Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy 2012 (Straighten Crop).jpg
McCarthy on September 16, 2012.
Born Melissa Ann McCarthy
(1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, stand-up comedian, writer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Ben Falcone
(2005–present)
Children 2

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]

Year Film Role Notes
1998 God Margaret Short film
1999 Go Sandra
2000 Charlie's Angels Doris (in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle bloopers)
2000 Drowning Mona Shirley
2000 Auto Motives Tonnie Short film
2000 Kid, TheThe Kid Sky King Waitress
2002 Pumpkin Cici Pinkus
2002 Third Wheel, TheThe Third Wheel Marilyn
2002 White Oleander Paramedic
2003 Life of David Gale, TheThe Life of David Gale Nico the Goth Girl
2003 Chicken Party Tot Wagner
2003 Kim Possible: The Secret Files DNAmy Voice
2006 Cook-Off! Amber Strang
2007 Nines, TheThe Nines Margaret / Melissa / Mary
2007 Shooter Night Store Clerk Uncredited
2007 The Captain Fran
2008 Just Add Water Selma
2008 Pretty Ugly People Becky
2010 Back-Up Plan, TheThe Back-Up Plan Carol
2010 Life as We Know It DeeDee
2011 Bridesmaids Megan
2012 This Is 40 Katherine
2013 Identity Thief Diana/Dawn Budgie
2013 The Hangover Part III Cassy
2013 The Heat Det. Shannon Mullins
2014 Tammy Tammy Also co-screenwriter and co-producer
2014 St. Vincent de Van Nuys Maggie
2015 Spy Susan Cooper Filming
2015 B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations Watts Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Jenny Melissa Episode: "1.5"
2000 D.C. Molly 2 episodes
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Sookie St. James Series regular, 153 episodes
2002–2005 Kim Possible DNAmy (voice) 3 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Saleswoman Episode: "The Surrogate"
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Dena Series regular, 35 episodes
2009 Rita Rocks Mindy Boone Episode: "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
2010 Private Practice Lynn McDonald Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2010–present Mike & Molly Molly Flynn Series regular
2011 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum"[35]
2013 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix"
2014 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Melissa McCarthy/Imagine Dragons"[36]

Accolades[edit]

Year Work Award Result
2011 Mike & Molly Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2011 Mike & Molly Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance Won
2011 Bridesmaids MTV Movie Award for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance Won
2011 Bridesmaids The Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Actress - Film Won
2011 Bridesmaids Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids MTV Movie Award for Best Cast Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2011 Bridesmaids Teen Choice Awards for Best Scene Stealer Female Nominated
2012 Mike & Molly Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Saturday Night Live Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Saturday Night Live Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Identity Thief Teen Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress: Comedy Nominated
2013 Identity Thief Teen Choice Awards for Best Villain Nominated
2013 The Heat Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Sandra Bullock) Won
2013 The Heat Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Nominated
2013 The Heat Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Nominated
2014 The Heat People's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
2014 The Heat People's Choice Awards for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Nominated
2014 The Heat People's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Duo (with Sandra Bullock) Nominated
2014 The Heat MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance Nominated
2014 Mike & Molly People's Choice Awards for Favorite Comedic TV Actress Nominated
2014 Identity Thief MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Nominated
2014 Identity Thief MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance Nominated

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