Melissa Ivy Rauch
June 23, 1980
|Alma mater||Marymount Manhattan College|
|Known for||The Big Bang Theory (2009–2019), Best Week Ever (2004-2008), True Blood (2010), The Bronze (2015), Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)|
Melissa Ivy Rauch (born June 23, 1980) is an American actress, model and comedian. She is known for playing Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for which she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013. From 2004 to 2008, Rauch worked as a regular contributor on the VH1 series Best Week Ever. Rauch's other acting credits include playing Tina on the American remake of Kath & Kim and Summer on the HBO fantasy horror drama True Blood. Rauch also starred in, co-wrote and co-produced the 2015 sports comedy-drama film The Bronze and provided the voice of DC character Harley Quinn in the 2017 animated film Batman and Harley Quinn. Rauch also had supporting roles in I Love You, Man (2009), Ice Age: Collision Course and Flock of Dudes (both 2016), and Ode to Joy and The Laundromat (both 2019).
Rauch was born to Susan and David Rauch, a Jewish family living in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. She has a younger brother, Ben. She developed an interest in acting while attending Marlboro High School. Her Bat Mitzvah had a “Melissa’s Comedy Club” theme. Rauch graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2002.
In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, a co-worker of Penny's at The Cheesecake Factory who began to date Howard Wolowitz, in the third season of TV's The Big Bang Theory. 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 and fellow cast members of The Big Bang Theory received the first of four nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Other acting credits include True Blood (on which she had a recurring role in 2010 as Summer, a girl who likes Hoyt), The Office, the American remake of the Australian TV series Kath & Kim, Wright v Wrong, and the film I Love You, Man.
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 Theatre in 2011.
Rauch co-wrote and co-produced the film The Bronze, in which she starred as Hope Annabelle Greggory, a bronze medal-winning gymnast clinging to her glory days of 12 years earlier. It opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Variety said, "Rauch, who co-wrote the screenplay with her husband Winston, has never carried a film before. But she delivers the best breakthrough comedic performance by an actress since Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids." Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film in September 2015.
Rauch is married to writer Winston Rauch (né Beigel), who collaborated with her on The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and other projects. Rauch announced that she was pregnant on July 11, 2017, and disclosed that she had a miscarriage previously. On December 4, 2017, Rauch announced on Instagram that she had given birth to a girl named Sadie. On May 4, 2020, Rauch announced the birth of their son, Brooks.
Rauch modeled the voice of Bernadette after her parents: the "sweet, high-pitched purr" is modeled after her mother, while the "eerie, haranguing imitation" of Mrs. Wolowitz is modeled after her father. Both are "very different" from Rauch's real voice.
|2009||I Love You, Man||Woman Jogger Yelling at Sidney|
|2009||The Condom Killer||Audra||Short|
|2009||Adventureland||Ryan Reynolds' friend in the diner scene||Uncredited|
|2013||In Lieu of Flowers||Carrie|
|2014||Are You Here||Marie|
|2015||The Bronze||Hope Annabelle Greggory||Also writer|
|2016||Ice Age: Collision Course||Francine (voice)||Cameo|
|2016||Flock of Dudes||Jamie|
|2017||Batman and Harley Quinn||Harley Quinn / Dr. Harleen Quinzel (voice)||Direct-to-video film|
|2019||Ode to Joy||Bethany|
|2019||The Laundromat||Melanie Martin|
|2020||Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!||Gwen the Cat (voice)||Direct-to-video film|
|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)
|2008–2009||Kath & Kim||Tina||Season 1 (recurring; 6 episodes)|
|2009–2019||The Big Bang Theory||Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz||Season 3 (recurring; 5 episodes)|
Season 4–12 (series regular)
|2010||The Office||Cathy Duke||1 episode "The Delivery"|
|2010||True Blood||Summer||Season 3 (recurring; 6 episodes)|
|2010||Wright vs. Wrong||Daisy Cake||TV movie|
|2014||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||First-Mate Mollie (voice)||1 episode|
|2014||Teenage Fairytale Dropouts||Miss Macabre||1 episode|
"Something Wicked This Way Substitutes"
|2014||The Hotwives of Orlando||Calliope||1 episode|
|2015||Sofia the First||Fairy Tizzy (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie||Kiki (voice)||TV Movie|
|2017||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Baby (voice)||1 episode|
|2017||Marvel's Ant-Man||The Wasp (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||Blaze and the Monster Machines||Light Thief (voice)||1 episode|
|2019||Black Monday||Shira||2 episodes|
|2019||Robot Chicken||Betty Spaghetty, Rainbow Brightstar (voices)||1 episode|
|2020||Animaniacs||Marie Antoinette (voice)||1 episode ("France France Revolution")|
|2021||Jeopardy!||Melissa Rauch (voice)||Upcoming 10 episodes for season 38|
|TBA||Night Court||Judge Abby Stone||Upcoming series|
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[Photo caption] Melissa Rauch with parents Susan & David Rauch, younger brother Ben Rauch, and boyfriend Winston Beigel at The Miss Education of Jenna Bush
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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.
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I don’t know if I can blame Melissa Rauch for any of this, but it was not a great introduction for her take on Harley.
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