In her surprising memoir, actress reveals her journey from devout Catholic to Playboy Playmate. All rights reserved. Jenny McCarthy wears a lot of hats. But before she was a blonde bombshell, McCarthy had a devout Catholic upbringing and even dreamed of becoming a nun. Jenny McCarthy was born and raised in a polish neighborhood on Chicago's south side. Shown here is McCarthy as a third grader with her grandparents on the day of her first Holy Communion.
The actress, mother of one and ardent anti-vaccine lobbyist , first stripped for the pages of Playboy in -- landing her the title of Playmate of the Month, and later received the Playmate of the Year award. McCarthy has never had any issues taking her clothes off, but she tells People magazine she's "really proud" of the eight-page pictorial shot by photographer Steve Shaw. They could be out of W magazine. They're really elegant. It's probably a lot more sophisticated than a lot of the stuff you'd see of people with their clothes on," she explained.
She began her career in as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy has written several books about parenting and has promoted research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism. She has promoted the disproven idea that vaccines cause autism ,   and she believes that chelation therapy , a quack remedy for autism, helped cure her son of autism.