Shannon at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
|Birth name||Molly Helen Shannon|
September 16, 1964 |
Shaker Heights, Ohio
|Spouse||Fritz Chesnut (2004–present)|
Molly Helen Shannon (born September 16, 1964) is an American comic actress best known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001 and for starring in the films Superstar and Year of the Dog. More recently, she starred in NBC's Kath & Kim from 2008 to 2009 and on the TBS animated series Neighbors from Hell. Throughout Shannon's career she has appeared in a number of films in supporting roles.
Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on September 16, 1964, to an Irish American Catholic family. Her mother, Mary Margaret "Peg" (née Keating), was a teacher, and her father, James Francis Shannon, was a sales manager. Shannon was involved in a car accident when she was four years old which killed her mother, younger sister and cousin. Shannon attended St. Dominic School in Shaker Heights for grade school, and Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio. She attended New York University, where she studied drama and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1987.
Before Saturday Night Live, Shannon had a struggling career in movies, her most notable being a supporting role as Meg in the 1989 horror film remake of The Phantom of the Opera with Robert Englund. In 1991, she had a brief appearance in the second season of Twin Peaks, and in 1993, she appeared with minor roles in two episodes of In Living Color, the first in a fake TV commercials with Chris Rock (played by Shawn Wayans), and the second in a sketch with Jim Carrey, playing LAPD Sergeant Stacey Koon.
Shannon's major break came in February 1995, when she was hired as a featured player on Saturday Night Live to replace Janeane Garofalo after Garofalo left mid-season due to creative differences. Shannon was one of the few cast members to be kept (along with David Spade, Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney and Tim Meadows) when Lorne Michaels overhauled his cast and writers for season 21 (1995-1996).
She appeared in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld entitled "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. She also appeared in Sheryl Crow's video for the song "A Change (Will Do You Good)" and played the recurring role of loony neighbor Val Bassett, Grace Adler's nemesis, on Will & Grace, appearing in five episodes over the sitcom's eight-season run. In 1998, she played the role of Emily Sanderson in the film A Night at the Roxbury, featuring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan who were also cast members of SNL at the time.
Shannon left SNL in 2001, surpassing Victoria Jackson as the show's longest-serving female cast member (she has since been surpassed by Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler). In 2003, she appeared in the romantic comedy My Boss's Daughter and the television remake of The Music Man.
In 2004, she starred in a short-lived Fox network television series Cracking Up with actor Jason Schwartzman. That same year, she guest starred in an episode of Scrubs and starred as Mrs. Baker in the film Good Boy!. In 2006, Shannon was featured in the Sofia Coppola directed movie Marie Antoinette as Aunt Victoire. The next year, Shannon guest starred on ABC's Pushing Daisies, and appeared in the film Evan Almighty. Shannon also made a rare move to drama, appearing in the critically acclaimed film Year of the Dog in 2007.
Shannon hosted Saturday Night Live on May 12, 2007, making her the second former female cast member to host (after Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and the first one to have been a cast member for Lorne Michaels (Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member under Dick Ebersol).
Shannon replaced Katie Finneran in the role of Marge McDougall in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises on 12 October 2010, and will remain through its closure on 2 January 2011 along with co-stars Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
Shannon's first children's book, Tilly the Trickster, was released September 1, 2011.
As of Spring, 2012, she has replaced Pauley Perrette as the spokesperson for Expedia.com.
|1989||Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the Opera||Meg|
|1991||Twin Peaks||Judy Swain||1 episode|
|1993||In Living Color||Officer Trainee||1 episode|
|1993||General Hospital||Surrogate Mother #2||1 episode|
|1994||John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show||1 episode|
|1994||Sister, Sister||Cashier||1 episode|
|1995||Saturday Night Live||Various||120 episodes (1995–2001)|
|1995||Return to Two Moon Junction||Traci|
|1996||Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace||Homeless Lady|
|1997||Dinner and Driving||Arguing Woman in Café|
|1997||Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy||Melody Pugh||1 episode|
|1997||Seinfeld||Sam||1 episode ("The Summer of George")|
|1998||Thin Pink Line, TheThe Thin Pink Line||Aanl|
|1998||Night at the Roxbury, AA Night at the Roxbury||Emily Sanderson|
|1998||Daydream Believer||Susan Bradley|
|1999||Never Been Kissed||Anita Olesky|
|1999||My Neighbors the Yamadas||Matsuko Yamada||Dubbed English Voice|
|1999||Superstar||Mary Katherine Gallagher|
|1999||Will & Grace||Val Bassett||5 episodes (1999–2004)|
|2000||SNL Fanatic||Anna Nicole Smith||TV|
|2000||My 5 Wives||Barbara Van Dyke|
|2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Betty Lou Who|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Gail von Kleinenstein|
