Shannon received rave reviews for her portrayal of Joanne, a mother who is struggling with terminal cancer whose son moves home to take care of her. The eight-episode series serves as a prequel to the cult comedy classic film of the same name, which Shannon also starred in. The book tells the tale of Tilly, "a mischief maker of the best kind-one who learns her lesson but never lets the reader stop having fun.
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Another Saturday Night Live cast member who has taken her act to the big screen, Molly Shannon is probably best known to TV and film audiences as Mary Katherine Gallagher, the hapless, armpit-sniffing Catholic school girl she originated on SNL and then brought to multiplexes everywhere as the heroine of Superstar. Born in Shaker Heights, a posh suburb of Cleveland, on September 16, , Shannon developed a proclivity for performing at an early age and dreamt of being famous. After receiving a Catholic school education, she earned a B. Armed with her diploma, she headed West to L. Although she occasionally found bit parts in film and on such TV series as Seinfeld, Shannon mainly supported herself with odd jobs and waitressing. Finally, in , she got her big break when she won a spot on Saturday Night Live. After making her debut during the season, Shannon became exceedingly popular with audiences, thanks to her impersonations of the likes of Monica Lewinsky, and Courtney Love. The film earned drastically mixed reviews, although it did fare somewhat better than any number of other SNL film adaptations. View All Photos
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Molly Helen Shannon born September 16, is an American actress and comedian who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from to Her voice can also be heard in the animated films Igor and the Hotel Transylvania film series She auditioned for her first big film role and was cast, playing the supporting part of Meg in the horror film remake of The Phantom of the Opera , with Robert Englund. Shannon's major break came in February , when she was hired as a featured player on Saturday Night Live to replace Janeane Garofalo after Garofalo left mid-season due to creative differences. She appeared in a episode of Seinfeld titled " The Summer of George ," where she played Sam, the co-worker who drove Elaine Benes crazy because she did not swing her arms while walking. She also appeared in Sex and the City in a number of episodes. In Shannon starred in Superstar , a feature film based on her most famous SNL character, Mary Katherine Gallagher , the awkward Catholic school student who aspires to be a musical superstar. That same year, she guest starred in an episode of Scrubs and starred as Mrs.