9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Melissa Rauch

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Melissa Rauch has become a household name thanks to her scene-stealing performance as Bernadette Rosteknkowski- Wolowitz in The Big Bang Theory. While Rauch may be small, she is a force to be reckoned with thanks to her talent and amazing humor, all of which has made her one of the most beloved characters introduced to the show over its 10 season run. As it turns out, Rauch is in some ways very much like her on-screen character, and in other ways nothing like Bernadette! Here are 9 things you didn’t know about the talented actress:

9. Being a Waitress

Before she was finding success on one of TV’s biggest sitcoms ever, Rauch was living in New Jersey and was making ends meet by working as a waitress. She revealed that her very first job was at a sports bar called Johnny Rockets, and joked, “I was kind of like the Rhea Perlman of the bar. I was like ‘Carla’ on Cheers. People were more afraid of me. There was a point where I got a little surly. There were only so many chicken wings I could serve before losing the smile on my face.”

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8. Early Life

Melissa Ivy Rauch was born on June 23, 1980 in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, to Susan and David Rauch. Rauch attended Frank Defino Central Elementary School, and then Marlboro High School. After graduation she attended Maymount Manhattan College in New York City where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Although she often doesn’t talk about her religion, she was raised in a Jewish household, and did joke about her beliefs when discussing waiting for Big Bang Theory scripts. “I was waiting on my doorstep for the first script to arrive, like it was Christmas morning! Not that I celebrate, or anything but if this little Jewish girl knew what Christmas felt like, I’m sure it would be very close.”

A little message from 9 year old me #TBT

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