"All those girls who were mean to me (in high school), I pay them back by going through the drive-through window and asking for my burger. That feels really great." Jenny McCarthy
Ex-playboy bunny, blonde beauty Jenny McCarthy, who stands at 5' 6 1/2" and has 38C-24-34 (while hosting "Singled Out," 1995) measurements, came to the spotlight when she was chosen as the Playboy Playmate of the Month for October 1993 and was crowned Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1994. She continued to gain recognition as the co-host of MTV's dating game show “Singled Out” (1995-1997) and starred on her own sitcom on NBC, the brief-lived “The Jenny McCarthy Show” (1997).
McCarty could also be seen in such films as Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), The Stupids (1996), BASEketball (1998), Diamonds (1999), Scream 3 (2000), The Perfect You (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Dirty Love (2005, she both starred and wrote). Her upcoming films include John Tucker Must Die, Lingerie Bowl (TV) and Rollin.
Sizzling model, actress and host Jenny McCarty was listed as one of People (USA) magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in The World” (1996). She is currently hosting E!'s new series Party @ the Palms and became a spokeswoman for José Cuervo Tequila. On a more personal note, the ex-wife of British director John Mallory Asher was once linked to her manager Ray Manzella (born in 1948; relationship ended in 1998).
"I was a puke brunette." Jenny McCarthy
Childhood and Family:
"My humor comes from being in Catholic school all the time. It came from having to be so quiet. But at home I was always the one to make my sisters and my parents giggle. I wasn't the normal kind of girl, but the tomboy who always made fun of my faults, even when I was young." Jenny McCarthy
On November 1, 1972, Jennifer McCarthy was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Dan McCarthy (steel company foreman, separated in 1996) and Linda McCarthy (beautician). She has three sisters: Amy McCarthy (born in 1977; played on basketball team at University of Illinois at Chicago; now a Playboy model), Joanne McCarthy (born in 1975; all-star basketball player; record-holder for scoring and assists at University of Chicago in Illinois) and Lynette McCarthy (born in 1971; high school track standout). Her cousin is actress Melissa McCarthy (born on August 26, 1969).
Jenny attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, Illinois. Jenny, whose hobbies are kickboxing, karate and ice-skating, was the MVP of her high school softball and field hockey team. She continued her studies at Southern Illinois University, majored in Psychology and Nursing. However, she dropped out after two years for financial reasons and to pursue a career in modeling.
In January of 1999, McCarty became engaged to British filmmaker John Mallory Asher (born on January 13, 1971) and they exchanged wedding vows on September 11, 1999. However, the couple filed for divorce in August 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. They have one son, Evan Joseph Asher, who was born on May 18, 2002.
Jenny McCarthy Show
"At the Mallrats audition, there were fifteen people just waiting to laugh at me. When I was shutting the door, I could already hear them laughing." Jenny McCarthy
Formerly working as a meat slicer in a Polish grocery store, Jenny McCarthy decided to leave her studies and try her hand at modeling. She personally delivered her photos to the Playboy office and landed a $20,000 deal to pose as Miss October 1993. The next year, she was crowned Playboy Playmate of the Year and took home $100,000 in cash and prizes. She subsequently appeared in the magazine’s Special Editions, including Playmate Review Vol. 10 May 1994, Girls of Summer '94 June 1994, Book of Lingerie Vol. 38 July 1994, Playmates at Play July 1994, Book of Lingerie Vol. 39 September 1994, Wet & Wild Playmates September 1994, Book of Lingerie Vol. 40 November 1994 and Nudes November 1994 (cover).
Ready for more fame, McCarty packed for Los Angeles and got a job as a guest on the series "Silk Stalkings." With the help of boyfriend-manager Ray Manzella, McCarty scored a job on MTV as the co-host of the network’s dating game show "Singled Out." The show made McCarty an instant celebrity and she continued to appear on the show for the next two years (1995-1997). During that time, she also continued posing for Playboy, notably on Playmates in Bed Vol. 1 January 1995, Supermodels February 1995, Book of Lingerie Vol. 44 July 1995 (cover), Nudes October 1995 and Winter Girls February 1996.
