Melissa McCarthy –

Melissa McCarthy in Life of the Party (2018).

About Melissa McCarthy (1970 – ____)

Melissa Ann McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois to Sandra and Michael McCarthy. She is a cousin of both actress Jenny McCarthy and professional basketball player Joanne McCarthy. Melissa was raised on a farm in a large Catholic family. Her father is of Irish descent, while her mother is of English, German, and Irish ancestry. Some of her forebears were from County Cork. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois. Her career started with stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, and later in New York City.

She 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 minor role in the 1999 comedy Go, and later had roles in Drowning Mona, Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also worked in three episodes of Kim Possible, voicing the DNAmy character. In 2000, she was cast as Sookie St. James, the upbeat and klutzy best friend of Lorelai Gilmore, on The WB television series Gilmore Girls. Throughout the series, Sookie is Lorelai's business partner and cheerleader. In April 2016 McCarthy announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she would be returning for the show's revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, on Netflix, which was released in November 2016. McCarthy appeared in one of its four episodes.

In 2007, she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the sci-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. Also in 2007, McCarthy starred as Dena Stevens on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?, in which she played Samantha's socially awkward childhood best friend, whom Samantha hasn't seen since seventh grade. When Samantha wakes from her coma, Dena convinces her that they've always been best friends. While Andrea eventually forces her to fess up, Samantha still remains friends with her. She has also guest-starred in Rita Rocks and on Private Practice. In 2010, McCarthy played supporting roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It.

In September of 2010, McCarthy was cast in a leading role of Mike & Molly. The following year, she had a breakout performance in the comedy Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. McCarthy earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance. In fall 2011, she received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly. McCarthy later had supporting roles in This Is 40 (2012), the spinoff to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up, and The Hangover Part III (2013). McCarthy has hosted Saturday Night Live five times: on October 1, 2011, April 6, 2013, February 1, 2014, February 13, 2016, and on May 12, 2017.

In 2013, McCarthy co-starred in the crime comedy Identity Thief with Jason Bateman, which opened at #1 at the box office, and grossed $174 million worldwide, despite poor reviews. In his review of the film, film critic Rex Reed controversially made several references to McCarthy's weight, referring to her as "obese" and using pejorative terms to refer to her weight. His attacks attracted wide criticism from film critics and the industry at large.

Later the same year, McCarthy co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the buddy cop comedy The Heat, which was released in the U.S. and Canada on June 28, 2013 to critical and commercial success. With McCarthy being called "box office gold, The Heat grossed $229 million worldwide. She co-wrote the script for the movie Tammy, which was released on July 2, 2014. In it, her character loses her job and her car, then learns that her husband has been unfaithful. To get away, she is forced to rely on her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon) to get around as they set out on a journey of self-discovery.

McCarthy has also produced a CBS pilot which starred her husband, Ben Falcone, in which she played the female lead opposite Bill Murray, in the 2014 comedy film St. Vincent, directed and written by Theodore Melfi. On November 19, 2014, it was announced that McCarthy would portray fairy heroine Tinker Bell in the untitled comedy-adventure directed by Shawn Levy. She would also produce the film. In addition, McCarthy was the lead in frequent collaborator Paul Feig's comedy Spy (2015), a role that earned McCarthy her first Golden Globe Award nomination.

In May 2015, McCarthy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Three months later, Forbes ranked her as the third highest-paid actress of 2015, with earnings of $23 million.

In 2016, McCarthy starred in The Boss, a comedy based on a character which McCarthy had created in the Los Angeles Groundlings – a wealthy businesswoman "who goes to jail for insider trading, and struggles to reinvent herself as America’s new sweetheart when she's released". Also that year, she played an author and scientist in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig.

On May 31, 2016, McCarthy was cast as celebrity biographer Lee Israel in the dark comedy-drama film Can You Ever Forgive Me? directed by Marielle Heller, replacing Julianne Moore, who'd dropped out of the film. McCarthy's performance drew high praise and Film Journal International said that her previous film roles "could not anticipate how fearlessly and credibly she inhabits Lee Israel." She received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.

On February 4 and 11, 2017 she made surprise appearances on Saturday Night Live portraying White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. She returned to the show to portray Spicer again on April 16 and May 13, 2017.

McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben Falcone, an actor and alumnus of The Groundlings, on October 8, 2005. The couple have two daughters, Vivian, born May 2007, and Georgette, born March 2010. McCarthy's pregnancy with Vivian was written into the last season of Gilmore Girls. Vivian played the younger version of her mother's character in the 2016 movie The Boss. Daughter Georgette also made an appearance in The Boss. Both Falcone and McCarthy have expressed desire for their daughters to focus on their education and pursue professional acting afterwards. Neither child has made appearances in movies since.

Falcone often makes cameo appearances in McCarthy’s movies and TV series, such as a third-season episode of Gilmore Girls, Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy, Identity Thief, Spy, The Boss, “Life of the Party”, and The Happytime Murders.

