Molly Shannon landing a role in “Marie Antoinette” for acclaimed director Sophia Coppola


2005 was a busy year for Ms. Shannon. The year started off with Molly landing a role in “Marie Antoinette” for acclaimed director Sophia Coppola. She recently wrapped production on the films “High, Wide and Handsome,” opposite her “Saturday Night Live” costar Will Ferrel and the independent features, “Shut Up & Sing” and “Gray Matters,” starring opposite Heather Graham.

Shannon’s other film credits include Miramax’s romantic comedy, “Serendipity,” opposite John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, “Osmosis Jones,” the animated comedy co-starring Bill Murray and Chris Elliot, and the independent feature film, “Wet Hot American Summer,” opposite Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde-Pierce. Molly also appeared in a cameo role opposite Tim Allen in Disney’s “The Santa Clause 2.”

Among her most memorable moments on film, Molly portrayed Betty Lou Who in Ron Howard’s worldwide blockbuster, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” for Universal, and tackled the title role in Paramount’s hit comedy, “Superstar,” portraying everybody’s favorite Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, a character Molly created in her days on “SNL.” Molly’s additional credits include, “A Night at the Roxbury,” “Analyze This,” “Happiness,” and “Never Been Kissed.”

Additionally, Molly Shannon spent six seasons as a member of “Saturday Night Live,” primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher, Helen Madden and Sally O’Mally. She is also praised for her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky, and “The View’s” Meredith Vieira.

Her television credits include multiple guest appearances on “Will & Grace” and “Sex and the City,” among many others.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Molly earned a BFA in drama from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in New York with her family.

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