Like many other models, McCarty later entered the film scene. She made her debut with a tiny part of Christopher Walken's private blonde nurse in Gary Fleder's darkly comedic suspense thriller Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995, starring Andy Garcia) and followed it up with an appearance as a glamorous actress in John Landis' comedy The Stupids (1996, starring Tom Arnold). Meanwhile, McCarty could also be seen hosting the ABC special "Extreme Comedy” and appearing in a controversial advertising campaign for Candies shoes (print and television). She was also spotted as a guest on the hit series "Baywatch" twice, as April Winters in February 1996 and as herself in October 1996.
In 1997, McCarty headlined MTV's various sketch comedy show, "The Jenny McCarthy Show" and portrayed the title role of a girl inheriting a residence in Hollywood on NBC’s sitcom "Jenny." On the silver screen, she appeared with Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Yasmine Bleeth in David Zucker's (of Naked Gun and South Park) spoof of sports and business, BASEketball (1998). She also joined in then-husband John Mallory Asher's mystery comedy Diamonds (1999, with Kirk Douglas and Dan Aykroyd), playing a brothel employee.
Director Wes Craven cast McCarty to play Sarah Darling in the third and final episode of the Scream trilogy, Scream 3 (2000, starring Neve Campbell). About her role, McCarty described, "Sarah wants respect and she's not getting it. I like her because she's got spirit and spunk."
That same year, TV audiences watched McCarty appear in a thriller movie helmed by Richard Clabaugh, Python, alongside Frayne Rosenoff. In 2001, she reunited with then-husband John Mallory Asher for his comedy Thank Heaven (with Matt Keeslar) and costarred opposite Chris Eigeman in writer-director Matthew Miller's romantic comedy The Perfect You (2002, a.k.a. Crazy Little Thing), playing meticulous TV reporter Whitney. David Zucker then gave her a role in his third installment of the Scary Movie spoof, Scary Movie 3 (2003), alongside stars Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Anthony Anderson, Pamela Anderson and Peter Boyle.
Besides acting in films, McCarty has made several TV guest appearances. She played reoccurring roles on such series as "Just Shoot Me," "Less Than Perfect," "One on One," "Wild Card" and "Hope & Faith." She was recently invited on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Tony Danza Show" and "Last Call with Carson Daly." She also returned to the wide screen with her latest film, the romantic comedy directed by now-ex-husband John Mallory Asher, Dirty Love (2005). In the film, which she also wrote, McCarty starred as Rebecca, a dumped girlfriend of a supermodel boyfriend (played by Victor Webster).
Asked about Dirt Love, McCarty explained, "I'd love for women to go see Dirty Love because it's really the ultimate chick flick. I wrote it five years ago because I kept getting scripts were I was just the straight one. I really want to be the funny girl in movies. At the same time, I started writing books and people kept telling me I was really funny. I thought, 'Why can't I be funny in a movie?’"
2005 saw McCarty starring on the comedy series "The Bad Girl's Guide," adopted from a tongue-in-cheek self-help book by Cameron Tuttle, and posing again for Playboy in the January 2005 issue. Currently, McCarty is hosting E!'s new series “Party @ the Palms.” McCarty fans will soon watch her in Betty Thomas' upcoming romantic comedy movie John Tucker Must Die (with Ashanti and Penn Badgley), the next TV Lingerie Bowl and John Mallory Asher's forthcoming comedy Rollin, which McCarty both stars in and wrote.
An aspiring writer, McCarty also had written “Jen-X” (1997), an autobiography and “Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth” (2004).
"Obviously, I'm not a trained actress, and right now I'll come out and say I'm glad I'm not." Jenny McCarthy
Golden Apple: Female Star of the Year, 1997