Jenny McCarthy's honesty, humility, and humor have enabled her to transcend the boundaries of her roles as comedienne, actress, host, best-selling author, and influential activist in the world of healing and preventing autism. When she first related her own experience with her son Evan's diagnosis and subsequent recovery from autism, her unique ability to articulate the unspoken words of thousands of mothers and fathers across the world was recognized immediately, and she is now fielding hundreds of requests per week for interviews, speaking engagements, and public appearances nationwide.
McCarthy serves as the president of Generation Rescue, an international movement of scientists and physicians researching the causes and treatments for autism, ADHD, neurological disorders and chronic illness, while parent-volunteers mentor thousands of families in recovering their children.
A highly-regarded New York Times best-selling author, McCarthy's books include Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, Life Laughs, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, and Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds. Healing and Preventing Autism, co-authored with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, was published in 2009. Jenny's seventh and most recent book, Love, Lust, & Faking It: The Naked Truth about Sex, Lies, and True Romance (Harper), peaked at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list in the fall of 2010.
Filled with humorous stories about her own outrageous exploits -- from becoming a Playboy Miss October to the pain of getting a discount boob job to meeting Brad Pitt -- as well as the lessons she's learned from family, friends, and fans, Love, Lust & Faking It takes on a subject the sex symbol, mother, television star, comedienne, and divorcée can be trusted to examine with nothing but unvarnished honesty and earthy humor. Throughout, McCarthy reminds us to aim higher, believe in true love, and, most of all, be kind to ourselves. And to have lots of fun and sex -- without faking it.
She and Sarah Clifford Scheflen, a practicing speech language pathologist, created Teach2Talk, a series of 16 DVDs for children. Created using the latest research available, Teach2Talk subjects range from improving vocabulary skills to dealing with negative behaviors and temper tantrums. The series entertains children while teaching them language and behavioral and social skills.
McCarthy's undeniable accessibility has drawn endorsement and sponsorship deals throughout the advertising community. In 2006, McCarthy began working with Weight Watchers, encouraging healthy living and nutrition among mothers trying to lose weight post pregnancy. Her refreshingly honest approach generated mass public appeal and McCarthy was cast as Weight Watcher's national spokesperson for their 2007 ad campaign, "Be an After. Stay an After" and 2009's "Lose For Good" campaign.
In addition to appearing in a multitude of campaigns, McCarthy has graced the covers of magazines across the world, including Rolling Stone, People, Shape, and Playboy. The diversity in her resume highlights her unique combination of intelligence, sex appeal, and humor.
McCarthy's on-screen career really took off when, in 1995, MTV chose McCarthy to be the host of a new dating show called Singled Out. Since 2001, McCarthy has guest starred in such shows as Charmed, The Drew Carey Show, Wings, Two and a Half Men, and My Name is Earl. Her movie credits include BASEketball, Scream 3, John Tucker Must Die, and Diamonds, among others.
Throughout her career as a model, actress, author, and activist, McCarthy has held the unique ability to engage an audience of every age and gender. She has, in fact, become a household name, which is now more than ever held in the highest of regard. McCarthy currently resides in Los Angeles with her son, Evan.