Jenny McCarthy is a model, actress, author, and 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.
More recently, Jenny McCarthy has written books about parenting, and has become an activist promoting research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism. She has claimed that vaccines cause autism and that chelation therapy helped cure her son of autism. Both claims are controversial and unsupported by any medical evidence, and her son’s autism diagnosis is disputed.
In July 2013, Jenny McCarthy was announced as a new co-host on ABC’s The View, replacing former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The appointment called forth many protests. Amy Pisani of Every Child By Two stated of McCarthy’s anti-immunization stance in a letter to The View’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, that McCarthy’s “unfounded claims that vaccines cause autism have been one of the greatest impediments to public health in recent decades,” and that McCarthy’s assertions “[have] spread fear among young parents, which has lead to an increased number of children who have not received life-saving vaccines.”
How Jenny McCarthy Made Her Money – Model, Author and Actress
Estimated Net Worth: $154 Million
Birthday: November 1, 1972