Molly Shannon

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Molly Shannon

Born

9/16/1964, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Birth Name

Molly Helen Shannon

Gender

Female
7.9
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Biography

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Molly Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She was in a car crash at age 4 that killed her 34 year old mother, her 3 year old sister, and a 25 year old cousin. Her mother, Peg Shannon, was a teacher, and her father, James F. Shannon,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Molly grew up in the same neighborhood as fellow actors Paul Newman, Fred Willard and David Wain.

    • In 2000, Molly was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Saturday Night Live in the category of Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

    • In 2000, Molly was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the category of Favorite Actress - Comedy for her role as Mary Katherine Gallagher in the 1999 film Superstar.

    • Molly passed Victoria Jackson as the longest female cast member when she left SNL in 2001.

    • Molly played Monica Lewinsky on SNL with the real Monica Lewinsky after the Presidential sex scandal.

    • Molly replaced the departing Janeane Garofalo on Saturday Night Live.

    • Molly's most famous character is the catholic school girl, Mary Catherine Gallagher. She wears her trademark plaid catholic uniform skirt, black horn rimmed glasses, and is known for rubbing her fingers under her armpits, and smelling them.

    • Molly went to college at BFA Drama, New York University, and graduated in 1987.

    • Molly appeared in the 1989 big screen adaptation of Phantom Of The Opera before her SNL career got started.

    • Molly had her wedding dress designed and made by Dale Richards, the department head of wardrobe at SNL.

    • Molly has an uncredited role in the movie Shallow Hal, as Hal's mother.

    • Molly graduated from Hawken high school in Chesterland, Ohio in June of 1983.

    • Shannon brought her famous SNL character to life as Mary Katherine Gallagher in Superstar. In this 1999 flick she starred opposite Will Ferrell.

    • Molly had a role as Emily Sanderson in fellow SNL alumni Chris Kattan's and Will Ferrel's 1998 movie A Night At The Roxbury.

    • Molly married Fritz Chesnut on May 29, 2004.

    • Molly gave birth to daughter Stella Shannon Chesnut in September 2003.

  • Quotes

    • Molly: I was a leader in grade school, because I went to a small Catholic school. I bossed the girls around. I was very nice, but I was the leader. I'd say 'We're going to play house and I'm going to be the mother, you're going to be the other mother, we're going to pick our kids'. Everybody wanted to be in my family 'cause I was the best mother. In high school, things changed, I wasn't so popular.

    • Molly: I went to an academically competitive prep school, where the kids all knew one another. It was sort of tough. I didn't really fit in, I used to get obsessed with guys who were unavailable. It was sort of a hard, dark, time for me.

    • Molly: I was so honored when Lorne Michaels asked me to do a SNL movie, that I said yes immediately, without even knowing anything at all about the project!

    • Molly: I'm in no way one of those comedians who want to do drama. I really love comedies, I hope to get back to it.

    • Molly: Saturday Night Live is not a boy's club at all. I haven't had that experience. It is a tough place for men and women, if you don't have your own charcaters, they'll eat you alive. They don't care if you are a man or a woman, I'll defend that till the day I die.

    • Molly: After my mother was killed, I withdrew into a different realm, where I made up friends that understood. After awhile I stopped using them, but they were a huge part of the healing process.

    • Molly: There is an amazing feeling of family on SNL. The castmates take on the feel of your brothers and sisters, and are there to help with the sketches that aren't going so well. They are the ones that laugh their butts off at the end of a great joke as well.

    • Molly: I used to waitress, and when I would get a grumpy couple, I would go into one of my characters to try out the laugh factor. Sometimes it worked, and broke the ice, sometimes I was left with no tip at all.

    • Molly: Making How The Grinch Stole Christmas was a utopian experiance. I was surrounded by so much talent, it is more of an ensemble than a movie, Ron Howard is a creative genius.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Thanks

    10
    God Bless you.
  • Superstar!

    7.5
    Molly Shannon, - One of the funniest people to grace the screen of SNL, or almost one of the funniest. Molly joined the cast in 1995 and stayed with the show for almost 7 years. Leaving to do, well nothing. Her most famous character would have to be Mary Katherine Gallagher. She found some success with the film Superstar and following projects, but not a break out star like Ferrell. With the failed show Kath and Kim, i still have high hopes for Molly as she is really funny but yet has not found her way after leaving SNL. I wish the best of luck to hermoreless