Facts about Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy Biography
Jenny McCarthy is the former Playboy model who has become an actress, TV personality and controversial autism treatment advocate.
Jenny McCarthy got her start posing nude for Playboy magazine in 1993, and ended up becoming the magazine’s 1994 Playmate of the Year. She parlayed that fame into a breakthrough role hosting the MTV dating show Singled Out.
A buxom blonde with a wicked jaw and a goofball bearing, McCarthy was soon being hyped as a Lucille Ball–Marilyn Monroe hybrid. That led to her own sketch comedy show on MTV, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and an NBC sitcom Jenny (1997), as well as film roles. Her movie credits include BASEketball (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Scary Movie 3 (2003, with Pamela Anderson Lee) and John Tucker Must Die (2006).
She dated comedian Jim Carrey from 2005-2010, and together they founded Generation Rescue, a resource for parents of autistic children. McCarthy became controversial for her insistence that vaccines administered to infants can trigger autism. (The New York Times described it as a “widely disproved theory [that] has led to unnecessary illnesses in children, according to child health experts.”)
Nonetheless, McCarthy became a regular guest on the daytime TV talk show The View, and in July of 2013, she was named a permanent member of the show’s five-woman lineup. The job was short-lived: in June of 2014, ABC announced that McCarthy and another co-host, Sherri Shepherd, would not be invited back for the following season.
Jenny McCarthy joined The View shortly after cast members Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck left the show… Jenny McCarthy was married to actor and filmmaker John Mallory Asher from 1999-2005; their son, Evan Asher, was born in 2002… Evan Asher was diagnosed with autism in 2005, which led McCarthy to found Generation Rescue… Jenny McCarthy married Donnie Wahlberg on September 1, 2014. He is a former member of the band New Kids On the Block and the brother of actor Mark Wahlberg.