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Jenny McCarthy

"The onetime Playboy model, former MTV comedy star, and face of autism is dead serious about empowering parents to take charge of their kids' health...For all her on-camera bombast and her outspoken crusade to link autism and vaccinations, the actress, author, and mother (of son Evan, 7, who was diagnosed with autism at 2 1/2) is entirely reasonable in person -- not to mention wildly articulate -- no matter which side of the vaccination debate you're on..."

- Cookie Magazine, Cover Story, 2009

"When McCarthy meets a mom, when she spits forth a stream of profanity and common sense -- the foulmouthed comedian from Chicago never far from the surface -- she is there as a mother, not as a celebrity or starlet. That's what got her there, but that's not who she is once she's there. She speaks to so many frustrated, despairing mothers of autistic children because she is plausible, authentic. If you needed a woman to bring hope to these mothers, you couldn't ask for better casting than Jenny McCarthy."

- Time Magazine, Who’s afraid of Jenny McCarthy?

 

Jenny McCarthy burst on the scene in a September 2007 appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the autism world has never been the same. Her personal story of her son Evan’s descent into autism and ultimate recovery crashed Oprah’s servers as thousands of moms and dads around the country jumped online to tell the similar stories of their own children. Through meeting thousands of parents around the country, Jenny quickly came to a realization: her story is the same story being told in neighborhoods all over America. The reason Jenny resonates with so many is because she speaks a simple truth.

From Oprah.com:

If your child stopped speaking, wouldn't look you in the eye and completely ignored the world around them, what would you do? In her new book, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, actress Jenny McCarthy shares her emotional story of diagnosis, hope, faith and recovery -- a journey many thousands of parents now face.

In 2002, Jenny gave birth to a beautiful baby boy she named Evan. As an infant, Evan was full of life, making eye contact and smiling, but soon things started to change. "God was giving me many hints about my son, and I didn't quite see them," she says. "So I know that he had to wake me up with two really big ones."

Jenny says the first of those "big hints" came on a typical morning when Evan was 2 1/2 years old. When Evan, who usually got up at 7 a.m., wasn't stirring by 7:45 a.m. Jenny knew something was wrong. She ran to the nursery. "I open the door and run to his crib and I find him in his crib, convulsing, struggling to breathe, his eyeballs rolled to the back of his head," she says. "I picked him up and I started screaming at the top of my lungs...the paramedics came, and it took about 20 minutes for the seizure to stop." Read Jenny’s full story here.

Books:

Jenny is the author of three New York Times best-selling books on autism.

  1. Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
    by Jenny McCarthy
  2. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
    by Jenny McCarthy
  3. Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide
    by Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel

Note: For signed copies of Jenny’s books, please check out our shopping section.

TV Appearances

Many of Jenny’s Television appearances have been placed on Youtube by third parties. We have provided a quick sample here of some of our favorites.

  1. Jenny on Oprah Part I, Part II, and Part III
  2. Jenny on Larry King Live here and complete transcript here
  3. Jenny’s photoshoot video from People Magazine here
  4. Jenny on CNN American Morning here
  5. Jenny on The Doctors Part I, Part II
  6. Jenny on Ellen here
  7. Jenny leaves the CDC a voicemail here

Cover Stories & Articles

  1. Cover Story: People Magazine: A Story of Hope
  2. Cover Story: Cookie Magazine: Jenny McCarthy
  3. CNN.com: My son’s recovery from autism
  4. Time Magazine: Who’s afraid of Jenny McCarthy?
  5. Huffington Post: Jenny McCarthy’s autism crusade: healing, hope...and controversy
  6. Time Magazine: Jenny on Autism and Vaccines
  7. CNN.com: The day I heard my son had autism
 

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