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Stirring the Pot: The Ups and Downs of Jenny McCarthy

In spite of her deeply religious Catholic upbringing, Jenny McCarthy made a decision that would change the trajectory of her life forever: She decided to audition for Playboy’s October 1993 issue. Not only did she beat thousands of applicants, but McCarthy also went on to become the magazine’s Playmate of the Year.

Jenny and Donnie posing in ‘80s prom outfits / Donnie and Jenny about to kiss at New Years / Jenny McCarthy holding up a Dunkin Donuts drink / Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg arrive at the 2016 American Music Awards / Jenny McCarthy (L) and Donnie Wahlberg speak onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards

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After realizing that she had what it takes to make it in the spotlight, the Chicago native packed her bags and headed to Hollywood. But while McCarthy had a habit of making everything look picture perfect for the tabloids, little did people know that her life was beginning to crumble. From failed relationships and parenting struggles to finally finding “the one,” this is Jenny McCarthy’s story.