Melissa Rauch is an American television and film actress. While most famous for her award-winning role as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS mega-hit "The Big Bang Theory," she has also starred in films such as "I Love You, Man," "Are You Here," and "The Bronze," which she also co-wrote.
Melissa Ivy Rauch was born on June 23, 1980 in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. One of two children in her Jewish family, she attended Frank Defino Central Elementary School in Marlboro before moving on to Marlboro High School, where she first started to take interest in acting. Upon graduating, she was accepted to Marymount Manhattan College in New York, eventually graduating with a BFA in Acting in 2002.
Prior to her acting career getting off the ground with her first role in the film "Delirious" in 2006, Melissa started out as a comedienne, playing the role of former president George W. Bush's daughter in her one-woman show The Miss Education of Jenna Bush. It was through this venture that she went on to tour with the political-satire group Gross National Product. While her television and film career has certainly kept her plenty busy since then, she still managed to find the time to star in the comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives alongside Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Jessica St. Clair and Danielle Schneider, which began running at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in 2011.
While her professional acting resume only consisted of 15 roles as of 2014, among them included recurring characters on hit series such as "Kath & Kim," "True Blood," and of course "The Big Bang Theory." And if that wasn't enough, her roles in films such as "I Love You, Man," "Are You Here," and "The Bronze" certainly haven't hurt her ever-expanding career one bit.