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, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian, writer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Ben Falcone
(2005–present)
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, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian, writer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Ben Falcone
(2005–present)
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, where she starred from 2000 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she portrayed Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?. McCarthy was then cast as Molly Flynn-Biggs on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, a role that earned her an Emmy Award win,[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 role in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids, which garnered her numerous award nominations including an Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[3] In 2013, she played the lead roles in 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 critical acclaim and 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, and again on April 6, 2013.[20] She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for both appearances in 2012 and in 2013.[16]

McCarthy with Ben Falcone in 2007

In 2013, McCarthy starred in the Identity Thief with Jason Bateman.[21][22] Identity Thief opened at #1 at the box office, and grossed than $174 million worldwide.[23] Later in 2013, she starred in the The Heat, alongside Sandra Bullock. The film was released in the United States and Canada on June 28, 2013 to both critical and commercial success.[24] The Heat grossed than more $229 million worldwide.[25]

McCarthy starred and wrote script of her movie Tammy, about a woman (McCarthy) who loses her job and then learns that her husband has been unfaithful. This causes her to set off on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother (played by Susan Sarandon).[26] The film is set to be released on July 4, 2014.[27] McCarthy also and produced CBS pilot, starred her husband, Ben Falcone.[28] Also McCarthy will be female lead opposite Bill Murray of upcoming comedy-drama St. Vincent de Van Nuys.[29] McCarthy also will be lead in Paul Feig's spy comedy Susan Cooper,[30] set to Memorial Day weekend 2015 as the release date.[31]

Personal life[edit]

McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben Falcone, an actor and alumnus of The Groundlings, on October 8, 2005.[32][33] They have two daughters, Vivian, born May 5, 2007, and Georgette, born in March 2010.[34][35] 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 screenwriter and co-director
2014St. Vincent de Van NuysMaggie
2015Susan CooperSusan Cooper
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
2011, 2013Saturday Night LiveHostEpisodes: "Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum",[36] "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy

MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
The Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Actress - Film
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards for Best Scene Stealer Female

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards for Best Villain

Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Sandra Bullock)
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Hissy Fit

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Bob Newhart iust can't stand still" September 19, 2002, Herald News
  7. ^ "Melissa McCarthy Is Having Her Moment" September 28, 2011, Hollywood Reporter
  8. ^ "‘Mike and Molly’s’ Melissa McCarthy Finds Super-Sized Success" March 22, 2011, LifeScript.com
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  10. ^ "From JCA to CBS: Emmy winner got acting bug at Joliet school" September 21, 2011, The Herald News
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  12. ^ "Pretty Ugly People". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
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  17. ^ "CRYSTAL + LUCY AWARDS 2011". Wif.org. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
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  19. ^ "Academy Invites 176 to Membership". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 29, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Melissa McCarthy May Join The Congregation Of 'St. Vincent De Van Nuys' With Bill Murray | The Playlist". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  30. ^ "Melissa McCarthy in Talks to Join Paul Feig's 'Susan Cooper'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
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