Jenny McCarthy Bio

Jennifer Ann McCarthy was born on November 1, 1972, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois, at a working-class Catholic family. Her mother, Linda, was a housewife while her dad, Dan McCarthy, worked in a steel mill. She climbed up together with her three sisters, Lynette, Joanne, and Amy. The favorite actress Melissa McCarthy is her cousin.

She attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School during her teen years and later became a cheerleader for St. Laurence High School and Brother Rice High School. After finishing her education, McCarthy enrolled in Southern Illinois University where she spent two decades.


Jenny McCarthy dated actor John Mallory Asher for many months prior to marrying him in 1999. They have a son named Evan Joseph Asher (born May 18, 2002) who had been diagnosed with autism in May 2005. McCarthy and Asher finished their union with a divorce in September 2005.

McCarthy dated actor Jim Carrey for nearly five decades. They revealed their connection to ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ in April 2008. They divide in 2010. She married celebrity cum manufacturer Donnie Wahlberg on August 31, 2014, a year after they began dating.


Jenny McCarthy began her career as a model when she was offered a sum of US$20,000 by ‘Playboy’ magazine to present for the book in 1993. She was selected from 10,000 applicants to become the Playmate of the Month for October that year.

McCarthy posed wearing her Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School sweater and Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner confessed her catholic college girl’s character set her apart from others. The Catholic community in her area didn’t appreciate her posing for the ‘Playboy’ magazine and created troubles for her and her loved ones. McCarthy once confessed that her neighbors had thrown eggs at her house and her sisters were mistreated at their schools.
Due to her modeling career, some Catholic nuns whom she and her family considered close friends, lectured her along with her close relatives about the celestial punishment they would confront in the afterlife.

McCarthy persevered despite the opposition and proceeded to become an extremely successful model. She had been provided a US$100,000 contract by ‘Playboy’ magazine and has been made the Playmate of the Year in 1994. She hosted a Playboy TV series’Hot Rocks’ that used to telecast uncensored music videos. McCarthy continued to work with ‘Playboy’ magazine and appeared as their cover woman in 1997 and later in 2005.

She became the Playboy Playmate of the Year 1994, Jenny McCarthy was chosen to co-host the dating game series ‘Singled Out’ by MTV. She immediately left the series’Hot Rocks’ she was hosting at the moment. Her tenure with the relationship series was rather successful and she brought more attention to various television shows. She had been approached by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to appear next to Shawn Michaels, as his valet, at the pay-per-view event WrestleMania XI. Michaels was expected to fight WWF Champion, Kevin Nash, who was able to fight under the stage name of Diesel throughout that period.

She landed a part in the 1998 American sports comedy film ‘BASEketball’. In 1999, she featured in a comedy film titled ‘Diamonds’. She turned down the opportunity to feature in’Scary Movie’ so that she could appear in the next part of the American horror movie ‘Scream’ in 2000. Interestingly, she did look in ‘Scary Movie 3′ later on and parodied her character in the’Scream 3′ movie. McCarthy appeared in many television shows in the 2000s. She looked in’Wild Card’, ‘Stacked’, ‘What I Like About You’,’Tripping the Rift’, and  ‘Two and a Half Men’; all of which were comedy shows. She had been signed to sponsor the’Saturday Night’s Main Event’, a sports entertainment television program, in 2008, and later was signed to replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck as the co-host in ABC’S’The View’.
More recently, she presented the talk show ‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’ (2013), and is now presenting’Wahlburgers’ (2014-present) and ‘Donnie Loves Jenny’ (2015-present).

Jenny McCarthy’s son Evan was diagnosed with autism and since then she’s been working on creating awareness about the condition. She claimed her son’s autism was due to vaccines. McCarthy became a spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) in 2007 and became a prominent spokesperson and a member of the Board of Directors for the Generation Rescue foundation.

McCarthy has written several books on autism and parenting where she publicly blamed vaccines for being one of the prime causes of autism. She wrote’Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Curing Autism’ in 2007. She said in her book that her then-husband John Asher couldn’t deal with their son’s autism which finally resulted in their divorce.

Jenny McCarthy’s career highlight was her time with the ‘Playboy’ magazine. She gained fame after she became the Playmate of the Month for October 1993 and in 1994, she became the Playboy Playmate of the Year. She earned a $100,000 contract from Playboy and has been featured on the cover of this magazine multiple times.
In 2000, McCarthy was offered a part in the horror-comedy/parody movie ‘Scream 3’. She appeared alongside the likes of Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, and Lance Henriksen. The movie was a box office hit and earned US$161.8 million.

Jenny McCarthy Bio Data
Real Name Jennifer Ann McCarthy
Nick NameJenny
Physical Stats & More
Height in feet- 5"6' inches
Weight in kilogram- 55 kg
Body Measurements 38-24-35 inches
Shoe Size (U.S)8
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourBlonde
Personal Life
Date of BirthNovember 01, 1972
Age47 years old
Birth PlaceEvergreen Park, Illinois, US
Zodiac sign / Sun signScorpio
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)Straight
HometownNot Known
SchoolMother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
CollegeSouthern Illinois University
Educational QualificationsNot Known
FamilyFather- Dan McCarthy
Mother- Linda
Siblings- Lynette, Joanne, and Amy (sisters)
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Dating History?NA
Affairs/BoyfriendJim Carrey (former)
Husband/SpouseDonnie Wahlberg and John Asher (former)
ChildrenEvan Josheph
Salary/Fees NA
Net Worth $25 million
Social Profiles
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WebsiteWill Be Updated Soon

Some Important Facts About Jenny McCarthy :

  • Jenny McCarthy was born on November 01, 1972.
  • Her Age is 47 years old.
  • Birth Sign is Scorpio.
  • Jenny McCarthy was chosen to co-host the dating game series ‘Singled Out’ by MTV.
  • She landed a part in the 1998 American sports comedy film ‘BASEketball’.
  • Jenny McCarthy’s career highlight was her time with the ‘Playboy’ magazine.

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