Molly Shannon rose to fame as a comedian in the ’90s Saturday night live. Since then, she has kept making people laugh with various roles in TV shows and films.
Perhaps Shannon’s career will come as no surprise to those who knew her as a child. The now 58-year-old once found herself in some sort of sitcom plot sneaking onto a plane at the age of 12.
Shannon’s childhood wasn’t always bright and happy. The actress met tragedy when she lost her mother and sister at the age of four because her father was drunk driving.
“I was very heartbroken and very sad and just trying to hold everything together as a kid,” she told the LA Times in 2021. “There’s no way you could feel that kind of deep pain that your mother and sister are dead , so you just keep it all with you and it will come out later in life.”
Speaking to the NY Post in 2008, Shannon also said, “It knocks the rug out from under you. But it also gives you compassion for other people and a deeper understanding of loss, suffering and abandonment.”
A Cleveland native, he found healing in acting and comedy. As a child, she participated in theater and enjoyed the love she received from her fellow actors.
on Saturday night live, Shannon often played the character Mary Katherine Gallagher, an unpopular and clumsy student at a Catholic school. The character, which Shannon created while attending New York University, was based on her own teenage self.
“[She] was really based on how I felt after the accident – very nervous, accident prone, wanting to please, screwing up but full of hope,” Shannon told the LA Times. “I just exaggerated everything I felt as a little girl and turned it into a character.”
In the ’70s, when Shannon was 12, she and a friend decided to sneak on a plane. Her father didn’t stop her. Shannon explained, “He looked at it like an adventure — like, ‘See if you can get away with this.'”
The two girls walked to the gates in leotards and managed to catch a flight to New York City. “It really was the greatest day of my life,” she recalls.
since i left SNL In 2001, Shannon appeared in various films and television shows. Since 2019, she has starred in the HBO Max comedy series as Pat Dubek, the matriarch of the Dubek family The other two.
In 2021, she appeared in the first season of The White Lotus. She did an excellent job of playing Kitty Patton, the overbearing mother of Jake Lacy’s character, Shane Patton.
In 2022, Shannon had a starring role as Jackie Stilton on the series i love this for you. She acted alongside guy SNL Former Vanessa Bayer. Additionally, fans can read about Shannon’s life in her 2022 memoir. Hello Molly!