Jenny McCarthy is an American actress, model, comedian, author, TV personality, and radio host. McCarthy rose to fame in 1994 shortly after she was named the Playboy Playmate of the year. She has an estimated net worth of $14 million.
Jenny McCarthy Net Worth: How She Began
Jennifer Ann McCarthy was born on November 1, 1972, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Chicago into a family of four girls. She is the cousin to one of the world’s highest paid actresses, Melissa McCarthy. Jenny attended three different high schools and was an active cheerleader at two of them; Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School.
McCarthy’s show business career began in 1993 when she was selected among 10,000 participants to pose nude for the October Issue of Hugh Hefner‘s Playboy Magazine. For the job, McCarthy received a paycheck of $20,000. However, McCarthy who was raised in a strict Catholic family was hugely criticized for the extremely explicit cover photo. Among her critics were her family members, some of which were nuns and the general Catholic populace in her neighborhood.
Despite the huge criticisms, Jenny was named Playboy Playmate of the year in 1994, accompanied with a whopping paycheck of $100,000.
Jenny McCarthy Net Worth: TV Show And Film Career Beginnings
Jenny capitalized on her popularity by moving to Los Angeles to solidify her show business career. In 1995. alongside Chris Hardwick, Jenny began hosting MTV dating show “Singled Out” until 1997. She also hosted a Playboy TV show called “Hot Rocks” which focused on uncensored music videos. While her hosting duties continued, McCarthy was also modelling for Playboy and also made appearances on WWF.
She has since featured on many issues of Playboy Magazine and continues to work with the infamous lifestyle and entertainment magazine. In addition to her Playboy gigs, McCarthy also appeared in commercial advertisements for a number of companies including shoe makers, Candie’s.
Also in 1995, Jenny got a minor role in “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead”. She also received another minor role in 1996 comedy film “The Stupids”.
Jenny McCarthy Net Worth: Jenny McCarthy Show And More Success
Shortly after leaving MTV’s “Singled Out”, McCarthy began her own show on MTV called The Jenny McCarthy Show. The variety show was severely criticized and aired 24 episodes. Subsequently, McCarthy was signed by NBC to star in a sitcom that would serve as a star vehicle to enhance her movie career. However, the sitcom titled “Jenny” was cancelled after 10 episodes due to low ratings.
While “Jenny” wasn’t as successful as expected it did enhance her acting career by earning her, her first major starring movie role in 1998 sports comedy “BASEketball”. More roles followed in movies like “Diamonds” (1999), “Scream 3” (2000), Crazy Little Thing (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003) and more. She has appeared as guest on shows like; “Two and a Half Men”, “Charmed”, “Stacked”, “Fastlane”, and “The Drew Carey Show”.
Jenny McCarthy Net Worth: Reality Show
McCarthy have appeared on a number of reality TV shows. In 2005, she was the host of E! reality TV show titled “Party at the Palms” which focused on party goers, celebrities and guest at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas where the show was filmed.
She has also starred as herself on A&E reality TV shows “Wahlburgers” and its spin off “Donnie Loves Jenny”. The former offers a behind-the-scenes look into the restaurants chain owned by chef Paul Wahlberg, and his actor brothers Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg. Jenny married the one of the Wahlbergs- Donnie Wahlberg on August 31, 2014 and the spin off show “Donnie Loves Jenny” chronicles their personal lives. Both shows have been successful running for several seasons.
Jenny McCarthy Net Worth: Other Endeavors
In February 2013, Jenny relaunched her Jenny McCarthy Show on VH1 as a pop-culture based talk show. However, after the first season, the show was cancelled following her new role on ABC’s major daytime talk show “The View”. Less than a year after joining the show, McCarthy left, stating on The Howard Stern Show that she was “not allowed to be the best of me here.” Her addition to the popular show was initially condemned as many perceive her as an anti-vaccine activist. (Jenny blames her son’s autism disease on the shots of vaccination he received).
As an author, Jenny McCarthy have penned a number New York Times best-selling books including; “Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth”, “Healing and Preventing Autism”, “Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance” , “Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic” and “Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life”.
Shortly after “The View” drama, Jenny landed new show on SiriusXM titled “Dirty Sexy Funny”.
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