Melissa Ivy Rauch is an American actress and comedian best known for playing Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

She plays Baby in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

Early life

Rauch was born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, to parents Susan and David Rauch. She developed an interest in acting while attending Marlboro High School. Rauch graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2002.


Some of Rauch's early work was as a regular contributor to VH1's Best Week Ever television show.

In 2009, Rauch began playing the recurring role of Bernadette Rostenkowski in the third season of The Big Bang Theory. The following season, Rauch was promoted to a series regular. In December 2011, Rauch and her fellow cast members received the first of four nominations for the [Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Other acting credits of Rauch's include True Blood, The Office, the American remake of the Australian television series Kath & Kim, Wright v Wrong, and the film I Love You, Man.

Rauch is also part of the cast of the comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives with Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Jessica St. Clair, and Danielle Schneider. She also co-wrote and co-produced the film The Bronze, which opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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