McCarthy, Jenny 1972–

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McCarthy, Jenny 1972–

(Julie Lynn Cialini, Jennifer McCarthy)


Born November 1, 1972, in Chicago, IL; daughter of Dan (a steel plant foreman) and Linda (a courtroom custodian) McCarthy; married John Mallory Asher (an actor and director), September 11, 1999 (separated); children: Evan Joseph Asher. Education: Studied nursing and psychology at Southern Illinois University. Avocational Interests: Kickboxing.

Addresses: Agent—Erwin More, William Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Brad Cafarelli, Bragman/Nyman/Cafarelli, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., 8th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actress, television show host, producer, and writer. Smash Productions, principal. Worked as a model and spokesperson; appeared in commercials, print advertisements, and merchandise, such as calendars. Guest veejay (music video jockey) at Music Television Network (MTV); participant at various events. Affiliated with Indigo Moms, an online community for mothers at Appeared in photography layouts in Playboy magazine, and was named Playboy Playmate of the Month in October 1993 and Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1994. Worked at a grocery store and a bar. Affiliated with the Candie's Foundation campaign to prevent teenage pregnancy.

Awards, Honors: Named one of the 100 most intriguing people of the year, People Weekly, 1996; Golden Apple Award nomination, female star of the year, Hollywood Women's Press Association, 1997; named an influential woman, Crain's Chicago Business, 2004; Daytime Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding special class special, 2005, for The Brady Bunch 25th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady after All These Years.


Television Appearances; Series:

Host, Hot Rocks, Playboy Channel, beginning c. 1994.

Cohost, Singled Out, MTV, 1995–97.

Multiple characters, The Jenny McCarthy Show, MTV, beginning c. 1997.

Jenny McMillan, Jenny NBC, 1997–98.

J. J., The Bad Girl's Guide, UPN, 2005.

Host, Party @ the Palms (also known as Party at the Palms and Party @ the Palms with Jenny McCarthy), E! Entertainment Television, beginning c. 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mary Class, Mary Christmas, ABC Family Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, ESPN Sports Challenge (also known as Maui Sports Challenge), ESPN, 1994.

Host, MTV's Spring Break '95, MTV, 1995.

Herself, Wrestlemania XI, pay-per-view, 1995.

Host, Extreme Comedy, ABC, 1996.

Herself, A Day in the Life of Jenny McCarthy (short), MTV, 1997.

Herself, Canned Ham: BASEketball, Comedy Central, 1998.

MTV Uncensored, MTV, 1999.

The Fourth Annual Celebrity Weddings: InStyle, ABC, 2000.

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal, MTV, 2001.

Rock & Roll Back to School Special (also known as Drew Carey's "Rock & Roll Back to School Special"), ABC, 2001.

Host, Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

(In archive footage) Herself, Centerfold Babylon, VH1, 2003.

Voice of Marcy, A Scooby-Doo Halloween (animated), The WB, 2003.

Host, The Brady Bunch 25th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady after All These Years, TV Land, 2004.

Herself, InStyle Greatest Celebrity Weddings, VH1, 2004.

Host, What Hollywood Taught Us about Sex, E! Entertainment Television, 2005.

Red Carpet Confidential, CBS, 2005.

Lingerie Bowl IV (also known as Lingerie Bowl), 2006.

Playboy's Celebrity Centerfolds, Arts and Entertainment, 2006.

Some sources cite appearances in America's Best Beaches, Travel Channel, 2003; and in World's Best Beaches, Travel Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards (also known as The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards), MTV, 1996.

Host, The Fifth Annual MTV Europe Music Video Awards (also known as MTV Europe Music Awards 1998), MTV, 1998.

Host, The 29th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2002.

Host, DVD Exclusive Awards (also known as Third Annual DVD Exclusive Awards), FX Channel, 2003.

Presenter, The 31st Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2003.

Host, VH1 Big in 04 (also known as Big in 2004 and VH1 Big in 2004), VH1, 2004.

Herself, VH1 Big in 05 (also known as Big in 2005 and VH1 Big in 2005), VH1, 2005.

Presenter, 2005 American Music Awards (also known as The 33rd Annual American Music Awards), ABC, 2005.

