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Jenny McCarthy: Career retrospective

Jenny McCarthy
From Jenny McCarthy’s beginnings as a Playboy Playmate to her movie and TV roles, see how the 41-year-old has evolved in her career, love life and personal interests.  (Los Angeles Times)
Jenny McCarthy | July 1996
Jenny McCarthy waved buh-bye to her Chicago hometown when she landed the cover of Playboy magazine in October 1993. She initially approached the magazine. A year later, she was crowned the 1994 Playmate of the Year.  (I.D. Records)
Jenny McCarthy | March 1997
In 1995, McCarthy’s wish to make it big in Hollywood came true. She became co-host of MTV’s dating game show “Singled Out” and hosted 130 episodes before moving on. Here, McCarthy walks the red carpet at the 69th Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in March 1997.  (Los Angeles Times)
Jenny McCarthy | December 1999
In 1999, McCarthy appeared in director John Asher’s comedy film “Diamonds,” with costar Corbin Allred. She and Asher tied the knot the year they met and welcomed baby boy Evan Joseph Asher three years later.  (Melissa Moseley / Miramax Films Release)
Jenny McCarthy | September 2005
McCarthy added mini-role after mini-role on her resume when she was featured in several TV series, including “Less Than Perfect,” “One on One” and “Hope & Faith.” She landed the starring role in the 2005 chick flick “Dirty Love,” alongside Carmen Electra, left, and Kam Heskin.  (First Look Media)
Jenny McCarthy | July 2007
McCarthy began dating comedian Jim Carrey in December 2005, about the time of her divorce from Asher, but the pair kept their relationship under wraps until the summer of 2006. The couple called it quits in 2010.  (Rene Macura / Associated Press)
Jenny McCarthy | October 2012
On what seemed like a motherhood book spree, McCarthy published her fifth book in 2007, “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism.” Her outspoken belief that vaccines cause autism and her encouragement of parents to resist vaccinations for their children have proved polarizing.  (Plume)
Jenny McCarthy | November 2012
McCarthy plants a kiss on teen heartthrob Justin Bieber at the 2012 American Music Awards. By this time, she had a few relationships that didn’t last very long: one with Boston-based sports agent Paul Krepelka and another with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.  (Matt Sayles / Invision/AP)
Jenny McCarthy | May 2013
Putting her comedic skills to the test, McCarthy began hosting “The Jenny McCarthy Show” on VH1. It was a pop-culture talk show featuring guests such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Lil Jon and Bar Refaeli. McCarthy is shown here with Philippe Dauman, chief executive of Viacom Inc.  (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images)
Jenny McCarthy | July 2013
McCarthy joined ABC’s weekday talk show “The View” as a co-host following the exits of conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck and liberal Joy Behar. McCarthy made 17 appearances and acted as a guest co-host eight times before her full-time gig.  (Donna Svennevik / Associated Press)
Jenny McCarthy | April 2014
In April 2014, McCarthy announced that she and boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg were engaged. McCarthy showed off her sapphire diamond ring on “The View” and revealed that her son, Evan, helped Wahlberg with the proposal.  (Heidi Gutman / ABC)
Jenny McCarthy | June 2014
When “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd announced she’d be leaving the show, McCarthy said she’d go too. In an interview with Howard Stern, McCarthy said she was “lucky” to have the gig, but that she didn’t fit in.  (Fred Lee / ABC)
Jenny McCarthy | July 2014
McCarthy will move on from “The View” with a live, weekly radio show called “Dirty, Sexy Funny With Jenny McCarthy.” “It’s no secret that I love to talk. I’m excited to do it on SiriusXM without having to interrupt anyone or keep things clean,” she said in a statement.  (Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images)