American actress, comedienne, autism activist and writer Jenny McCarthy began her showbiz career as a nude model for Playboy magazine in 1993. McCarthy was named ‘Playmate of the Month’ after she posed for the October issue and was subsequently named ‘Playmate of the Year’ by the magazine. McCarthy used her newfound fame to jumpstart her acting career and began hosting a Playboy TV show called “Hot Rocks” in 1994. The gig helped McCarthy land a hosting job in an MTV dating show called “Singled Out” in 1995. Even though she continued to pose for Playboy magazine, McCarthy also began getting a host of small acting gigs on TV and she got a small role on the comedy series “The Stupids” in 1996. McCarthy was the star of two MTV shows in 1997- “The Jenny McCarthy Show”, a sketch comedy show and a sitcom called “Jenny” though the latter was canceled. In the same year, Jenny McCarthy posed in the September cover of the Playboy magazine. McCarthy's first major movie role came in 1998 in the comedy “BASEketball”. The role helped her land parts in other films like “Diamonds”, “Scream 3” and “Scary Movie 3”. McCarthy has also guest starred in a number of TV series including “Just Shoot Me!”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Fastlane” and “Charmed”. As of June 2012, McCarthy is the host of second season of the show “Love in the Wild”.
Through her various film and television roles, her hosting gigs, the sales of her books and as a longtime Playboy Playmate, Jenny McCarthy has amassed a net worth of $14 million. McCarthy applied to pose for Playboy in 1992 to raise money for her college tuition and was accepted by the magazine the next year. For posing nude for the October 1993 issue of the magazine, McCarthy was paid $20,000 and received a $100,000 salary after she won the magazine’s Playmate of the Year title. In 1995, McCarthy worked as a full-time MTV VJ and earned $500,000 for the year.
Jenny McCarthy is a prominent activist and spokesperson for various Autism-related causes. Jenny began working with these organizations after her own son was diagnosed with autism in 2005. McCarthy works with and supports organizations and charities like Talk About Curing Autism, The HEAL Foundation, Generation Rescue and HIV/AIDS awareness organization Until There's a Cure. Based on her experiences with her autistic son, McCarthy has published a number of books including “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism”, “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds” and “Healing and Preventing Autism” which was co-written by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel.
Jenny McCarthy began dating her manager Ray Manzella in ’94 but the couple parted ways in ’98. Later in the year, McCarthy began dating actor and director John Mallory Asher and the couple got married in September 1999. In May 2002, the couple welcomed their first child together; a son named Evan. Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. In September 2005, McCarthy and Asher divorced and McCarthy later alleged that the couple split up because Asher was unable to deal with their son’s autism. McCarthy began dating actor Jim Carrey in December 2005 and the couple announced that they were living together in 2008. Carrey actively supported McCarthy’s autism activism. However, the couple broke up in 2010 and reports suggested that Carrey paid her something between $25-$50 million post-split. In April 2012, McCarthy began dating Brian Urlacher, the linebacker for Chicago Bears though the couple announced that they were no longer together in August 2012.