Melissa McCarthy is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and fashion designer who was born on August 26, 1970.
She has won several awards, including two Primetime Emmys and nominations for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards
McCarthy was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, and she has been in annual lists of the world’s highest-paid actresses on several occasions.
She was named #22 in The New York Times’ list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the Twenty-First Century in 2020.
McCarthy began acting in television and cinema in the late 1990s, and she is best known for her role as Sookie St. James on the Gilmore Girls (2000–2007) television series.
She starred as Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009 before moving to CBS to play Molly Flynn on Mike & Molly from 2010 to 2016, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011.
McCarthy won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 for her work as a host on Saturday Night Live.
McCarthy received great acclaim for her role in the comedy Bridesmaids (2011), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Identity Thief (2013), The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014), St. Vincent (2014), Spy (2015), and The Boss (2015) were among her commercially successful comedies (2016).
McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lee Israel in the biographical film Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), following a string of failed comedies.
McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, are the co-founders of On the Day Productions, a comedic production firm with which they have worked on various projects.
Melissa McCarthy Seven7, her plus-size apparel business, was established in 2015, and she was honoured with a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Melissa Ann McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois on August 26, 1970 to Sandra and Michael McCarthy.
Jenny McCarthy, an actress and model, and Joanne McCarthy, a professional basketball player, are her cousins.
McCarthy was up in a large Catholic family on a farm.
Her father is of Irish origin, and her mother is English, German, and Irish. County Cork had some of her ancestors.
She attended St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois, and graduated with honours.
Her stand-up comedy career began in Los Angeles and then moved to New York City.
McCarthy is a member of The Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy ensemble.
She also appeared as a drag queen in New York City under the stage name Miss Y, including at the Wigstock event.
Early work, Gilmore Girls, and Samantha Who? Career 1997–2010: Early work, Gilmore Girls, and Samantha Who?
McCarthy had her first appearance on television in an episode of the NBC comedy Jenny, in which she starred alongside her cousin Jenny McCarthy.
She had tiny appearances in Drowning Mona, Disney’s The Kid, Charlie’s Angels, The Third Wheel, and The Life of David Gale before making her feature picture debut in the 1999 comedy Go.
She also voiced DNAmy in three episodes of Kim Possible. McCarthy was cast as Sookie St. James, Lorelai Gilmore’s cheery and klutzy best friend, in The WB television series Gilmore Girls in 2000.
Sookie is Lorelai’s business partner and cheerleader throughout the series.
McCarthy revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 7, 2016, that she would be returning for the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
McCarthy appears in one of the four episodes of the latter, which was released on November 25, 2016.
In 2007, she played alongside Ryan Reynolds in John August’s scientific fantasy psychological thriller The Nines, which he wrote and directed.
She went on to star in independent films such as The Captain, Just Add Water, and Pretty Ugly People.
McCarthy also starred as Dena Stevens on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? in 2007.
Samantha’s socially awkward childhood best friend, McCarthy, was played by McCarthy, who Samantha hasn’t seen since seventh school.
Dena persuades Samantha to believe that they have always been close friends when she awakens from her coma.
Samantha keeps her friendship with Dena even after Andrea pressures her to tell the truth.
Rita Rocks and Private Practice both had her as a guest star. McCarthy appeared in the films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It in 2010.
Mike and Molly, Bridesmaids and Success McCarthy in 2012, 2011–2015
McCarthy was cast in a prominent role on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly on September 20, 2010.
McCarthy made her film debut in Bridesmaids in 2011, starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper.
McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.
She won her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Mike & Molly in the fall of 2011, after becoming famous thanks to Bridesmaids.
She hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in June 2011.
McCarthy went on to play supporting roles in The Hangover Part III and This Is 40 (2012), a spinoff of Judd Apatow’s comedy Knocked Up (2013).
In June 2012, she was one of 175 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
On October 1, 2011, April 6, 2013, February 1, 2014, February 13, 2016, and May 12, 2017, McCarthy presented Saturday Night Live.
For her appearances on the television show from 2011 to 2017, she was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2017.
McCarthy appears alongside Jason Bateman in the criminal comedy Identity Thief in 2013.
Despite unfavourable reviews, Identity Thief debuted at #1 at the box office and grossed $174 million worldwide.
McCarthy appears alongside Sandra Bullock in the buddy police comedy The Heat in 2013.
On June 28, 2013, the film was released in the United States and Canada to critical and economic acclaim.
