Molly Shannon – Bio, Facts, All You Need To Know About The Actress

A lot of comedians, actors, and actresses who are now famous emerged out of the American late-night live television variety show titled Saturday Night Live. The show which premiered in the year 1975 has been on air for many years and is undoubtedly one of the longest-running network television programs in the United States. In the course of its airing, one of the stars who has emerged out of it is Molly Shannon.

Before SNL, she began her career in the year 1987 as a hostess but has considerably grown over the years. Molly is today recognized as a talented comedian and actress with a slew of works which cuts across film, television series, web series and even an appearance in a music video. Here is an account of her biography and all that is deserving for you to know about the talented entertainer.

Molly Shannon’s Bio

Molly Shannon (Molly Helen Shannon) was born on the 16th day of September 1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio into an Irish American Catholic family. She has as her parents James Francis Shannon; her father who is a sales manager and Mary Margaret her mother who is a teacher. Sadly, at the age of 4, she was involved in a ghastly accident which took the lives of her mother, younger sister, and cousin but she survived.

Growing up, Helen attended St. Dominic School a private school in Shaker Heights, Ohio and later Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio before she enrolled in college to study drama at the New York University (NYU). In the year 1987, Molly graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Following her graduation from college, Molly first worked in Cravings restaurant on Sunset Boulevard as a hostess and also at Gelson’s supermarket in Marina Del Rey as a food demo girl. At this time, she began attending film auditions and earned a role in the remake of The Phantom of the Opera as Meg in 1989. Molly Shannon followed this up with a role in the second season of Twin Peaks (1991) as Judy Swain in 1 episode.

Other television roles she starred in at this stage of her career were In Living Color, General Hospital, The John Larroquette Show, and of course her Saturday Night Live appearances in 116 episodes from 1995 till the year 2001. In film, the actress displayed her acting talent in Return to Two Moon Junction, Happiness, Analyze This, and Superstar. From 2001 to 2010, Molly Shannon was seen in films like My 5 Wives where she played the role of Dr. Van Dyke, others are Wet Hot American Summer, Serendipity, The Santa Clause 2, My Boss’s Daughter, Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie, Marie Antoinette, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Igor and What Goes Up.

Her television roles at his time came in projects like Sex and the City, Cracking Up, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, 30 Rock, The New Adventures of Old Christine and her Tina Hellman voice role in 10 episodes of Neighbors from Hell.

Molly Shannon as Tina Hellman in a scene of Neighbors from Hell
Molly Shannon as Tina Hellman in a scene of Neighbors from Hell

Molly Shannon played the character of Melody Tiara in Bad Teacher, voiced Wanda in Hotel Transylvania, acted as Denise Kushner in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Some of her other film roles to the present time are Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, Other People, Private Life, Wild Nights with Emily, Private Life, and others.

In the past couple of years, Molly has been more involved in television series more than she has worked in films. Her acting talent was appreciated in works like The Middle, Doc McStuffins, Super Fun Night, The Spoils of Babylon, The Spoils Before Dying, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Life in Pieces, The Royal Wedding Live with Cord & Tish! etc.

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Other than starring in films and television series, Molly Shannon has acted in a few web series. They include Web Therapy (2010) where she played the character of Kirsten Noble in 3 episodes, Joy Button in 3 episodes of Ghost Ghirls (2013), and her portrayal of Rhonda in 1 episode of Rhett and Link’s Buddy System. In addition, the seasoned actor and comedian was also on the music video of Katy Perry‘s song titled “Swish Swish”. Katy featured Nicki Minaj in the song.

Other Facts, All You Need To Know About The Actress

Net Worth

With a career that has spanned over 3 decades, Molly Shannon has acted in quite an impressive number of projects. From these, she has been able to amass a net worth estimated to be about $7 million.


Molly’s award cabinet is decorated with her 1998 National Board of Review Award as the Best Cast in the film Happiness; Best Host or Performer in a Variety, Musical, or Comedy Series (2002) from Online Film & Television Association for Saturday Night Live; and her Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female in the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Relationship Life

Molly got married on May 29, 2004, to Fritz Chesnut and they have been married since then. They are parents to two children: Stella (born in 2003) and Nolan (born in 2005).

Body Measurements

Molly Shannon stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches and weighs about 54kg. She has a bust measurement of 34 inches, waist of 24 inches and hips that measure 35 inches. The actress has eyes and hair that are both dark brown in color.


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