My favourite funny blonde, Jenny McCarthy is joining forces with Oprah Winfrey – for, among other projects, her own talk show. Her new blog has also been launched on Oprah's website.
Jenny McCarthy posed for Playboy magazine in 1993 and was named the magazine's Playmate of the Year. McCarthy parlayed that fame into a breakthrough role hosting the MTV dating show Singled Out.
Jenny tempers her sex-bomb image with a careful combination of kookiness and Oprah-style empathy. I remember seeing an appearance she made on The Rosie O'Donnell Show when I was about 15. She came out and explained how her CD poster had been digitally altered. "I'm doing this to show all those young girls at home," she told O'Donnell, "you look at a poster and you look in the mirror, you want to cry and kill yourself because you don't look like that. I'm going to show you what I looked like that day for real. Because I had huge zits, I was P.M.S.-ing pretty badly that day. I had a huge cold sore on my lip, which you can't see because they airbrushed it. Stretch marks all over my butt, which are gone. Birth marks, bruises. You name it. It's airbrushed." Her honesty blew me away. I was instantly taken by this gorgeous, hilarious and seemingly down to earth woman. I read her first book Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book when it was released later that year and discovered that not only did I think she was super cool, but I could relate to this woman to a large degree. Then came her various shows, including a sketch comedy show, which ran for just one season. I can't be the only one who loved The Jenny McCarthy Show. I love a girl who doesn't take herself too seriously and who isn't afraid to laugh at herself and admit that she's human.
She's gone from Playboy model to fearless comedienne to New York Times best selling authour of tell-it-like-it-is “mommy” books:
- Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood
- Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
- Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
- Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
- Healing and Preventing Autism Co-written with Dr. Jerry Kartzine
After a heart wrenching battle to get her son Evan properly diagnosed after he fell terribly ill with seizures at the age of two, to her son’s devastating diagnosis of autism and her arduous journey to find answers and get him healed, Jenny McCarthy has discovered her life’s work. She is determined to use her celebrity to bring attention to a condition that has reached epidemic proportions among pre-school age children: rapidly rising occurrences of autism. In recent years, McCarthy has been a frequent guest on Oprah's show, discussing her efforts in helping her son combat autism. I'm more than a little excited to see what Jenny will bring to the table with her own show.
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