|2001||Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra 1||Elizabeth Taylor||TV|
|2001||Osmosis Jones||Mrs. Boyd|
|2001||Shallow Hal||Mrs Mary Larson||Uncredited|
|2002||Sex and the City||Lily Martin||3 episodes|
|2002||Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2||Tracy|
|2003||American Splendor||Stage Actor Joyce|
|2003||Music Man, TheThe Music Man||Mrs Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn||TV|
|2003||Ed||Linda Berringer||1 episode|
|2003||My Boss's Daughter||Audrey Bennett|
|2003||Good Boy!||Mrs. Baker|
|2004||Scrubs||Denise Lemmon||1 episode|
|2004||Twelve Days of Christmas Eve, TheThe Twelve Days of Christmas Eve||Angie||TV|
|2004||Cracking Up||Lesley Shackleton||7 episodes (2004–2006)|
|2005||Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie||Jackie Frost||Voice|
|2005||American Dad!||Kristy||3 episodes (2005–2007)|
|2006||Shut Up and Sing||Trish|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Marilyn|
|2006||Marie Antoinette||Aunt Victoire|
|2006||Little Man||Soccer Mom|
|2006||Talladega Nights||Mrs. Dennit|
|2006||My Gym Partner's a Monkey||Pretties||1 episode|
|2006||Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On Head||Patience the Vampire||TV / Voice|
|2007||Mastersons of Manhattan, TheThe Mastersons of Manhattan||Amanda Masterson|
|2007||Year of the Dog||Peggy|
|2007||30 Rock||Katherine Catherine Donaghy||1 episode|
|2007||Evan Almighty||Eve Adams|
|2007||More of Me||Alice McGowan||TV|
|2007||Pushing Daisies||Dilly Balsam||1 episode|
|2008||Kath & Kim||Kath||18 episodes (2008–2009)|
|2009||What Goes Up||Penelope Little|
|2009||New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine||Jeannie||1 episode|
|2010||Glee||Brenda Castle||2 episodes: "Bad Reputation" and "Dream On"|
|2010||Neighbors from Hell||Tina Hellman||Voice|
|2011||Bad Teacher||Melody Tiara|
|2011, 2013||Middle, TheThe Middle||Janet||Minor character|
|2011||Up All Night||Nancy||2 episodes: "Hiring and Firing" and "First Birthday"|
|2012||Casa de Mi Padre||Sheila|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Onion Chef|
|2012||Web Therapy||Kirsten Noble||2 episodes: "National Exposure" and "Adaptation"|
|2013||Scary Movie 5||Heather Daltry|
|2013||Happily Divorced||Peggy||1 episode: "I Object"|
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
|2013||Hannibal||"mother" of a special family||1 episode: "Œuf" pulled from broadcast in USA (parts not containing "mother" shown as webseries); episode shown outside USA|
|2013||Jessie||Col. Beverly Shannon||1 episode: "GI.Jessie"|
|2013||Bob's Burgers||Millie||1 episode: "Fort Night"|
|2013||Raising Hope||Maxine||1 episode: "Extreme Howdy's Makeover"|
|2014||Life After Beth||Geenie Slocum||Filming|
|2015||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||Filming|
Saturday Night Live characters
- Mary Katherine Gallagher, Shannon's best known character. An odd, outcast student at a Catholic school who enjoyed performing in the choir and school plays. Shannon starred in a 1999 feature film based on the character.
- Sally O'Malley, a proud 50-year old dancer with a bouffant hairdo, who wore tight red pants and proclaimed how much she loved to "kick, stretch and kick!"
- Circe Nightshade, co-host of "Goth Talk" (with Chris Kattan).
- Miss Colleen, co-host of "Dog Show" (with Will Ferrell).
- Elizabeth, one of the "Southern Gals".
- Helen Madden, an overly exuberant self-proclaimed "Joyologist", who appeared on talk shows with the trademark catchphrase "I love it, I love it, I love it!"
- Veronica Kilvere, an airhead fashion model who hosts the "Veronica & Co." talk show.
- Janette Blow, wife of Joe Blow (played by Colin Quinn) on "The Local News" public-access television cable TV talk show.
- Terri Rialto, co-host of the NPR radio show "Delicious Dish" (with Ana Gasteyer).
- Margaret Healy, a woman who enjoys doing lots of voices and accents.
- Jeannie Darcy, an unfunny mullet-haired stand-up comedian, who ended almost every joke with the phrase "Don't get me started, don't even get me started!"
- Angelina Jolie
- Ann Miller
- Anna Nicole Smith
- Betty Boothroyd
- Brooke Shields
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Bobbi McCaughey
- Cate Blanchett
- Courtney Love
- Donatella Versace
- Debbie Rowe
- Denise Rich
- Gisele Bündchen
- Gwen Stefani
- Emma Bunton
- Janis Joplin
- Julianna Margulies
- Kim Cattrall
- Liza Minnelli
- Meredith Vieira
- Minnie Driver
- Monica Lewinsky
- Paula Zahn
- Shania Twain
- Soon-Yi Previn
- Tori Amos
- Cranky Critic StarTalk: Movie Star Interview with Molly Shannon
- The Lantern – Shannon talks about SNL and being a "Superstar"
- Molly Shannon Biography (1964–)
- YouTube – Molly Shannon – Life Insurance Awareness Month 2007
- Hontz, Jenny (2008-10-05). "Funny Girl: Molly Shannon | New York Post". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
- "NYU Alumni Magazine: Live from New York, It's…". Nyu.edu. 1975-10-11. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
- Ausiello, Michael (February 10, 2010). "'Glee' exclusive: Molly Shannon declares war on Sue Sylvester!". The Ausiello Files. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
- STAGE TUBE: New Betty White SNL Promo! (TV Content)
- Broadway Revival of Promises, Promises to Close
- "Tilly the Trickster". Abramsbooks.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
- Associated Press (June 2, 2004), "Former 'SNL' Member Molly Shannon Weds", Fox News Channel (Fox News Network), retrieved May 16, 2010
- Hontz, Jenny (October 5, 2008), "Funny Girl: Molly Shannon", Page Six Magazine (News Corporation), retrieved May 16, 2010
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