Nov. 1st, 1972
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jenny McCarthy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Witless Protection
2006 - John Tucker Must Die
2003 - Scary Movie 3
2002 - The Perfect You
2000 - Scream 3
1998 - BASEketball
1996 - The Stupids
1995 - Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Guest TV Roles
Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy (born November 1, 1972) is an American model, comedic actress, author, and activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film acting career. She is currently a co-host on the ABC talk show, The View.
McCarthy was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, to a working-class Catholic family, and has Irish, German, and Polish ancestry. She lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood of Chicago. She is the second of four daughters; her sisters are named Lynette, Joanne and Amy. Her cousin is Academy Award-nominated actress 'Melissa McCarthy' of Bridesmaids and Mike and Molly. McCarthy's mother, Linda, was a housewife and courtroom custodian, and her father, Dan McCarthy, was a steel mill foreman.
As a teenager, McCarthy attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School (whose school sweater she donned in the pages of Playboy) and was a cheerleader at both Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High Schools, although she has referred to herself as an "outcast" at her school and has described how she was repeatedly bullied by classmates.
In 1998, McCarthy's first major movie role was alongside 'Trey Parker' and 'Matt Stone' in the comedy BASEketball. The following year, she starred in Diamonds, a movie which was directed by her then-husband John Mallory Asher. In 2000, she had a role in the horror movie Scream 3, and three years later she parodied that role in horror film spoof Scary Movie 3 along with fellow Playmate and actress 'Pamela Anderson'. In 2005, McCarthy produced, wrote, and starred in the movie Dirty Love, where she was again directed by her husband at the time, John Asher. In March 2006, she was given Razzie Awards for "Worst Actress", "Worst Screenplay", and "Worst Picture" for her work on Dirty Love, which also earned Asher a Razzie for "Worst Director".
She was the host of season 2 of Love in the Wild, which aired in the summer of 2012.
She appeared again in Playboy in the August 2012 issue, and on the cover, after saying she wanted to pose for it again before her 40th birthday.
McCarthy dated manager Ray Manzella from 1994 until 1998. McCarthy began dating actor/director John Mallory Asher late in 1998. The couple became engaged in January 1999, and married on September 11 of that year. They have a son, Evan Joseph, born on May 18, 2002, who was diagnosed with autism on May 10, 2005. McCarthy and Asher divorced in September 2005.
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 were living together, but had no plans to marry, as they did not need a "piece of paper". Carrey almost made a mock proposal to McCarthy as a promotion to the film Yes Man for Ellen's Twelve Days of Holidays. McCarthy and Carrey announced that they had split up in April 2010.
As of July 2013, she is currently dating Donnie Wahlberg.
- She was the MVP of her high school softball & field hockey team.
- Playboy Playmate of the Year 1994
- Turned down a role in _Scary Movie (2000)_ (qv) to star in _Scream 3 (2000)_ (qv).
- Playboy Playmate of the Month October 1993
- She has three sisters: 'Lynette McCarthy' (qv), 'Joanne McCarthy' (qv) (JoJo) and 'Amy McCarthy' (qv).
- (1996) Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world
- Attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
- Ranked as #54 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)