Presenter, The 2005 World Music Awards, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Jennifer McCarthy) Totally Positive Rush model, "The Deep End," Silk Stalkings, CBS and USA Network, 1994.

Rhonda, "The Cry of a Hungry Baby," Mr. Show with Bob and David (also known as Mr. Show), HBO, 1995.

April Winters, "Freefall," Baywatch (also known as Baywatch Hawaii), syndicated, 1996.

Dani, "Maybe It's You," Wings, NBC, 1996.

Host of an MTV competition, "Beachblast," Baywatch (also known as Baywatch Hawaii), syndicated, 1996.

Alex, "Young at Heart," Home Improvement, ABC, 1999.

Burt/Brandi, "Brandi, You're a Fine Girl," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 2000.

Amber Beamis, "The Big Padoodle," Going to California, Showtime, 2001.

Burt/Brandi, "The Proposal: Part 1," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 2001.

Marlo Kelly, " A Shot in the Dark," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2002.

Burt/Brandi, "There's Something about Allison," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 2003.

Charlotte, "Clowns to the Left of Me," Wanda at Large, Fox, 2003.

Dani, "Breaking Up," Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2003.

Dani, "High Maintenance," Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2003.

Dani, "Santa Claude," Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2003.

Gretchen Bix, "Popdukes," Fastlane, Fox and CTV (Canada), 2003.

Holly Spears, "Tears of a Clown," One on One, UPN, 2003.

Host, "25 Greatest Power Ballads," The Greatest, MTV, 2003.

Mitzy Stillman, "The Power of Three Blondes," Charmed, The WB, 2003.

Candy LaRue, "Candy Land," Wild Card (also known as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card), Lifetime, 2004.

Candy LaRue, "Queen Bea," Wild Card (also known as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card), Lifetime, 2004.

Holly Spears, "Bright Lights, Big City," One on One, UPN, 2004.

Holly Spears, "He's Not Heavy, He's My Half Brother," One on One, UPN, 2004.

Holly Spears, "The Play's the Thing," One on One, UPN, 2004.

Lauren, "Face the Music," All about the Andersons, The WB, 2004.

Mandi Radnor, "Jack's Back," Hope & Faith, ABC, 2004.

Mandi Radnor, "Natal Attraction," Hope & Faith, ABC, 2004.

Mandi Radnor, "Stand by Your Mandi," Hope & Faith, ABC, 2004.

Eve, "Two Faces of Eve," Stacked, Fox, 2005.

Herself, "Clothes Call," My Crazy Life, E! Entertainment Television, 2005.

Michelle, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to Be a Lesbian," What I Like about You, The WB, 2005.

Host, 101 Craziest TV Moments (also known as E's "101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2005.

Herself, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Bravo, 2005.

Appeared as host of Fitness Club, ESPN.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Guest host, Saturday Night Special, Fox, 1996.

The Rodman World Tour (also known as Dennis Rodman's World Tour '96), MTV, 1996.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1997.

Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004.

Guest presenter, The Big Breakfast, Channel 4 (England), 1999.

The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 2000.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2000.

Mad TV (also known as MADtv), Fox, 2000.

Good Day Live, syndicated, 2004.

Hannity & Colmes, Fox News Channel, 2004.

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2004.

On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004.

Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2004.

The View, ABC, 2004.

"Steve and Ryann," Extreme Makeover, ABC, 2005.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2005.

Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, multiple episodes in 2005.

Weekends at the D.L., Comedy Central, 2005.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005, 2006.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2005, 2006.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005, 2006.

"P. Diddy and Jenna Jameson," Howard Stern on Demand, In Demand, 2006.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including The Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Late Show Backstage), CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Multiple characters, The Jenny McCarthy Show, MTV, c. 1997.

Jenny McMillan, Jenny, NBC, 1997.

Title role, Honey Vicarro, Fox, 2001.

Keeping Up with the Joneses, CBS, 2004.

J. J., The Bad Girl's Guide, UPN, 2005.

Some sources cite appearances in other pilots, including Bash, Fox, c. 2006.

Television Appearances; Other:

Host of Get next to Jenny, MTV Beach House, and MTV Ultimate Winter Vacation, all MTV.

Television Producer; Series:

The Bad Girl's Guide, UPN, 2005.

