Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy 2012 (Straighten Crop).jpg
McCarthy in September 2012
BornMelissa Ann McCarthy
(1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 44)[1]
Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian, writer, producer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Ben Falcone (m. 2005)
RelativesJenny McCarthy (cousin), Joanne McCarthy (cousin)
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Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy 2012 (Straighten Crop).jpg
McCarthy in September 2012
BornMelissa Ann McCarthy
(1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 44)[1]
Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian, writer, producer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Ben Falcone (m. 2005)
RelativesJenny McCarthy (cousin), Joanne McCarthy (cousin)

Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer.

McCarthy first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James on the television series Gilmore Girls. She worked in this supporting role from 2000 to 2007. On the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? she portrayed Dena from 2007 to 2009. McCarthy was then cast as Molly Flynn-Biggs on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, a role that earned her an Emmy Award,[2] as well as two other nominations. McCarthy has also been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work as host on Saturday Night Live three years consecutively.

McCarthy achieved major success and fame for her breakthrough film role as Megan Price in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids, which garnered her numerous award nominations including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[3] In 2013, she co-starred in the films Identity Thief and The Heat. She also appeared in the films The Nines, The Back-up Plan, Life as We Know It, and The Hangover Part III. In 2014, McCarthy starred in Tammy, and has a dramatic role in upcoming comedy-drama film St. Vincent.[4] McCarthy also set to star in upcoming action comedy Spy, which scheduled for a May 22, 2015 release. She is the founder of the production company On the Day with her husband Ben Falcone.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Ann McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois,[5] the daughter of Sandra and Michael McCarthy.[6][7] She is a cousin of actress/model Jenny McCarthy.[8] McCarthy was raised on a farm, in a "big, Irish-Catholic family".[9][10] Some of her ancestors were from County Cork.[11] She graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois.[12] Her career started with stand-up comedy and includes film, television and theater.[13] McCarthy is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]



McCarthy made her first television appearance in an episode of the NBC comedy series Jenny, opposite her cousin Jenny McCarthy. She made her feature film debut in a supporting role of 1998 comedy Go, and later had roles in the movies Drowning Mona, Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible, where she played DNAmy.[citation needed]

In 2000, McCarthy was cast as Sookie St. James, the control freak and scatterbrain/klutzy best friend of Lorelai Gilmore on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls. The series was cancelled after seven seasons, in 2007. In 2007, she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the science fantasy psychological thriller The Nines, written and directed by John August. She later starred in the independent comedies The Captain, Just Add Water, and Pretty Ugly People.[14] From 2007 to 2009, McCarthy starred as Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? She also guest starred in Rita Rocks in 2009, and on Private Practice in 2010.[15] In 2010, McCarthy played supporting roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It.[citation needed]

McCarthy at 2012 Academy Awards


In early 2010, McCarthy was cast in the leading role as Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.[16] In 2011, McCarthy had a breakout performance in the comedy movie Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. McCarthy received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. In fall 2011, after achieving fame from Bridesmaids, she received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.[17][18] In June 2011, she hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.[19] McCarthy later had supporting roles in This Is 40 (2012), the semi-sequel to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up,[20] and The Hangover Part III (2013). She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.[21]

McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live on October 1, 2011, again on April 6, 2013, and a third time on February 1, 2014.[22] She was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearances on the television show in 2012 and in 2013.[18]


In 2013, McCarthy co-starred in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman.[23][24] Identity Thief opened at #1 at the box office, and grossed $174 million worldwide.[25] Later in 2013, she co-starred with Sandra Bullock in The Heat. The film was released in the United States and Canada on June 28, 2013 to both critical and commercial success.[26] With McCarthy being called "box office gold, The Heat grossed $229 million worldwide.[27]

McCarthy with Ben Falcone in 2007

McCarthy co-wrote the script for the movie Tammy, which was released on July 2, 2014. McCarthy starred in the movie, about a woman who loses her job and her car, and then learns that her husband has been unfaithful. To get away, McCarthy's character is forced to rely on her alcoholic grandmother for transportation (played by Susan Sarandon) as they embark on a journey of self discovery.[28]

