Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy 2012 (Straighten Crop).jpg
McCarthy on September 16, 2012.
BornMelissa Ann McCarthy
(1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian, writer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Ben Falcone (m. 2005)
Children2
 
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Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy 2012 (Straighten Crop).jpg
McCarthy on September 16, 2012.
BornMelissa Ann McCarthy
(1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian, writer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Ben Falcone (m. 2005)
Children2

Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American film and television 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 another subsequent nomination. McCarthy was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work as host on Saturday Night Live.

McCarthy achieved major success and fame for her breakthrough film role 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, and next to be seen in Tammy and St. Vincent de Van Nuys.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Ann McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois,[4] the daughter of Sandra and Michael McCarthy.[5][6] She is a cousin of actress/model Jenny McCarthy.[7] McCarthy was raised on a farm, in a "big, Irish-Catholic family".[8] Some of her ancestors were from County Cork.[9] She graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois.[10] Her career started with stand-up comedy and includes film, television and theater.[11] McCarthy is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California.

Career[edit]

Early career on television and film[edit]

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.

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.[12] 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.[13] In 2010, McCarthy played supporting roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It.

Breakthrough and current film roles[edit]

In early 2010, McCarthy was cast in the leading role as Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.[14] 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 Bridesmaids fame, she received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.[15][16] In June 2011, she also hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.[17] McCarthy later had cameo roles in This Is 40, the sequel to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up.,[18] and on The Hangover Part III in 2013. She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.[19]

McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live on October 1, 2011, again on April 6, 2013, and a third time on February 1, 2014.[20] 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.[16]

McCarthy with Ben Falcone in 2007

In 2013, McCarthy co-starred in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman.[21][22] Identity Thief opened at #1 at the box office, and grossed $174 million worldwide.[23] 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.[24] With McCarthy being called "box office gold, The Heat grossed $229 million worldwide.[25]

McCarthy wrote the script for the upcoming movie Tammy which is set to be released on July 4, 2014. McCarthy stars in the movie about a woman who loses her job, her car and then learns that her husband has been unfaithful. To get away, McCarthy is forced to rely on her alcoholic grandmother for transportation (played by Susan Sarandon) as they embark on a journey of self discovery.[26]

McCarthy has also produced a CBS pilot, which starred her husband, Ben Falcone.[27]

McCarthy is set to be the female lead opposite Bill Murray of upcoming comedy-drama film directed and written by Theodore Melfi St. Vincent de Van Nuys.[28] In addition to this, McCarthy will be the lead in frequent collaborator Paul Feig's spy comedy Spy previously known as Susan Cooper,[29] set to be released Memorial Day weekend of 2015.[30]

Personal life[edit]

McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben Falcone, an actor and alumnus of The Groundlings, on October 8, 2005.[31][32] Falcone often makes cameo appearances in movies starring McCarthy, such as Bridesmaids and The Heat. They have two daughters, Vivian, born May 5, 2007, and Georgette, born in March 2010. [33][34] McCarthy's pregnancy with Vivian was written into the last season of Gilmore Girls.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1998GodMargaretShort film
1999GoSandra
2000Charlie's AngelsDoris(in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle bloopers)
2000Drowning MonaShirley
2000Auto MotivesTonnieShort film
2000Kid, TheThe 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
2006Cook-Off!Amber Strang
2007Nines, TheThe NinesMargaret / Melissa / Mary
2007ShooterNight Store ClerkUncredited
2007The CaptainFran
2008Just Add WaterSelma
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleBecky
2010Back-Up Plan, TheThe Back-Up PlanCarol
2010Life as We Know ItDeeDee
2011BridesmaidsMegan
2012This Is 40Katherine
2013Identity ThiefDiana/Dawn Budgie
2013The Hangover Part IIICassy
2013The HeatDet. Shannon Mullins
2014TammyTammyAlso co-screenwriter and co-producer
2014St. Vincent de Van NuysMaggie
2015SpySusan CooperFilming
2015B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly OperationsWattsVoice

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997JennyMelissaEpisode: "1.5"
2000D.C.Molly2 episodes
2000–2007Gilmore GirlsSookie St. JamesSeries regular, 153 episodes
2002–2005Kim PossibleDNAmy (voice)3 episodes
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmSaleswomanEpisode: "The Surrogate"
2007–2009Samantha Who?DenaSeries regular, 35 episodes
2009Rita RocksMindy BooneEpisode: "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
2010Private PracticeLynn McDonaldEpisode: "Best Laid Plans"
2010–presentMike & MollyMolly FlynnSeries regular
2011Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum"[35]
2013Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix"
2014Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Melissa McCarthy/Imagine Dragons"[36]

Accolades[edit]

YearWorkAwardResult
2011Mike & MollyPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesWon
2011Mike & MollySatellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
2011BridesmaidsMTV Movie Award for Best Comedic PerformanceWon
2011BridesmaidsMTV Movie Award for Best Gut-Wrenching PerformanceWon
2011BridesmaidsThe Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Actress - FilmWon
2011BridesmaidsAcademy Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2011BridesmaidsBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting RoleNominated
2011BridesmaidsBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated
2011BridesmaidsBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2011BridesmaidsMTV Movie Award for Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
2011BridesmaidsMTV Movie Award for Best CastNominated
2011BridesmaidsOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2011BridesmaidsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
2011BridesmaidsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
2011BridesmaidsTeen Choice Awards for Best Scene Stealer FemaleNominated
2012Mike & MollyPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2012Saturday Night LivePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2013Saturday Night LivePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2013Identity ThiefTeen Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress: ComedyNominated
2013Identity ThiefTeen Choice Awards for Best VillainNominated
2013The HeatTeen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Sandra Bullock)Won
2013The HeatTeen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie Star: FemaleNominated
2013The HeatTeen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Hissy FitNominated
2014The HeatPeople's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie ActressNominated
2014The HeatPeople's Choice Awards for Favorite Comedic Movie ActressNominated
2014The HeatPeople's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Duo (with Sandra Bullock)Nominated
2014The HeatMTV Movie Award for Best Comedic PerformanceNominated
2014Mike & MollyPeople's Choice Awards for Favorite Comedic TV ActressNominated
2014Identity ThiefMTV Movie Award for Best FightNominated
2014Identity ThiefMTV Movie Award for Best Musical PerformanceNominated

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