Film Appearances:

Blonde nurse, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Miramax, 1995.

Glamorous actress, The Stupids, New Line Cinema, 1996.

Herself, The Pompatus of Love, Cinepix Film Properties/In Pictures, 1996.

Yvette Denslow, BASEketball, Universal, 1998.

Sugar, Diamonds, Miramax, 1999.

Francesca Garibaldi, Python, New City Releasing, 2000.

Sarah Darling (Candy in Stab 3), Scream 3 (also known as Ghostface and Scream 3: Ghostface Killer), Miramax/Dimension Films, 2000.

Julia, Thank Heaven, Showcase Entertainment, 2001.

Whitney, The Perfect You (also known as Crazy Little Thing), Screen Media Features, 2002.

Kate, Scary Movie 3 (also known as Scary Movie 3: Episode ILord of the Brooms), Dimension Films, 2003.

Rebecca Parker, Dirty Love, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2005.

Lori, John Tucker Must Die, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Rollin, Beverly Hills Film Studio/Big Screen Entertainment Group, 2007.

Some sources cite appearances in National Lampoon's "Cattle Call" (also known as Cattle Call), National Lampoon Productions/Showcase Entertainment, c. 2005; and in Once in a Lifetime: "Just Go for It!," L.A. Film Productions, c. 2006.

Film Producer:

Dirty Love, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2005.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Howard Stern (also known as The Howard Stern Radio Show), 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006.



Playboy: College Girls, Playboy Entertainment Group, 1993.

Playboy/1994 Playmate of the Year: Jenny McCarthy (also known as Playboy Video Centerfold), Playboy Entertainment Group, 1994.

Playboy Wet & Wild: The Locker Room, 1994.

Playboy Video Playmate Calendar 1995, Playboy Entertainment Group, 1995.

Singled Out: The Dirt on the Dates (also known as MTV Singled Out: The Dirt on the Dates), MTV Productions, 1995.

The Best of Jenny McCarthy (also known as Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy), Playboy Entertainment Group, 1996.

Playboy: Playmate Profile Video Collection Featuring Miss October 1996, 1993, 1990, 1987, 1996.

Playboy: Jenny McCarthy—The Playboy Years, Playboy Entertainment Group, 1997.

(As Julie Lynn Cialini) Playmate of the year, A Taste of Playboy: Personalities Volume 1, Playboy Entertainment Group, 1998.

Playboy: Babes of Baywatch, 1998.

Playboy: Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads, 1998.

Playboy: Celebrities, 1999.

Playboy Playmates of the Year: The 90s, Playboy Entertainment Group, 1999.

Behind the "Scream," Dimension Home Video, 2000.

Playboy: Playmates Bustin' Out, Universal Music & Video Distribution, 2000.

Making "Scary Movie 3," Dimension Home Video, 2004.

Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates, 2004.

Playboy Playmate DVD Calendar Collection: The '90s, 2004.

Playboy: Hef's Halloween Spooktacular, 2005.


Affiliated with the album Jenny McCarthy's "Surfin' Safari" (also known as Surfin' Safari), Interscope Records, 1996.



Dirty Love, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2005.

Rollin, Beverly Hills Film Studio/Big Screen Entertainment Group, 2007.


(With Neal Karlen) Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book (autobiography), HarperCollins, 1997.

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2004.

Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood, Dutton, 2005.

Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Modern Motherhood and Marriage, Dutton, 2006.



Newsmakers: The People behind Today's Headlines, Cumulative, issue 4, Gale, 1997.


Allure, August, 1996, pp. 32-36.

Details, Volume 15, issue 6, 1996, pp. 128-32, 183.

Entertainment Weekly, October 10, 1997.

InStyle, February 1, 2000, pp. 213-17; May 1, 2000, pp. 438-43.

Los Angeles Times, September 28, 1997.

Movieline, August, 1998, pp. 52-57, 95.

Parade, November 2, 1997, p. 18.

People Weekly, December 30, 1996; May 26, 1997, pp. 117-18; September 27, 1999, pp. 10-11.

Rolling Stone, July 11, 1996, pp. 33-38; July 11, 1997; September 18, 1997.

TV Guide, July 15, 1995, p. 2; April 19, 1997.

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