Jenny McCarthy was the MVP of her high school softball and field hockey team, as well as a cheerleader. Though active in school, she later said she was bullied by her classmates. (She is quoted as saying, “All those girls who were mean to me [in high school], I pay them back by going through the drive-through window and asking for my burger. That feels really great.”)
After graduating from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, she attended the University of Southern Illinois to study nursing. But her dire financial situation forced her to drop out. To earn money, she modeled for Playboy, which would change her life.
With her newfound fame, she landed a gig as a host for MTV’s “Singled Out.” Other jobs followed, including parts in “The Stupids,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Two and a Half Men,” among other projects. She said, “I can’t even begin to tell you how many casting couches I was attacked on. Not just by casting people, but by stars.”
She gave birth to her son, Evan Asher, in May 2002, who was diagnosed with autism. With her son’s condition, Jenny McCarthy caused controversy by claiming that vaccines cause autism and that chelation therapy helped cure her son. These claims have been met with resistance in the medical community.
Jenny McCarthy has been romantically linked to Jim Carrey and Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. She admitted to having breast implants at 19 and said she was “too young.” She’s since had them down-sized.
Aside from acting, Jenny McCarthy has written 8 books, including “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism.”
Her talk show “The Jenny McCarthy Show” is set to air on VH1. She stays in shape by working out and added, “I didn’t have to work out before 35, but now I have to.”
Jenny said she decided to move back to Chicago after realizing her “son’s life in Los Angeles wouldn’t be the same as her childhood. There was no catching lightning bugs in the backyard” (huffingtonpost.com).
Jenny McCarthy is currently single.