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Jenny McCarthy



Curvaceous blonde Jenny McCarthy has tried to forge an acting career based on the strength of her vivacious and sometimes raunchy persona, but has had only moderate success. Prior to entering the entertainment industry as a Playboy centerfold, McCarthy studied nursing at Southern Illinois University. While scrambling through her second year, she decided that modelling would be more lucrative and dropped out. Though she possesses a wholesome, athletic beauty, her figure proved too voluptuous for high fashion modelling, so she marched to the Chicago offices of Playboy, handed them photos of herself and ended up chosen Miss October 1993. She was subsequently elected Playmate of the Year. This, in turn, led to an erotic video pictorial. Despite her notoriety as a pinup girl, McCarthy's initial bid for stardom in Hollywood met with failure, until her manager/boyfriend Ray Manzella doggedly convinced executives at MTV to audition her for the network's upcoming game show Singled Out, a ludicrous riff on The Dating Game in which contestants made fools of themselves to win dates with beautiful or handsome strangers. She won the part of co-host and soon proved herself the show's one redeeming feature. Realizing her potential, the network hired McCarthy as a vee-jay and then allowed her to develop her own show, which ended up a short-lived sketch comedy show. She then starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom, The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997). She made her film debut with a tiny role in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) and had her first major role in the abysmal comedy The Stupids, as a neurotic film star opposite comedian Tom Arnold. In 1998, McCarthy co-starred in David Zucker's BASEketball. She had a supporting role in the comedy Diamonds.



McCarthy had the distinction of appearing on both Scream 3, and the spoof Scary Movie 3. She published two books about pregnancy and motherhood. She wrote and starred in the romantic comedy Dirty Love, but the film had a limited theatrical run. In 2006 she appeared as a very sexy mom in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Dies, and she gained some off-screen notoriety by being romantically involved with Jim Carrey. She joined The View as a co-host for a season in 2013. She is an outspoken advocate for autistic children, and courted some controversy when she defended the theory that immunization booster shots cause the disorder.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Autism: Made in the U.S.A.
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Santa Baby 2
  • Mary Class
2009
No Score Yet Autism: Made in the USA
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Wieners
  • Ms. Isaac
2008
No Score Yet Tripping the Rift: The Movie
  • Actor
2008
4% Witless Protection
  • Connie
2008
No Score Yet Playboy - Celebrity Photographers 2
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Santa Baby
  • Mary Class
2006
26% John Tucker Must Die
  • Lori
2006
No Score Yet Thank Heaven
  • Julia
2006
4% Dirty Love
  • Rebecca
2005
36% Scary Movie 3
  • Kate
2003
No Score Yet Playboy on Campus
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Crazy Little Thing (The Perfect You)
  • Whitney
2002
No Score Yet Python
  • Francesca Garibaldi
2001
No Score Yet Thank Heaven
  • Actor
2001
36% Scream 3
  • Sarah
2000
26% Diamonds
  • Sugar
1999
No Score Yet Playboy - Playboy's Celebrities
  • Actor
1999
42% BASEketball
  • Yvette
1998
No Score Yet Playboy - A Taste of Playboy: The Personalities
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Playboy - Jenny McCarthy: The Playboy Years
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Rodman World Tour
  • Actor
1997
21% The Stupids
  • Glamorous Actress
1996
33% Things to Do in Denver...When You're Dead
  • Blonde Nurse
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Show With Vinny
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Courtney
No Score Yet Donnie Loves Jenny
2015
  • Reality cast member
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Nikki & Sara Live
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Actor
No Score Yet Wahlburgers
2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
92% Nashville
2012
  • Herself
86% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Sylvia
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Love in the Wild
2011-2012
  • Host
No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2004-2012
  • Host
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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