The Heat grossed $229 million worldwide, with McCarthy dubbed “box office gold.”
McCarthy collaborated on the screenplay for Tammy, which was released on July 2, 2014.
McCarthy’s character loses her job and car, then discovers that her spouse is cheating.
As they go on a voyage of self-discovery, she is forced to rely on her alcoholic grandma (Susan Sarandon) for transportation.
McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, featured in a CBS pilot that she produced.
McCarthy starred alongside Bill Murray in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy picture St. Vincent, which was directed and written by him.
McCarthy was cast as Tinker Bell, a fairy heroine, in the unnamed comedy-adventure directed by Shawn Levy on November 19, 2014.
She would also serve as the film’s producer. McCarthy also starred as the lead in Paul Feig’s spy comedy Spy (2015), earning McCarthy her first Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
McCarthy was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2015.
With earnings of $23 million in August 2015, Forbes listed her as the third highest-paid actress of the year.
2016–present: Dramatic parts and honourable mentions
McCarthy starred in The Boss in 2016, a comedy film based on a character developed by McCarthy in the Los Angeles Groundlings – a wealthy businesswoman “who goes to jail for insider trading and attempts to recast herself as America’s new darling when she’s released.”
In the same year, she starred as an author and scientist in Paul Feig’s all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.
McCarthy was cast as celebrity biographer Lee Israel in Marielle Heller’s dark comedy-drama film Can You Ever Forgive Me? on May 31, 2016
. Julianne Moore, who had dropped out of the project, was replaced by her.
McCarthy’s portrayal of Lee won critical acclaim, with Film Journal International stating that her prior roles “could not have predicted how boldly and realistically she embodies Lee Israel.”
She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She collaborated with Barbra Streisand on the song “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” in 2016, which was released on Streisand’s album Encore.
She made unexpected appearances on Saturday Night Live as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on February 4 and 11, 2017.
On April 16 and 13, 2017, she returned to the show to reprise her role as Spicer (also hosting the latter).
McCarthy starred in a Kia Motors Super Bowl LI commercial promoting the Kia Niro.
McCarthy portrayed a would-be environmentalist who encounters a series of misfortunes, including being capsized by a whale, getting charged by a rhino, and falling into a chasm.
The song “Holding Out for a Hero” was utilised in the commercial.
McCarthy was in talks to portray Ursula in the next live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which will be directed by Rob Marshall.
McCarthy was in talks to play Ursula in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which will be directed by Rob Marshall.
McCarthy revealed her selection as the villain during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 18, 2020.
McCarthy married her longtime lover, actor and Groundlings alumnus Ben Falcone, on October 8, 2005.
Vivian and Georgette are the couple’s two daughters. McCarthy’s pregnancy with Vivian was inserted into Gilmore Girls’ final season.
Both Vivian and Georgette appeared in the 2016 film The Boss, with Vivian portraying a younger version of her mother’s character.
McCarthy’s films and TV shows frequently feature Falcone, including a third-season episode of Gilmore Girls, The Nines, Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy, Identity Thief, Spy, The Boss, Life of the Party, The Happytime Murders, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?
McCarthy stated in the April 2021 issue of Instyle that “[she’s] on the left for sure” politically.
McCarthy joined Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s 40×40 campaign in August 2021 to commemorate her 40th birthday.
40×40 is a global movement that urges people to dedicate 40 minutes of their time to mentoring women who are reentering the workforce and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate economic impact on women.
McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, formed the production firm On the Day Productions in 2013.
The company’s first endeavour was Tammy. The movie cost $20 million to make.
Line of clothing
McCarthy, who studied Textiles at Southern Illinois University before pursuing a career in acting, was originally interested in a career in fashion.
She came to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology when she initially arrived.
Brian Atwood, a shoe designer, is one of her closest pals. McCarthy also worked as a costume designer for a dance company.
Following the success of her films, she partnered with Sunrise Brands to create Melissa McCarthy Seven7, her first clothing line for plus-size women. Clothing will be available in sizes up to 28.
According to McCarthy, “People don’t stop at size 12 when it comes to clothing.
I feel like there’s a major flaw in the system where you can’t dress for your mood above a certain point.
Malls separate “plus-size” clothing businesses from the rest of the mall and keep them hidden.”
Seven7, her fashion line, debuted on the Home Shopping Network in August 2015, with aspirations to sell her creations in major retailers.