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 35)
Marlboro Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Winston Rauch (né Beigel)[1][2]

Melissa Ivy Rauch (/ˈrʃ/;[3] born June 23, 1980) is an American actress and comedienne. 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]


Some of Rauch's early work was as a regular contributor to VH1's Best Week Ever television show.[8]

In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette Rostenkowski, a co-worker of Penny who began to date 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 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.[10][11][12][13]

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 Theater in 2011.[14]

In 2013, Rauch posed for an "S&M-inspired" photoshoot that was published in Maxim magazine.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Rauch is married to writer Winston Rauch (né Beigel), who collaborated with her on The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and other projects.[16][17] Rauch modeled the voices 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.[16] Both are "very different" from Rauch's real voice.[15]


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 Marie
2015 The Bronze Hope Annabelle Greggory Also writer
Completed but unreleased
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 Jake and the Never Land Pirates First-Mate Mollie (voice) 1 episode
2014 Teenage Fairytale Dropouts[18] Miss Macabre 1 episode
"Something Wicked This Way Substitutes"
2015 Sofia the First Tizzy (voice) 1 episode[19]


  1. ^ Harper, Carol (6 June 2014). "Melissa Rauch movie 'The Bronze' to shoot June 29 in Amherst". Morning Journal (Lisbon, Ohio). Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  2. ^ Hawk, Jason (9 June 2014). "‘Bronze’ to film downtown". Oberlin News. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  3. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (17 November 2011). "Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Five Questions". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Melissa Rauch: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Winston Beigel". 14 August 2005. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  6. ^ Considine, Bob (17 May 2011). "Take Five With Melissa Rauch". The Star-Ledger (Newark). Retrieved 2015-02-04. 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. ^ "Halftime Report: Melissa Rauch Defends Her Box". Best Week Ever. 28 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Profiles in Panelism: Melissa Rauch". Best Week Ever. 29 May 2008. 
  9. ^ Riley, Jenelle (29 November 2012). "'The Big Bang Theory' Cast On Being Part of an Ensemble". Backstage. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" (Press release). Screen Actors Guild. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  11. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" (Press release). Screen Actors Guild. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" (Press release). Screen Actors Guild. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  13. ^ Johnson, Zach (10 December 2014). "SAG Awards 2015: Complete List of Nominations!". E! News. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  14. ^ Trachta, Ali (29 January 2011). "The Realest Real Housewives at UCB: A Celebration of the Best Show Ever + Paul Scheer". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  15. ^ a b "Melissa Rauch Of 'Big Bang Theory' Does S&M-Inspired Photo Shoot For Maxim". The Huffington Post. November 16, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Getlen, Larry (March 24, 2013). "Screaming success". NY Post. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (19 August 2005). "Jenna Bush Takes Center Stage in New York". People. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  18. ^ "Ánima Estudios - Mobile Uploads - Facebook". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Second Season of Disney Junior's Hit Series "Sofia the First" Debuts Friday, March 7 on Disney Channel". The Futon Critic (Press release). Disney Channel. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 

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