Molly McNearney is an American scriptwriter and author. She is popularly known for being a co-writer of the TV show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. Despite starting from very humble beginnings, she worked her way to the top, winning several accolades along the way.
The popular scriptwriter took it a step further in 2018 by making her acting debut in the movie Dumplings, wherein she played the character of Delia Shepherd. For most people, nonetheless, this Molly is simply the wife of Jimmy Kimmel.
Molly McNearney Bio
She was born on the 13th of March 1978, in St Louis, Missouri, United States. Growing up, Molly attended St Clare of Assisi Elementary School in Chesterfield. Right after that, she attended St Joseph High School, an all-girls high school in the suburbs of St Louise, Missouri.
During her high school days, she developed an interest in writing and hoped to one day become a Journalist. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Kansas – William Allen High School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Molly McNearney spent several years at the university and eventually graduated in the year 2000 with a degree in Advertising.
Thereafter, she worked as an ad salesperson for ABC until 2003, when she got promoted to the position of personal assistant to the executive producer on the TV show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2004, she went on to become an assistant writer on the show, before she eventually got promoted to the position of the lead writer in 2008. While one might downplay the significance of this achievement, it’s interesting to know that at that time, she was the only female writer on the show.
Since Molly McNearney became a writer on the popular TV show, she has been on a constant rise. Molly has gone on to achieve several feats, from writing jokes for the white house correspondent dinner in 2012 to co-writing plots for the 68th Primetime Emmy Award of the same year. With 5 primetime Emmy award nominations and 2 Writer’s Guild of America award, Molly McNearney can be categorized as one of the best script-writers in the business. At her current pace, it’s only normal for one to expect more accolades to her name in the coming years.
Spouse (Jimmy Kimmel) and Children
It’s clearly impossible to talk about Molly McNearney without the mention of her husband, Jimmy Kimmel. According to Molly, their paths first crossed in 2004 when she was introduced to him by the then executive producer of the show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. She also recalls him using insulting words on her that day. As a result of that, she only felt despise towards him and no sort of attraction, whatsoever.
Things, however, took a different turn in their relationship in the year 2010 when they started hanging out after shows alongside other writers. Within a short period of time, they became really good friends. What eventually won her heart was his attention to details. Later that year, he asked her out right after making a dinner of her favorite food.
In 2013, they made it official by tying the knot in a star-studded wedding ceremony with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Christen Bell all in attendance. It is, nevertheless, important to note that this wasn’t Kimmel’s first marriage as he was once married to Gina Maddy. The marriage started in 1998 and collapsed in 2002.
On the 10th of July 2014, Molly gave birth to her first child – Jane. It’s also important to note that this wasn’t Kimmel’s first child as he already had two children from his previous marriage with Gina Maddy. They both go by the name of Katherine and Kelvin.
A few years later, precisely on the 21st of April 2017, she gave birth to her second child. This time, it was a boy and they named him Williams John. Their joy was however cut short when they learned that he was born with a very rare heart defect and would have to be operated on. As fate would have it, he had a very successful operation and is a much healthier child today.
Her Parents and Siblings
There is little information available to the media regarding the parent and siblings of Molly McNearney as she rarely talks about them. However, she once revealed the names of her parent to be Michael McNearney (father) and Michelle McNearney (mother). That being said, she is the second of her parents’ three children. She has an older brother by the name of Michael Jr. McNearney and a younger sister who goes by the name of Kelly McNearney.