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Did You Know That Melissa McCarthy And Jenny McCarthy Are Cousins?

Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy are in fact cousins! Here's how...
November 7, 2019 - 19:35 / Sarah Schulz

Many fans often wonder if the hilarious Melissa McCarthy and the lovely Jenny McCarthy are in fact related... Well, they are! Here's the full story on how these two successful women are first cousins. 

Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois on August 26th, 1970 to Sandra and Michael McCarthy. Jenny McCarthy was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois on November 1, 1972 to Linda and Dan McCarthy. Melissa in an only child while Jenny has three other sisters, Lynette, Joanne (former professional basketball player) and Amy. This does however mean, that Melissa and Jenny are first cousins.

Jenny McCarthy attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019
 

Melissa and Jenny McCarthy are first cousins

It is well-known that just because two celebs have the same last name, you can't automatically assume they are related, however in this case, you can! It was in fact Jenny McCarthy who got Melissa her first role as a guest-star on her short-lived sitcom. Melissa and Jenny have both gone on to cement their careers in Hollywood both going in very different directions. Jenny is an actress, model and television host who got her career start as a nude model for Playboy in 1993, while Melissa is a highly-sought after actress, comedian and writer who gained prominent recognition as "Sookie" in Gilmore Girls

Melissa McCarthy at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Both Jenny and Melissa McCarthy are very successful

While both women are very successful still today in their respective chosen career paths, it appears that they don't have a very close relationship. Melissa McCarthy didn't even attend Jenny's most recent wedding to Donnie Wahlberg in 2014. However, Jenny did post a Throwback Thursday photo to her Instagram with Melissa in 2014. As far as we know, there is no bad blood but maybe just very different personalities. 

Melissa McCarthy is currently working on the movies Superintelligence, The Starling and Thunder Force, keeping very busy. Jenny McCarthy is currently a judge on The Masked Singer