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Melissa Rauch
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Rauch in 2022
Born
Melissa Ivy Rauch

(1980-06-23) June 23, 1980 (age 42)
Alma mater Marymount Manhattan College
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • comedienne
Years active 2006–present
Known for The Big Bang Theory (2009–2019), Best Week Ever (2004-2008), True Blood (2010), The Bronze (2015), Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)
Spouse(s)
Winston Rauch
(m. 2007)
Children 2

Melissa Ivy Rauch (born June 23, 1980) is an American actress, model and comedian. She is known for playing Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for which she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013. From 2004 to 2008, Rauch worked as a regular contributor on the VH1 series Best Week Ever. Rauch's other acting credits include playing Tina on the American remake of Kath & Kim and Summer on the HBO fantasy horror drama True Blood. Rauch also starred in, co-wrote and co-produced the 2015 sports comedy-drama film The Bronze and provided the voice of DC character Harley Quinn in the 2017 animated film Batman and Harley Quinn. Rauch also had supporting roles in I Love You, Man (2009), Ice Age: Collision Course and Flock of Dudes (both 2016), and Ode to Joy and The Laundromat (both 2019).

Early life

Rauch was born to Susan and David Rauch, a Jewish family living in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. She has a younger brother, Ben. She developed an interest in acting while attending Marlboro High School. Her Bat Mitzvah had a “Melissa’s Comedy Club” theme. Rauch graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2002.

Career

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

In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, a co-worker of Penny's at The Cheesecake Factory who began to date Howard Wolowitz, in the third season of TV's The Big Bang Theory. 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.

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.

Rauch co-wrote and co-produced the film The Bronze, in which she starred as Hope Ann Greggory, a bronze medal-winning gymnast clinging to her glory days of 12 years earlier. It opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. 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." Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film in September 2015.

In 2017, Rauch voiced Harley Quinn in the animated film Batman and Harley Quinn and she voiced Light Thief in "Light Riders" from Blaze and the Monster Machines.

In 2021, Rauch will star in the sequel series of Night Court of the same name as Abby Stone and also serve as executive producer.

Personal life

Rauch is married to writer Winston Beigel, who collaborated with her on The Miss Education of Jenna Bush and other projects. Rauch announced that she was pregnant on July 11, 2017, and disclosed that she had a miscarriage previously. On December 4, 2017, Rauch announced on Instagram that she had given birth to a girl named Sadie. On May 4, 2020, Rauch announced the birth of their son, Brooks.

Rauch modeled the voice 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. Both are "very different" from Rauch's real voice.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Delirious Megan
2009 I Love You, Man Woman Jogger Yelling at Sidney
2009 The ... Killer Audra Short
2009 Adventureland Ryan Reynolds' friend in the diner scene Uncredited
2013 In Lieu of Flowers Carrie
2014 Are You Here Marie
2015 The Bronze Hope Ann Greggory Also writer
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Francine (voice) Cameo
2016 Flock of Dudes Jamie
2017 Batman and Harley Quinn Harley Quinn / Dr. Harleen Quinzel (voice) Direct-to-video film
2019 Ode to Joy Bethany
2019 The Laundromat Melanie Martin
2020 Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! Gwen the Cat (voice) Direct-to-video film
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)
2008–2009 Kath & Kim Tina Season 1 (recurring; 6 episodes)
2009–2019 The Big Bang Theory Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz Season 3 (recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4–12 (series regular)
2010 The Office Cathy Duke 1 episode "The Delivery"
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 Miss Macabre 1 episode
"Something Wicked This Way Substitutes"
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Calliope 1 episode
2015 Sofia the First Fairy Tizzy (voice) 2 episodes
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
2017 Blaze and the Monster Machines Light Thief (voice) 1 episode
2019 Black Monday Shira 2 episodes
2019 Robot Chicken Betty Spaghetty, Rainbow Brightstar (voices) 1 episode
2020 Animaniacs Marie Antoinette (voice) 1 episode ("France France Revolution")
2021 Jeopardy! Melissa Rauch (voice) Upcoming 10 episodes for season 38
2022 Firebuds Beth Bayani (voice) 3 episodes
TBA Night Court Judge Abby Stone Upcoming series
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