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Who is Molly Shannon? Biography, Net Worth, Married, Tv Shows, Lost Her Mother in Car Accident

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Who is Molly Shannon? Molly Shannon lost her mother, younger sister and cousin in a car accident when she was 4 years old. Today we will be talking about her life, career, and how she has been coping after the death of her mother, younger sister and cousin.

Who is Molly Shannon?

Molly Helen Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on September 16, 1964, to an Irish American Catholic family. Shannon was an award-winning actress, She has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films, such as Happiness (1998), A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Never Been Kissed (1999), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Osmosis Jones (2001), My Boss’s Daughter (2003), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015).

Her voice can also be heard in the animated films Igor (2008) and the Hotel Transylvania film series (2012–present). In television, Shannon is known for her roles in Enlightened (2013), Divorce (2016–2019), The White Lotus (2021), and reprised her role in the miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and its follow-up Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017).

Molly Shannon was born into the family of Mary Margaret “Peg” (née Keating) and James Francis Shannon. Her mother was a teacher while her father was a sale manager.

Speaking on the accident that took the life of her mother, her younger sister, cousin and her father badly injured. “I felt like I had been through a war,” Molly Shannon says.

Before becoming an actress, Shannon worked as a hostess at Cravings restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and as a food demo girl at Gelson’s super market in Marina Del Rey.

She appeared in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld titled “The Summer of George,” where she played Sam, the co-worker who drove Elaine Benes crazy because she did not swing her arms while walking. She also appeared in Sheryl Crow’s video for the song “A Change (Will Do You Good)” and played the recurring role of loony neighbor Val Bassett, Grace Adler’s nemesis, on Will & Grace, appearing in five episodes over the sitcom’s eight-season run.

In 1998, she played the role of Emily Sanderson in the film A Night at the Roxbury, featuring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan who were also cast members of SNL at the time. She also appeared in Sex and the City in a number of episodes.

In 1999 Shannon starred in Superstar, a feature film based on her most famous SNL character, Mary Katherine Gallagher, the awkward Catholic school student who aspires to be a musical superstar.

During her run on SNL, Shannon also found time to star in the movie Never Been Kissed (1999) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and Serendipity opposite Kate Beckinsale (2001). Shannon left SNL in 2001, surpassing Victoria Jackson as the show’s longest-serving female cast member (she has since been surpassed by Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler). In 2003, she appeared in the romantic comedy My Boss’s Daughter and the television remake of The Music Man.

Shannon’s major break came in February 1995, when she was hired as a featured player on Saturday Night Live to replace Janeane Garofalo after Garofalo left mid-season due to creative differences. Shannon was one of the few cast members to be kept (along with David Spade, Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney and Tim Meadows) when Lorne Michaels overhauled his cast and writers for season 21 (1995–96).

Shannon won the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the highly acclaimed drama, Other People. She had two films premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: The Little Hours and Fun Mom Dinner.

Molly Shannon Net Worth

Molly Shannon net worth is $7 million. Shannon has made most of her money from acting, she starting acting since 1989 when she was auditioned for her first big film role and was cast, playing the supporting part of Meg in the 1989 horror film remake of The Phantom of the Opera, with Robert Englund. In 1991, she had a brief appearance in the second season of Twin Peaks as “the happy helping hand lady”, and in 1993, she appeared with minor roles in three episodes of In Living Color, the first in a fake TV commercial with Shawn Wayans playing Chris Rock, the second in a sketch with Jim Carrey, playing LAPD Sergeant Stacey Koon, and third being a parody of Star Trek.

Molly Shannon Married? Personal Life, Husband, Children

Shannon married artist Fritz Chesnut on May 29, 2004. Their union was blessed with two children: daughter Stella who was born in 2003 and son Nolan born 2005.

Shannon has a book, Hello, Molly!, will be published by Ecco on April 12, 2022, after years of planning and dreaming of writing a memoir, Shannon, 56, is finally opening up about the pain and grief of her past — as well as the humor and healing she’s found since.

The memoir explores Shannon’s complicated and deep connection with her father, her journey as an actress and comedian and a behind-the-scenes look at her favorite memories from SNL. The result is “hilarious and heartbreaking,” according to the press release.

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