Melissa Ivy Rauch (born June 23, 1980) is an American actress and comedienne. She is best known for her role as Bernadette Rostenkowski on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Rauch was born in Marlboro, New Jersey, the daughter of Susan and David Rauch. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Rauch is Jewish. While studying, Melissa performed as a stand-up comedian around Manhattan, and soon made a name for herself on the New York City comedy scene with critically acclaimed appearances like her one-woman show called 'The Miss Education of Jenna Bush', in which she portrayed the former President's daughter which played to sold-out audiences.
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