- Name: Molly Ephraim
- Date of Birth: 22 May, 1986
- Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Occupation: Actress
- Nationality: American
- Instagram: @mollyephraim
Molly Ephraim is an American actress who has acted and made appearances in various television shows and movies as well as has been active in regional theater and Broadway productions. She is most popularly known for playing the character of Mandy Baxter in ABC’s sitcom Last Man Standing.
In the world of cinema, she is known for her roles in Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014), among many others. Her journey into acting, however, started when she was quite young. With early involvement in theater, she has been a part of many Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater productions. Since then, there has been no looking back for Molly. She has been seen in various roles in television and films since 2002.
Her net worth now stands at an impressive one million dollars. She is known for her love of dogs and has a pet dog about whom she posts regularly on Instagram. However, not much is known about the star actress’ personal life, which she likes to keep strictly under wraps. Most recently, the media has been abuzz with her absence from the new season of Last Man Standing. Read on to know more.
Early life and Education
It was on 22 May, 1986 that Molly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. She grew up with her parents Nina Zebooker and William Ephraim, and her younger brother Max Ephraim. She dotes on her younger brother as can be seen in some old throwback photos on her Instagram feed.
Although she was born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was here in Bucks County’s Playhouse that she started performing at a very young age. Her passion for theater opened numerous opportunities as she performed continuously for some prestigious theater companies and soon took to Broadway while she was still in her teens.
Molly is an alumnus of Princeton University where she completed her bachelor’s in religious studies. Like a true lover of the arts, she managed to balance her studies with her active engagement with multiple theater companies.
She was also a member of the theater troupe at Princeton University, known as the Triangle Club. What’s prestigious about being a member of this club is that it is the United States’ oldest touring collegiate musical-comedy organization, founded in 1891.
Ephraim’s first start into theater was early when she commenced her life as a young actress at the Bucks County’s Playhouse. She was still in her teens when she started performing professionally with the Prince Music Theater and Arden Theater Company.
She was a part of Prince Music Theater’s production of The Snow Queen when she was 13 years old. She was then nominated for the prestigious Barrymore Award for her performance in Into the Woods by the Arden Theater Company. Her role of Little Red Riding Hood in this play garnered the appreciation of many.
At a tender age of 15, Molly Ephraim made her Broadway debut. It was yet again a musical production of Into the Woods wherein she repeated her splendid performance as Little Red Riding Hood.
She was nominated for a Drama League Award for this role. She continued with her journey in Broadway with her role in a production of Fiddler on the Roof, in 2004. She also has many off-Broadway performances to her credit, such as the End Days, which was performed at the Ensemble Studio Theater.
While Molly Ephraim’s claim to fame is her role of Many Baxter on ABC’s Last Man Standing, she has been seen in popular American television shows like Royal Pains and Law and Order.
She has also appeared in various episodes of American TV shows like Brockmire, Casual, and Hot and Catch Fire. She was also a part of the pilot episodes of two failed shows — The Wonderful Maladys (2010) and Hench at Home (2003).
In Last Man Standing, Molly played the role of one of the daughters of Mike Baxter, the protagonist of the show, played by popular acting star Tim Allen. The show first aired in 2011 and was canceled abruptly after six seasons in 2017. To the sheer joy of many fans, the show was revived in 2018.
Most, however, were shocked and heartbroken to not find Molly Ephraim back in the new season. This absence caused quite a stir in the world of entertainment. Thankfully, there was no dramatic exit behind this absence. It was simply that once the show was canceled in 2017, Molly got many offers and opportunities elsewhere.
By 2018, she was in a binding contract with many other shows and productions, and hence, was not able to make time for the new season of Last Man Standing. The producers of the show replaced her with Molly McCook as the new Mandy Baxter. The posts and comments on her social media showed just how much the audience loved and missed Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter.
Molly made her film acting debut with Disney’s College Road Trip in which she played the character of Wendy Greenhut, an energetic and enthusiastic young woman. She has just graduated from Princeton with a bachelor’s in arts degree in religious studies when she was offered this film.
She is, however, most well known in the film circuit for her portrayal of a young girl in Paranormal Activity 2 (2010). She also appeared in the 2014 spin-off version, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.With a focus on theater and television, Molly has not starred in many films. She was, however, recently seen in The Front Runner, a political drama which was released in 2018. She was in a supporting role and played the character of Irene Kelly.