Who is Molly Shannon?

A writer, producer, and comedian, who was a member of the repertory company of “Saturday Night Live” from 1995 until 2010, Molly Helen Shannon is perhaps known best for the eclectic characters she created and presented in the show. However, she is also a well-known actress with over 135 credits to her name; some of the most notable roles she portrayed in television series were in “The Other Two“, “Will & Grace“, and “Enlightened“, while to the movie lovers, Molly is known for starring in “Scary Movie 4“, “Superstar“, and “Never Been Kissed“, among others.

Besides numerous television and movie roles, Molly is also known as a voice actor, and has been heard voicing numerous characters, including Wanda in “Hotel Transylvania” and Millie in “Bob’s Burgers”.

Early life and education

Molly Shannon was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 16 September 1964, in Shaker Heights, Ohio USA, thus she holds American nationality and she comes from an Irish-American Catholic family. Her parents, Mary Margaret and James Francis Shannon, were a teacher and a sales manager respectively.

She was raised in her hometown by both of her parents until they had a family tragedy when Molly was four years old. Her father who was driving under the influence caused a car accident and sadly, her mother and her younger sister died.

Speaking of Molly’s educational background, she attended Saint Dominic School and Hawken School, and upon matriculating in 1982, she enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which she graduated with a BA degree in 1987.

Roles in movies

Molly made her acting debut portraying Meg in the 1989 movie “The Phantom of the Opera”, followed by her role as Traci in “Return to Two Moon Junction” in 1995, and she was then cast to play Homeless Lady in “Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace” in 1996.

In the following years, Molly was seen in “Dinner and Driving”, “Happiness”, and “A Night at the Roxbury” before her appearance as Anita in the 1999 romantic drama “Never Been Kissed”, also starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette, followed by her role as Mary Katherine Gallagher, a character which she created in “Superstar”, which brought her a nomination for Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress- Comedy in 2000.

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In the early 2000s, Molly starred in “My 5 Wives”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and “Wet Hot American Summer”, and since the list of her roles is too long to enumerate, we will mention some of her most notable, such as in “My Boss’s Daughter” (2003), “Scary Movie 4”, (2006), and “Evan Almighty” (2007), among others.

In 2011, Molly was seen opposite Cameron Diaz in “Bad Teacher”, followed by her role as Sheila in “Casa de mi Padre” in 2012, and then in the following year, she acted in “Scary Movie V” and “Trust Me”, while one of her certainly notable roles was her portrayal of Joanne in the 2016 comedy-drama “Other People”, which brought her the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, and she was also nominated for the Gold Derby Award for Supporting Actress, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Some of her most recent movie roles have been in “Fun Mom Dinner” (2017), “Wild Nights with Emily” (2018), “Sextuplets” (2019), and “Spin Me Round” in 2022, among others.

Roles in series

Molly made her first television appearance portraying Judy Swain in “Twin Peaks” in 1991, followed by her role as Officer Trainee in “In Living Color” in 1992 and ‘93, and then in the following year, she mostly guest-starred in various series, before making her debut in “Saturday Night Live” in 1995.

Concurrently, she was seen as Sam in “Seinfeld“ (1997), as Lily Martin in “Sex and the City“ (2002), while from 2004 until 2006, Molly portrayed Lesley Shackleton in “Cracking Up“, followed by her role as Kristy in “American Dad!“ (2005-2007), after which she was cast to play Kath Day in “Kath & Kim“ (2008-2009).

For her performances in “Saturday Night Live“, in 2000 Molly was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, and after she left the show in 2010, Molly was seen as Nancy in “Up All Night“, (2011-2012) before she was cast to play Eileen Farino in “Enlightened“ which brought her another Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013.

In the following years, Molly was seen starring in numerous series, including “Raising Hope” (2014), “Divorce” (2016-2019), and “The Other Two” (2019-2021), while it’s worthy of mentioning that she had a recurring role as Val Bassett in “Will & Grace”, which in 2018 brought her another Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for the episode “There’s Something About Larry”.

Love life and husband

Molly hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning both her love life and sexual orientation – it’s widely known that she’s straight, and that she’s a married woman.

Her husband is Fritz Chesnut, an artist and painter, who was born on 3 April 1973, which makes his zodiac sign Aries, and his age 49. He’s only known as Molly’s husband, so there’s virtually no information about his previous life before he married the famous actress.

The two met for the first time in a blind date, and they soon started dating, exchanging their wedding vows on 27 May 2004, with the wedding ceremony held in a secret location in the presence of only their closest family members and friends.

Molly and Fritz have two children together, namely Stella and Nolan, however, their birthdates haven’t been revealed.

As of June 2022, Molly is in marriage, and she and her husband are raising their children together.

Where is Molly now?

Molly’s fans can see her as Jackie Stilton in the Showtime series “I Love That for You“, also starring Vanessa Bayer and Paul James, while they will be happy to hear that Molly completed filming of her new movie entitled “A Good Person“, which should be released in 2023.

She is active on her social media platforms, such as her Instagram account, which has been followed by over 500,000 people.

Age, height, and net worth

Molly’s age is 57, has brown hair and hazel eyes, weighs around 130lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, with vital statistics of 35-23-36.

During her over 30-year-long career, Molly has starred in numerous movies and series, and thanks to her acting career, she’s earned decent wealth according to sources – as of June 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $8 million.

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