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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 September 1964Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Birth NameMolly Helen Shannon
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Molly Shannon has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen.

Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live (1995 - 2010), primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O'Malley. She is also praised for her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky, and Meredith Vieira. In 2000, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Prior to joining SNL, Shannon appeared at The Up Front Comedy Theater in Los Angeles in The Rob and Molly Show, an improvisational show she co-wrote with Rob Muir.

In 2017, Molly was awarded the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the highly acclaimed drama Other People (2016). Shannon received rave reviews for her portrayal of Joanne, a mother who is struggling with terminal cancer whose son moves home to take care of her. The film won the Grand Jury prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She also co-starred in the independent feature films Miles (2016) from and We Don't Belong Here (2017).

On television, Molly has co-starred in the hit HBO comedy, Divorce (2017) and in the Wet Hot American Summer (2016) miniseries for Netflix. The eight-episode series serves as a prequel to the cult comedy classic film of the same name, which Shannon also starred in.

Molly garnered rave reviews for her arc on HBO's series Enlightened (2013) her performance earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Additional television credits include guest starring roles on CBS's Life in Pieces (2015), HBO's comedy Getting On (2013), the ABC Rebel Wilson comedy, Super Fun Night (2013), the IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon (2014), Up All Night (2011), Raising Hope (2010), The Middle (2009), Web Therapy (2008), Glee (2009), Neighbors from Hell (2010), the U.S. version of the popular Australian sitcom Kath and Kim (2008), as well as Cracking Up (2004), Will & Grace (1998), Sex and the City (1998) Seinfeld (1989), Pushing Daisies (2007) and 30 Rock (2006), among many others. Her television movies include More of Me (2007), The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve (2004) and The Music Man (2003).

Additional film credits include Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), an independent drama which won the Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; the American zombie comedy, Life After Beth (2014); Scary Movie 5 (2013); Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015); Bad Teacher (2011), Superstar (1999), portraying everybody's favorite Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher; Marie Antoinette (2006); Year of the Dog (2007); Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006); Evan Almighty (2007); Igor (2008); Littleman (2006); Scary Movie 4 (2006); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000); A Night at the Roxbury (1998); Analyze This (1999); Happiness (1998); Never Been Kissed (1999); The Good Boy! (2003); Serendipity (2001); Osmosis Jones (2001); The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001).

In 2011, Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, released Molly's first children's picture book, Tilly the Trickster. The book tells the tale of Tilly, "a mischief maker of the best kind-one who learns her lesson but never lets the reader stop having fun." In 2010, Shannon made her Broadway debut replacing Tony Award winner Katie Finneran in the hit musical "Promises, Promises" alongside Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Molly earned a BFA in drama from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in California with her husband and two children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Viewpoint

Spouse (1)

Fritz Chestnut (29 May 2004 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Known for her characters on Saturday Night Live (1975): Mary Katherine Gallagher (the nerdy Catholic school girl) and Helen Madden (the licensed joyologist).

Trivia (15)

Presented at the 2000 GLAAD Media Awards for films and TV shows that accurately portray gay and lesbian characters.
Graduated from Hawken School in Chesterland, Ohio, June 1983, where she was a classmate of actress Greer Goodman.
Was in a car crash at age 4 that killed her 34 year old mother, her 3 year old sister, and a 25 year old cousin. She has used that as a motivation for her life.
Graduated from NYU in 1987.
Appeared in Sheryl Crow's 1997 video "A Change Would Do You Good".
Became engaged to Fritz Chestnut, an artist. [March 2003]
Molly & Fritz welcomed their first child, a girl named Stella Shannon Chestnut. [September 2003]
BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1987).
Had a second baby, a boy, named Nolan Shannon Chestnut. [March 2005]
Wore an off-white "garden dress" designed by SNL wardrobe department head Dale Richards in her May 2004 wedding to Fritz Chestnut.
She is from the neighborhood in Ohio as Paul Newman, Fred Willard and David Wain. Shaker Heights, Ohio is also the name of the place that the Cleaver family was from in the early sitcom, "Leave It To Beaver".
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Both of her parents were of Irish descent.
Had first born child with the name of Stella Shannon Chestnut. [September 2003]

Personal Quotes (3)

I used to get painful crushes on really unavailable guys.
I feel great about it. I did six full years, and I loved it. I just felt like it was time. Not everything is going to be a perfect decision. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss, and that's the way it goes - about leaving Saturday Night Live (1975) to pursue a film career.
My dad was a real fun guy and, despite his personal problems, he was a great father. It wasn't easy, but he did a good job of raising my sister Mary and I all by himself.

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