Molly Shannon on Baring All for Her New Memoir and Why ‘The White Lotus’ Was ‘a Dream’

Molly Shannon has never worked with David Mamet, and yet the “Saturday Night Live” alum credits the playwright with her career breakthroughs.In her new book, “Hello, Molly,” Shannon details the so-called “Mamet scam,” in which she and a friend pretended to work for the “Glengarry Glen Ross” director to secure meetings with Hollywood casting agents.

It worked, and ultimately led to Shannon appearing on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.”Shannon parlayed that opportunity into a decades-long career, most recently appearing on “The Other Two,” HBO’s hit anthology series “The White Lotus” and Showtime’s upcoming comedy “I Love That for You.”For Variety’s annual Power of Women issue, Shannon spoke about breaking into show business, her time on “SNL” and knowing when to ignore the “no.”What inspired you to write a memoir?I wanted to share my story and hopefully inspire people.

It was very cathartic writing it.

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