthy passing gas in a crowded elevator.
A sketch on her MTV show centered on her character, a well-coifed business woman, answering the question of “What did you have for lunch?” by forcing herself to vomit all over a table (which she then ate on-screen). The direct contrast of McCarthy’s reputation as a sex symbol and this often grotesque humor is closely associated with her image. This image was taken to a new extreme in her film Dirty Love, which featured McCarthy’s character sitting in a massive pool of her own menstrual blood.
In 1993, McCarthy underwent breast augmentation to enhance her look as a model for Playboy. McCarthy had the implants down-sized in 1998. McCarthy dated her manager Ray Manzella for a short time in 1998. After breaking up with Manzella, McCarthy began dating actor/director John Asher. The couple became engaged in January 1999, and married that year on September 11, 1999. They have a son, Evan Joseph, born on May 18, 2002. In August 2005, McCarthy and Asher filed for divorce.
In a February 2006 interview with Howard Stern, adult actress Jenna Jameson said she had two sexual encounters with McCarthy. When McCarthy visited Stern’s show in April 2006, she denied having sex with Jameson, but said she “made out” with her during the two encounters. McCarthy also took a lie detector test and passed the questions regarding Jameson. During the appearance, McCarthy also admitted to having performed oral sex on women and that she cheated on her ex-husband with both men and women. However, in a later appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she claimed they didn’t cheat on each other because it was agreed upon.
In December 2005 McCarthy began dating actor Jim Carrey. They did not make their relationship public until June 2006. She announced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 2, 2008 that she and Carrey are now living together, but have no plans to marry, as they do not need a “piece of paper.”
In May 2007 McCarthy announced that her son was diagnosed with autism in 2005. In June, she was named as the TACA spokesperson for families affected by Autism. Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism was published September 17, 2007. McCarthy told Oprah that her son was developing normally until he received his measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (at 15 months of age).
She has stated in her book, and on her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that her husband was unable to deal with their son’s autism, which led to their divorce. She went on to say that her relationship with Jim Carrey has made it easier on her and that finding someone who loves her and her son is great.
On April 2, 2008, she went on the Larry King Live special dedicated to autism, and engaged in a fierce, on-camera spat debating whether premature vaccines have contributed to the incidence of autism in previously unaffected babies. However, this opinion is in stark contrast to the scientific evidence that no causal association exists between autism and childhood vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine.Related People: