Jennifer Ann Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, screenwriter and antivaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film acting career. She is a former cohost of the ABC talk show The View.
McCarthy grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois and South West Chicago. She was born to a workingclass Catholic family, and has Irish, German, and Polish ancestry. She lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood of Chicago. She is the second of four daughters her sisters are named Lynette, Joanne, and Amy. Actress Melissa McCarthy is her cousin. McCarthys mother, Linda, was a housewife and courtroom custodian, and her father, Dan McCarthy, was a steel mill foreman.