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Melissa Ivy Rauch (born June 23, 1980)[3] is an American actress and comedian. She is known for playing Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Melissa Rauch
Melissa Rauch - PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Rauch at PaleyFest 2013 for The Big Bang Theory
Born Melissa Ivy Rauch
(1980-06-23) June 23, 1980 (age 37)
Marlboro Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present
Television The Big Bang Theory
Spouse(s) Winston Rauch (né Beigel)[1][2]

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Early lifeEdit

Rauch was born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, to a Jewish family.[4] Her parents are Susan and David Rauch.[5][3] She has a brother, Ben.[3] She developed an interest in acting while attending Marlboro High School.[6] Rauch graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2002.[7]

CareerEdit

Some of Rauch's early work was as a regular contributor to VH1's Best Week Ever television show.[8]

In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette Rostenkowski, a co-worker of Penny who began to date Howard Wolowitz, in the third season of TV's The Big Bang Theory.[9] The following season her character became Howard's fiancée and Rauch was promoted to a series regular. The characters married in the season five finale. In December 2011, Rauch and fellow cast members of The Big Bang Theory received the first of four nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.[10][11][12][13]

Other acting credits include True Blood (on which she had a recurring role in 2010 as Summer, a girl who likes Hoyt), The Office, the American remake of the Australian TV series Kath & Kim, Wright v Wrong, and the film I Love You, Man.

Rauch is also part of the cast of the comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives with Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Jessica St. Clair and Danielle Schneider. The show began running at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2011.[14]

Rauch co-wrote and co-produced the film The Bronze, in which she starred as Hope Annabelle Greggory, a bronze medal-winning gymnast clinging to her glory days of 12 years earlier. It opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[15] Variety said, "Rauch, who co-wrote the screenplay with her husband Winston, has never carried a film before. But she delivers the best breakthrough comedic performance by an actress since Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids."[15] Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film in September 2015.[16]

In 2017, Rauch voiced Harley Quinn in the animated film Batman and Harley Quinn.

Personal lifeEdit

Rauch is married to writer Winston Rauch (né Beigel), who collaborated with her on The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and other projects.[17][18] Rauch announced that she was pregnant on July 11, 2017, and disclosed that she had a miscarriage previously.[19]

Rauch modeled the voices of Bernadette after her parents: the "sweet, high-pitched purr" is modeled after her mother, while the "eerie, haranguing imitation" of Mrs. Wolowitz is modeled after her father.[17] Both are "very different" from Rauch's real voice.[20]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Delirious Megan
2009 I Love You, Man Woman Jogger Yelling at Sidney
2009 The Condom Killer Audra Short
2013 In Lieu of Flowers Carrie
2014 Are You Here Marie
2015 The Bronze Hope Annabelle Greggory Also writer
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Francine (voice)
2016 Flock of Dudes Jamie
2017 Batman and Harley Quinn Harley Quinn (voice) Direct-to-video
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 12 Miles of Bad Road Bethany 3 episodes:
"The Dirty White Girl" (season 1: episode 2)
"Collateral Verbiage" (season 1: episode 4)
"Moonshadow" (season 1: episode 6)
2008–09 Kath & Kim Tina Season 1 (recurring; 6 episodes)
2009–present The Big Bang Theory Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz Season 3 (recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4–present (series regular)
2010 The Office Cathy Duke 1 episode
2010 True Blood Summer Season 3 (recurring; 6 episodes)
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Daisy Cake TV movie
2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates First-Mate Mollie (voice) 1 episode
"Smee-erella"
2014 Teenage Fairytale Dropouts[21] Miss Macabre 1 episode
"Something Wicked This Way Substitutes"
2014 The Hot Housewives of Orlando Calliope 1 episode
2015 Sofia the First Fairy Tizzy (voice) 1 episode[22]
2015 Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie Kiki (voice) TV Movie
2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Baby (voice) 1 episode
2017 Marvel's Ant-Man The Wasp (voice) 2 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harper, Carol (June 6, 2014). "Melissa Rauch movie 'The Bronze' to shoot June 29 in Amherst". Morning Journal. Lisbon, Ohio. Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  2. ^ Hawk, Jason (June 29, 2014). "‘Bronze’ to film downtown". Oberlin News. Archived from the original on July 26, 2016. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "Melissa Rauch: Biography". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2016. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  4. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (November 17, 2011). "Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Five Questions". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Winston Beigel". Broadwayworld.com. August 14, 2005. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2015-02-04. [Photo caption] Melissa Rauch with parents Susan & David Rauch, brother Ben Rauch, and boyfriend Winston Beigel at The Miss Education of Jenna Bush 
  6. ^ Considine, Bob (17 May 2011). "Take Five With Melissa Rauch". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Retrieved 2015-02-04. I also had a terrific theater teacher at Marlboro High School who taught me a great deal and was very encouraging. There wasn't a ton to do in Marlboro, so for me, it was either hang outside the Wawa or put on a show. 
  7. ^ Mead, Wendy. "Melissa Rauch Biography: Television Actress (1980–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Profiles in Panelism: Melissa Rauch". Best Week Ever. 29 May 2008. 
  9. ^ Riley, Jenelle (29 November 2012). "'The Big Bang Theory' Cast On Being Part of an Ensemble". Backstage. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" (Press release). Screen Actors Guild. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  11. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" (Press release). Screen Actors Guild. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" (Press release). Screen Actors Guild. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  13. ^ Johnson, Zach (10 December 2014). "SAG Awards 2015: Complete List of Nominations!". E! News. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  14. ^ Trachta, Ali (29 January 2011). "The Realest Real Housewives at UCB: A Celebration of the Best Show Ever + Paul Scheer". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  15. ^ a b Setoodeh, Ramin (January 23, 2015). "5 Reasons The Bronze Could be a Breakout Comedy in 2015". Variety. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  16. ^ Pedersen, Erik (September 11, 2015). "Ex-Relativity Pic The Bronze Lands at Sony Pictures Classics". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  17. ^ a b Getlen, Larry (March 24, 2013). "Screaming success". New York Post. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (19 August 2005). "Jenna Bush Takes Center Stage in New York". People. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  19. ^ https://www.glamour.com/story/actress-melissa-rauch-announces-pregnancy-and-reflects-on-miscarriage.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Melissa Rauch of Big Bang Theory Does S&M-Inspired Photo Shoot for Maxim". The Huffington Post. November 16, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Ánima Estudios – Mobile Uploads". facebook.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Second Season of Disney Junior's Hit Series "Sofia the First" Debuts Friday, March 7 on Disney Channel". The Futon Critic (Press release). Disney Channel. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 

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