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"Jenny" McCarthy (born November 1, 1972,
in Chicago, Illinois) is an American model, 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.
McCarthy was born in a middle class Catholic family
that lived on the southside of Chicago in the West
Elsdon neighborhood. She is the second of four daughters
born to her mother, a housewife of German ancestry,
and her father, a steel mill foreman of Irish ancestry.
As a teenager, McCarthy attended Mother McAuley Liberal
Arts High School.
McCarthy graduated from high school, she attended
Southern Illinois University 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.
Modeling and acting career
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. With this, McCarthy gained attention and
popularity. In 1994, McCarthy moved to Los Angeles.
For a time, she hosted Hot Rocks, a Playboy TV show
featuring uncensored music videos.
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 model more. 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. Unfortunately, her sitcom was generally
considered a "bomb," and was quickly canceled.
Also in 1997, she appeared on one of two covers for
the September issue of Playboy, the other cover had
Pamela Anderson on the cover. McCarthy also released
an autobiography: Jen-X. McCarthy once modeled for
Candies, a shoe company. In one advertisement, McCarthy
posed naked only wearing shoes and having her panties
off while sitting on a toilet seat. This stirred a
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
starred in the popular horror movie Scream 3. Since
2001, McCarthy has guest-starred in many shows as
Stacked, Charmed, The Drew Carey Show, Fastlane and
Just Shoot Me!.
2003, McCarthy appeared in Scary Movie 3 along with
model and actress Pamela Anderson. In 2005, McCarthy
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 acting outrageously with
McCarthy. 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."
Public and professional image
McCarthy initially rose to fame because of her
sexual image, a frequent source of her humor derives
from scatalogical jokes; particularly the shock
or surprise of seeing a beautiful woman do something
like vomit, pass gas or pick her nose. McCarthy
has played off of both sides of this image. For
instance, in a cover photo for Rolling
Stone magazine, McCarthy was featured in a
bikini top while squirting mustard over a hotdog
as it splattered.
Candies ad which did not cause as much controversy
found McCarthy passing gas in a crowded elevator.
A sketch on her MTV show centered around 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. The direct contrast
of McCarthy's reputation as a sex symbol and this
often grotesque humor is closely associated with her
was taken to a head in her film Dirty Love, which
featured scenes such as McCarthy's character sitting
in a massive pool of her own menstrual blood. The
film was not well received.
In 1993, McCarthy received breast implants to enhance
her look as a model for Playboy. In 1998, McCarthy
decided to take them out.
1998, McCarthy dated her manager Ray Manzella for
a short time. After breaking up with Manzella, McCarthy
began dating actor/director John Asher. The couple
got engaged in January 1999 and married that year
on September 11. They have a son, Evan Joseph, born
on May 18, 2002. In August 2005, McCarthy and Asher
filed for divorce.
the late 1990s and early 2000s, numerous false rumors
popped up on the internet, that Jenny was diagnosed
with HIV, or had developed AIDS.
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 cheating
on her ex-husband with men and women. However,
in a later appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she claimed
they didn't cheat on each other.
December 2005, McCarthy began dating actor Jim Carrey.
They didn't make their relationship public until June
Appearances in Playboy special editions
Playboy's Playmate Review Vol. 10 May 1994 - front
& back covers, pages 82-91.
Playboy's Girls of Summer '94 June 1994.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 38 July 1994.
Playboy's Playmates at Play July 1994 - pages 6-7.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 39 September 1994
- page 25.
Playboy's Wet & Wild Playmates September 1994
- page 73.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 40 November 1994.
Playboy's Nudes November 1994 - cover.
Playboy's Playmates in Bed Vol. 1 January 1995.
Playboy's Supermodels February 1995.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 44 July 1995 - cover.
Playboy's Nudes October 1995.
Playboy's Winter Girls February 1996.
Playboy's Celebrating Centerfolds Vol. 1 December
1998 - pages 6-7.
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
The Stupids (1996)
Scream 3 (2000)
Thank Heaven (2001)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Dirty Love (2005) (also producer and writer)
Tucker Must Die (2006)
Rollin (2007) (also writer)
Singled Out (host from 1995-1997)
The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997) (canceled after 5 episodes)
Jenny (1997) (canceled after 17 episodes)
Party at the Palms
The Bad Girl's Guide (2005) (canceled after 6 episodes)
The Drew Carey Show (cameos in multiple episodes most
notably the "after school special" spoof
Hope & Faith (guest appearances)
Jenny made an appearance at the World
Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania XI on
April 2, 1995 as a guest valet for Shawn Michaels.
She left after the match with the victor, WWF
World Heavyweight Champion Diesel. Credit: Wikipedia