Hometown: Marlboro, New Jersey
Birthday: June 23
Melissa is best known for her portrayal of the role of Bernadette on THE BIG BANG THEORY.
On the big screen, her feature film, “The Bronze,” which she starred in, co-wrote and executive produced with her husband, Winston Rauch, was the official opening night film selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Rauch played a bitter former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete star rises in town. Sony Pictures Classics released the film in March 2016.
Recently, Rauch voiced the role of Harley Quinn in the animated feature, “Batman and Harley.” Her additional feature film credits are roles in “I Love You Man,” “Delirious,” “Are You Here,” “Ice Age” and the upcoming comedy “Ode to Joy,” with Martin Freeman.
Rauch’s television career spans such shows as “True Blood,” “The Office,” “Kath & Kim,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Best Week Ever.”
Rauch garnered critical acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of the former president’s daughter in her one-woman stage show, “The Miss Education of Jenna Bush,” which enjoyed runs in New York City and Los Angeles, and was an official selection of the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. The show won top honors in the New York International Fringe Festival, including Outstanding Solo Show and the Audience Favorite Award. Also, Rauch received stellar reviews for her play, “The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka,” which she co-wrote and starred in. In addition, Rauch co-wrote, directed and starred in the short film “The Condom Killer,” a film noir comedic satire, an official selection of the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and the Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival.
Raised in Marlboro, N.J., Rauch received her BFA in acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Currently she resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is June 23. Follow her on Twitter @Melissarauch and Instagram @themelissarauch.