20 Facts About Molly Shannon


Molly Shannon's has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films, such as Happiness, A Night at the Roxbury, Never Been Kissed, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wet Hot American Summer, reprising her character in the miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and its follow-up Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Osmosis Jones, My Boss's Daughter, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl .

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When Molly Shannon was four years old, her mother, younger sister, and cousin died in a car accident while her father was driving under the influence.

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Molly Shannon attended St Dominic School in Shaker Heights for grade school, and Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio.

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Molly Shannon's attended New York University, where she studied drama and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1987.

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Molly Shannon's 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.

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Molly Shannon was one of the few cast members to be kept when Lorne Michaels overhauled his cast and writers for season 21 .

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Molly Shannon's 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.

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In 1999, Molly 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.

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In 2006, Molly Shannon was featured in the Sofia Coppola-directed movie Marie Antoinette as Aunt Victoire.

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The next year, Molly Shannon guest-starred on ABC's Pushing Daisies, and appeared in the film Evan Almighty.

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Molly Shannon made a rare move to drama, appearing in Mike White's film Year of the Dog in 2007.

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In 2013, Molly Shannon joined White again, playing his love interest Eileen in the HBO show Enlightened, for which she was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding guest actress.

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In early 2010, Molly Shannon was cast in a recurring role on the Fox television series Glee as Brenda Castle, an astronomy and badminton teacher who has a rivalry with main character Sue Sylvester.

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In 2015, Molly Shannon starred in the Sundance premiere of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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In 2016, Molly Shannon co-starred in the HBO comedy Divorce opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church.

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Molly Shannon won the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the highly acclaimed drama, Other People.

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Molly Shannon's had two films premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: The Little Hours and Fun Mom Dinner.

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In 2018, Molly Shannon co-hosted the Rose Parade with Will Ferrell on Amazon Prime Video in character as fictional local television personalities, Tish and Cord.

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In 2018, Molly Shannon co-starred in the critically acclaimed Netflix film Private Life, playing prickly Cynthia, opposite Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti and Kayli Carter.

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In 2022, Molly Shannon co-starred in the Showtime comedy television series I Love That For You alongside fellow former Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer.

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