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What do you call the woman with the per­fect hus­band, white picket fence home and a suc­cess­ful business? On dram­edy Di­vorce (2016-cur­rent), she’s called Diane (Molly Shan­non) and her world’s about to be turned on its head thanks to her di­vorc­ing bestie Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker).

Un­like Diane, 52-year-old Molly 1

didn’t have an easy start. When she was four, her 34-year-old teacher mom Mary died in a car crash with her three-year-old sis­ter Katie and 25-yearold cousin. “My mother was killed and my dad James sur­vived. My sis­ter Mary and I sur­vived,” says Molly.

But she used that as in­spi­ra­tion for 2

her work, es­pe­cially in com­edy for her time on sketch com­edy show Satur­day Night Live (1975-cur­rent) from 1995 to 2010. “I know cre­ative things often come out of the most vul­ner­a­ble parts of our past,” she ex­plains. “It gives the view­ers so much joy and laugh­ter. Com­edy was al­ways such a re­lief to me.”

Molly mar­ried artist Fritz Chest­nut 3

in 2004 and they re­cently moved to LA af­ter liv­ing in New York for nine years with their daugh­ter Stella (13) and son Nolan (11).

In­spired by her kids, Molly wrote 4

chil­dren’s book Tilly The Trick­ster in 2011. “My dad pulled pranks and I’ve passed that to my kids. My son put an ice cube un­der my pil­low,” she laughs.

Molly has one strict rule: week­ends 5

are fam­ily time and not for work. And when the kids get into bed, Molly loves binge-watch­ing re­al­ity show The Real Housewives Of Or­ange County (2006-cur­rent) with a bowl of ce­real.

Singer and friend Sheryl Crowe 6

cast Molly in her 1997 video for A Change Would Do You Good. NB! See more on p38.

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