Melissa Rauch

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Melissa Rauch
Melissa Rauch at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Rauch at PaleyFest 2013 for The Big Bang Theory
Born Melissa Ivy Rauch
(1980-06-23) June 23, 1980 (age 34)
Marlboro Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Winston Rauch[1][2]

Melissa Ivy Rauch (/ˈrʃ/;[3] born June 23, 1980) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Early life[edit]

Rauch was born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, and attended Frank Defino Central Elementary School in Marlboro.[4][5] She developed an interest in acting while attending Marlboro High School.[6] She is Jewish.[7]


In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette Rostenkowski, the girlfriend of Howard Wolowitz, in the third season of TV's The Big Bang Theory.[8] The following season her character became Howard's fiancée and Rauch was promoted to a series regular. The characters married in the season five finale. In December 2011, Rauch was nominated as part of The Big Bang Theory cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.[citation needed]

Rauch has been a participant in VH1's Best Week Ever television show. Other acting credits include True Blood, on which she had a recurring role in 2010 as Summer, a girl who likes Hoyt, and The Office. Rauch also appeared on the American remake of the Australian TV series Kath & Kim. She also appeared in Wright v Wrong and in the film I Love You, Man.[9]

Rauch is also part of the cast of the comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives with Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Jessica St. Clair and Danielle Schneider. The show began running at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in 2011.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rauch is married to writer Winston Rauch, who collaborated with her on The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and other projects.[11][12]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Delirious Megan
2009 I Love You, Man Woman Jogger Yelling at Sidney
2009 The Condom Killer Audra Short
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Daisy Cake TV movie
2013 In Lieu of Flowers Carrie
2014 Are You Here Over-dressed Call Girl
2015 The Bronze Hope Annabelle Greggory Filming, also writer
Year Title Role Notes
2007 12 Miles of Bad Road Bethany 3 episodes:
"The Dirty White Girl" (season 1: episode 2)
"Collateral Verbiage" (season 1: episode 4)
"Moonshadow" (season 1: episode 6)
2008-09 Kath & Kim Tina Season 1 (recurring; 6 episodes)
2009–present The Big Bang Theory Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz Season 3 (recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4-present (series regular; 89 episodes)
2010 The Office Cathy Duke 1 episode
2010 True Blood Summer Season 3 (recurring; 6 episodes)
2014 Teenage Fairytale Dropouts[13] Miss Macabre 1 episode
"Something Wicked This Way Substitutes"
2014 Sofia the First Ruby's Godmother 1 episode[14]


  1. ^ "Melissa Rauch movie 'The Bronze' to shoot June 29 in Amherst". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "‘Bronze’ to film downtown". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Five Questions - Video -". WKYC. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Melissa Rauch: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Winston Beigel". Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Considine, Bob. "Take Five With Melissa Rauch", Inside Jersey, May 2011. Accessed July 15, 2013. "I also had a terrific theater teacher at Marlboro High School who taught me a great deal and was very encouraging. There wasn't a ton to do in Marlboro, so for me, it was either hang outside the Wawa or put on a show."
  7. ^ Best Week Ever TV, Halftime Report: Melissa Rauch Defends Her Box, August 28, 2007
  8. ^ "'The Big Bang Theory' Cast On Being Part of an Ensemble". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Profiles in Panelism: Melissa Rauch". May 29, 2008. 
  10. ^ The Realest Real Housewives at UCB: A Celebration of the Best Show Ever
  11. ^ Larry Getlen, New York Post, Screaming Success: A Loud Family Helped Melissa Rauch do a 'Bang'-up Job, March 24, 2013
  12. ^ Stephen M. Silverman, People magazine, Jenna Bush Takes Center Stage in New York, August 19, 2005
  13. ^ "Ánima Estudios - Mobile Uploads - Facebook". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Second Season of Disney Junior's Hit Series "Sofia the First" Debuts Friday, March 7 on Disney Channel". The Futon Critic (Disney). 7 February 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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