She is a former co-host of the ABC talk show The View.
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Her layout emphasized her Catholic upbringing with a schoolgirl theme.
According to Mc Carthy, the pictorial caused an uproar in her Catholic neighborhood, and resulted in her house being pelted with eggs, her sisters being taunted at school, and Mc Carthy, who counted Catholic nuns among her aunts, being lectured about her future damnation by those close to her.
Mc Carthy once modeled for Candie's, a shoe company.
In one magazine ad, Mc Carthy posed on a toilet seat with her underwear near her ankles.
In 1996 she landed a small part in the comedy The Stupids. The first one was an MTV sketch comedy show The Jenny Mc Carthy Show, which was sufficiently popular for NBC to sign her for an eponymous sitcom later that year, Jenny.