Melissa Rauch

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Melissa Rauch
Melissa Rauch at comic con 2012.jpg
Rauch at ComicCon, July 2012
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] Rauch has a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in acting from Marymount Manhattan College. She is Jewish.[7][8]

Career[edit]

In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette, the girlfriend of Howard Wolowitz, in the third season of TV's The Big Bang Theory.[9] 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.

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.[10]

Rauch is also part of the cast of the comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives, alongside Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Jessica St. Clair and Danielle Schneider. The show began running at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in 2011.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rauch is married to writer Winston Rauch, who collaborated with her on The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and other projects.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Delirious Megan
2009 I Love You, Man Woman Jogger Yelling at Sidney
The Condom Killer Audra Short
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Daisy Cake TV movie
2013 You Are Here Unknown Post-Production
In Lieu of Flowers Carrie
2015 The Bronze Filming, also writer
Television
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 Recurring role, 6 episodes:
"Respect" (season 1: episode 2)
"Dating" (season 1: episode 5)
"Friends" (season 1: episode 9)
"Idols" (season 1: episode 12)
"Bachelorette" (season 1: episode 16)
"Home" (season 1: episode 17)
2009–present The Big Bang Theory Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz Season 3 (recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4-present (Main role)
2010 The Office Cathy Duke 1 episode
"The Delivery: Part 2" (season 6: episode 19)
True Blood Summer Recurring role, 6 episodes:
"Trouble" (season 3: episode 5)
"Hitting the Ground" (season 3: episode 7)
"Everything Is Broken" (season 3: episode 9)
"I Smell a Rat" (season 3: episode 10)
"Fresh Blood" (season 3: episode 11)
"Evil Is Going On" (season 3: episode 12)
2014 Teenage Fairytale Dropouts[14] Miss Macabre 1 episode
"Something Wicked This Way Substitutes"
Sofia the First Ruby's godmother Guest voice[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melissa Rauch movie 'The Bronze' to shoot June 29 in Amherst
  2. ^ ‘Bronze’ to film downtown
  3. ^ "Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Five Questions - Video - wkyc.com". WKYC. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Melissa Rauch: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Winston Beigel". broadwayworld.com 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. ^ Wieselman, Jaret. (September 22, 2011). "A 'Big Bang Theory' Wedding?". E!.
  8. ^ Best Week Ever TV, Halftime Report: Melissa Rauch Defends Her Box, August 28, 2007
  9. ^ 'The Big Bang Theory' Cast On Being Part of an Ensemble, Backstage, Nov. 29, 2012
  10. ^ "Profiles in Panelism: Melissa Rauch". Bestweekever.tv. May 29, 2008. 
  11. ^ The Realest Real Housewives at UCB: A Celebration of the Best Show Ever
  12. ^ Larry Getlen, New York Post, Screaming Success: A Loud Family Helped Melissa Rauch do a 'Bang'-up Job, March 24, 2013
  13. ^ Stephen M. Silverman, People magazine, Jenna Bush Takes Center Stage in New York, August 19, 2005
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Second Season of Disney Junior's Hit Series "Sofia the First" Debuts Friday, March 7 on Disney Channel Read more at http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2014/02/07/second-season-of-disney-juniors-hit-series-sofia-the-first-debuts-friday-march-7-on-disney-channel-697403/20140207disney01/#85m63OHe0TdBfG7D.99". The Futon Critic (Disney). 7 February 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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