Molly Shannon has successfully become one of Hollywoods most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen. Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Mary Margaret (Keating), a teacher, and James Francis Shannon, a sales manager.
Molly Shannon has successfully become one of Hollywoods most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen. Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Mary Margaret (Keating), a teacher, and James Francis Shannon, a sales manager. Her parents were both of Irish descent. She earned a BFA in drama from New York Universitys prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to joining SNL, Molly appeared at The Up Front Comedy Theater in Los Angeles in The Rob and Molly Show, an improvisational show she co-wrote with Rob Muir. Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live (1975), primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally OMalley. She is also praised for her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky and Meredith Vieira. Shannon starred as Betty Lou Who in Ron Howards worldwide blockbuster, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000); and the title role in Paramounts hit comedy, Superstar (1999), portraying everybodys favorite Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher. Additionally, she also starred in the following feature films: A Night at the Roxbury (1998), a spin-off of the popular head-bopping, nightclubbing brothers on Saturday Night Live (1975); Warner Bros. comedy, Analyze This (1999), opposite Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; Todd Solondzs controversial Happiness (1998); and Fox 2000s Never Been Kissed (1999), opposite Drew Barrymore; Good Boy! (2003), a CGI-animated live-action comedy; My Bosss Daughter (2003) with Ashton Kutcher; Miramaxs romantic comedy, Serendipity (2001), opposite John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale; Osmosis Jones (2001), the animated comedy co-starring Bill Murray; the independent feature film, Wet Hot American Summer (2001), opposite Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce; and a featured cameo opposite Tim Allen in Disneys The Santa Clause 2 (2002). Shannons recent film credits include a cameo in Evan Almighty (2007), the sequel to the hilarious comedy, Bruce Almighty (2003), opposite Steve Carell; Keenen Ivory Wayans Littleman (2006); Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) with Will Ferrell and an appearance in the box-office smash hit, Scary Movie 4 (2006).