1. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year.
2. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film acting career.
3. She is a former co-host of the ABC talk show The View.
4. McCarthy has written books about parenting and has become an activist promoting research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism.
5. McCarthy grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois and South West Chicago. She is the second of four daughters; her sisters are named Lynette, Joanne, and Amy.
6. As a teenager, McCarthy attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and was a cheerleader at both Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School,
7. In 1993, Playboy magazine offered McCarthy $20,000 to pose for its October issue.
8. In 1995, when MTV chose McCarthy to cohost a new dating show called Singled Out, she left Hot Rocks.
9. Her job as a host was a success, and Playboy wanted her to do more modeling.
10. That same year, she also appeared at World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view event WrestleMania XI as a guest valet for villain Shawn Michaels, who faced heroic WWF Champion, Diesel.
11. In 1996, she landed a small part in the comedy The Stupids.
12. The first one was an MTV sketch comedy show The Jenny McCarthy Show, which was sufficiently popular for NBC to sign her for an eponymous sitcom later that year, Jenny.
13. In 2000, she had a role in the horror movie Scream 3, and three years later she parodied that role in horror film spoof Scary Movie 3 along with fellow Playmate and actress Pamela Anderson.