Molly Shannon's Net Worth, Early Life, Career And More!

What Is Molly Shannon’s Net Worth in 2022?

Molly Shannon has an estimated net worth of $8 million as an actress, writer, producer, and comedian in the United States. Shannon is most known for being a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1995 to 2001. She also appeared in the “SNL” spinoff films “A Night at the Roxbury” (1998) and “Superstar” (2001). (1999).

Her performance in the film Other People earned her the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Molly co-wrote and produced “The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!” (2018), in which she co-starred with Will Ferrell, and she also produced “The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish!” (2018). Shannon made her Broadway debut in 2010 with “Promises, Promises,” and in 2011 she wrote “Tilly the Trickster,” a children’s book.

Early Life

Molly Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on September 16, 1964. James, her father, was a sales manager, and Mary (better known as Peg), her mother, was a teacher. Molly’s mother, younger sister, and cousin were murdered in a vehicle accident when she was four years old. Her father was driving the automobile while inebriated, and Molly and her older sister, Mary, resided with their aunt while he recovered in the hospital. Shannon had this to say about the tragedy: “As a child, I was heartbroken and depressed, and I was just trying to keep it all together. You can’t possibly experience that level of grief over your mother and sister’s deaths, so you keep it all inside and deal with it later in life.” Molly went on to create Mary Katherine Gallagher, a popular recurring character on “Saturday Night Live” who channeled her experiences from that time in her life. Shannon attended St. Dominic School and Hawken School before enrolling in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she graduated in 1987.

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Career

Molly made her cinematic debut in the horror adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” in 1989, and she later appeared on “Twin Peaks” as a guest actress in 1991. She guest-starred on “The John Larroquette Show,” “Ellen,” and “Sister, Sister” in 1994, and she appeared in five episodes of the sketch comedy series “In Living Color” from 1992 to 1993. Shannon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in February 1995, and she continued there until 2001, portraying iconic characters such Mary Katherine Gallagher (who had her own film, “Superstar,” in 1999), Sally O’Malley, and Joyologist Helen Madden. On May 12, 2007, Molly returned to host the show. Shannon won a recurring role on “Will and Grace” as Val Bassett in 1999, and she returned her character in the 2018 revival. She starred as Gail von Kleinenstein in the 2001 film “Wet Hot American Summer,” and in the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (2015) and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later,” she reunited with the all-star cast (which included Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Amy Poehler) (2017).

She also guest-starred on “Sex and the City” (2002), “Ed” (2003), and “Scrubs” (2004). (2003). In 2004, she starred as Lesley Shackleton in the Fox series “Cracking Up,” and in 2006, she appeared in the films “Scary Movie 4,” “Marie Antoinette,” “Little Man,” and “Gray Matters,” as well as “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” in which she teamed up with frequent co-star Will Ferrell. She began playing Diane on HBO’s “Divorce,” which aired 24 episodes over three seasons, after receiving critical acclaim for her work in the film “Other People” in 2016.

Shannon starred in “The Little Hours,” “Fun Mom Dinner,” “We Don’t Belong Here,” and “The Layover” in 2017, and then in “Private Life,” “Half Magic,” and “Wild Nights with Emily” (in which she played Emily Dickinson) in 2018. She made her Comedy Central debut in 2019 as Pat Dubek on “The Other Two,” which moved to HBO Max for season two and was renewed for a third season in September 2021. Molly starred in “Horse Girl” and “Promising Young Woman,” both Academy Award Best Picture nominees in 2020, and in two episodes of HBO’s “The White Lotus” in 2021. Shannon was cast alongside Morgan Freeman and Florence Pugh in the Zach Braff-directed drama “A Good Person,” which premiered in September 2021.

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Personal Life

molly shannon and Fritz Chesnut

On May 29, 2004, Molly married artist Fritz Chesnut. In September 2003, they welcomed Stella into the world, and in March 2005, they welcomed their son Nolan. Shannon stated in July 2021 that she was writing a biography titled “Hello, Molly!” and that it would “cover my childhood, my early days in show business, my time at SNL, and beyond,” according to Shannon.

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