McCarthy has also produced a CBS pilot, which starred her husband, Ben Falcone.[29]

McCarthy is set to be the female lead opposite Bill Murray of upcoming comedy-drama film directed and written by Theodore Melfi St. Vincent.[30] In addition to this, McCarthy will be the lead in frequent collaborator Paul Feig's spy comedy Spy previously known as Susan Cooper,[31] set to be released Memorial Day weekend of 2015.[32]

McCarthy is the founder of the production company On the Day with her husband Ben Falcone.[4] Tammy was first project of her company. The film cost $20 million, a quite low budget, and McCarthy, who can command close to $10 million a role—took a smaller upfront salary in exchange for a larger-than-normal cut of the film's proceeds, according to people familiar with the deal.[33] McCarthy also announced that in March 2015 she will film Michelle Darnell, a comedy film based on a character McCarthy first created in the Los Angeles Groundlings, about "a self-help inspiration speaker (a la Suze Orman or Oprah) who goes to jail for insider trading, and struggles to reinvent herself as America’s new sweetheart when she’s released".[4] She also announced The Memory of Running, based on the Ron McLarty novel about a war veteran on a cross-country bike pilgrimage, Cousin Irv based on the book by Bruce Eric Kaplan, and Just Do It. In Just Do It, McCarthy set to star as "wife who tries to repair her marriage with her husband through 100 days of continuous sex".[4]

Personal life[edit]

McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben Falcone, an actor and alumnus of The Groundlings, on October 8, 2005.[34][35] Falcone often makes cameo appearances in movies starring McCarthy, such as Bridesmaids and The Heat. Together, they have two daughters; Vivian born in 2007 and Georgette born in 2010.[36][37] McCarthy's pregnancy with Vivian was written into the last season of Gilmore Girls.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of Film Awards and Nominations
2011Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressBridesmaidsNominated
BAFTA AwardsBest Supporting Actress
Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest Supporting Actress
Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Supporting Female Actor
Outstanding Cast- Motion Picture
2013Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest Actress in a ComedyThe Heat
List of Television Awards and Nominations
2011Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMike & MollyWon
Satellite AwardsBest Actress - Television Musical or ComedyNominated
2012Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2013Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMike & MollyNominated



1998GodMargaretShort film
2000Charlie's AngelsDoris(in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle bloopers)
2000Drowning MonaShirley
2000Auto MotivesTonnieShort film
2000Disney's The KidSky King Waitress
2002PumpkinCici Pinkus
2002Third Wheel, TheThe Third WheelMarilyn
2002White OleanderParamedic
2003Life of David Gale, TheThe Life of David GaleNico the Goth Girl
2003Chicken PartyTot Wagner
2003Kim Possible: The Secret FilesDNAmyVoice
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleWomen at Crime SceneBloopers (Credits)
2006Cook-Off!Amber Strang
2007Nines, TheThe NinesMargaret / Melissa / Mary
2007The CaptainFran
2008Just Add WaterSelma
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleBecky
2010Back-Up Plan, TheThe Back-Up PlanCarol
2010Life as We Know ItDeeDee
2012This Is 40Catherine
2013Identity ThiefDiana/Dawn Budgie
2013The Hangover Part IIICassy
2013The HeatDet. Shannon Mullins
2014TammyTammyAlso screenwriter and executive producer
2014St. VincentMaggie
2015SpySusan Cooper
2015B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly OperationsWattsVoice
2016Michelle DarnellMichelle DarnellAlso screenwriter and executive producer. Filming set for March 2015


1997JennyMelissaEpisode: "1.5"
2000D.C.Molly2 episodes
2000–2007Gilmore GirlsSookie St. James122 episodes
2002–2005Kim PossibleDNAmy (voice)3 episodes
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmSaleswomanEpisode: "The Surrogate"
2007–2009Samantha Who?Dena35 episodes
2009Rita RocksMindy BooneEpisode: "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
2010Private PracticeLynn McDonaldEpisode: "Best Laid Plans"
2010–presentMike & MollyMolly Flynn92 episodes
2011–2014Saturday Night LiveHost3 episodes
2012The Penguins of MadagascarShelleyEpisode: "Hair Apparent/Love Takes Flightless"


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