Since the start of Mike & Molly, McCarthy has lost roughly 75 lb (35 kg). She credits the weight loss to a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, regular exercise, and a "super-boring life" that includes a 7:30 p.m. bedtime.

In 2013, McCarthy founded the production company On the Day with her husband. Tammy was the new company's first project. The film cost a very modest $20 million to make, and McCarthy, who commands 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.

Melissa McCarthy's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1998GodMargaret — Short film
2000Charlie's AngelsDoris
2000Drowning MonaShirley
2000Auto MotivesTonnie — Short film
2000Disney's The KidSky King Waitress
2002PumpkinCici Pinkus
2002The Third WheelMarilyn
2002White OleanderParamedic
2003The Life of David GaleNico the Goth Girl
2003Chicken PartyTot Wagner
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleWoman at Crime Scene — credit only
2007Cook Off!Amber Strang
2007The NinesMargaret / Melissa / Mary
2007The CaptainFran — Short film
2008Just Add WaterSelma
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleBecky
2010The Back-Up PlanCarol
2010Life as We Know ItDeeDee
2011BridesmaidsMegan Price
2012This Is 40 Catherine
2013Identity ThiefDiana/Dawn Budgie
2013The Hangover Part IIICassy
2013The HeatDetective Shannon Mullins
2014TammyTammy Banks Also screenwriter and producer
2014St. VincentMaggie Bronstein
2015SpySusan Cooper
2016The BossMichelle Darnell Also screenwriter and producer
2016Central IntelligenceDarla McGuckian Cameo
2016GhostbustersDr. Abigail "Abby" Yates
2018Life of the PartyDeanna Miles Also screenwriter and producer
2018The Happytime MurdersDetective Connie Edwards Also producer
2018Can You Ever Forgive Me?Leonore "Lee" Israel
2019The KitchenKathy Brennan Post-production
2019Super IntelligenceCarol Peters — Post-production; also producer

Melissa McCarthy's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1997 Jenny Melissa Episode: "1.5"
2000 D.C. Molly 2 episodes
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Sookie St. James Main cast, 7 seasons
2002–2005 Kim Possible DNAmy (voice) 3 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Saleswoman Episode: "The Surrogate"
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Dena Main cast, 2 seasons
2009 Rita Rocks Mindy Boone Episode: "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
2010 Private Practice Lynn McDonald Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2010–2016 Mike & Molly Molly Flynn Main cast, 6 seasons
2011–2017 Saturday Night Live Herself (host); Sean Spicer 9 episodes
2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Shelley (voice) Episode: "Hair Apparent/Love Takes Flightless"
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Sookie St. James Episode: "Fall"
2017–2018 Nobodies Herself 7 episodes; also executive producer

Memorable Quotes by Melissa McCarthy

[on wardrobe problems] “ I want separates, for the love of God, because everything's like a bad prom dress. You can find a million bad sleeveless dresses in satin. I'm like "Where's a good blouse and a great trouser?". ”

“ I believe it matters how you treat people. I believe in Heaven. ”

[on Rex Reed's harsh review that focused on her weight] “ I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs. ”

“ You push so far past the normal boundaries of what's okay in society. I'm always fully aware of "You can't do this." When someone really believes in what they're saying, but it's crazy, it's like my favorite thing on earth... Crazy's just crazy and there's nowhere to go. You can have a point of view, it can be very strange, but we have to know your reasoning. ”

“ I grew up with funny and interesting women, and my friends are funny, interesting women. So I can't think of any story where those women don't come into play. It's the same as how I can't imagine writing a story with no men. It's just not real. ”

“ There's an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what 0.5% of the human race looks like. ”

Things You May Not Know About Melissa McCarthy

Is close friends with her former Samantha Who? (2007) co-star Christina Applegate.

Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Vivian to begin filming the 1st season of Samantha Who? (2007).

Alumni of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, where she was a member for nearly 10 years.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Vivian Falcone on May 5, 2007.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 39, a daughter Georgette Falcone on March 22, 2010.

Was the second-highest paid actress in 2016, behind Jennifer Lawrence.

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Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids (2011). Bottom picture with Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.
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In Can You Ever Forgive Me (2018)... With Richard E. Grant in second picture... with Dolly Wells and Marielle Heller in third picture.
With Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000).
As President Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live.
As Dr. Abigail "Abby" Yates in Ghostbusters (2016).
In Gilmore Girls (2000).
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In Identity Thief (2013). Bottom picture with Jason Bateman.
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In Life of the Party (2018)... top picture with Heidi Gardner... bottom picture with Molly Gordon and Jessie Ennis.
In Mike & Molly (2010) with Katy Mixon.
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In Pretty Ugly People (2008).
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In the comedy Spy (2015). Bottom picture with Miranda Hart.
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In Tammy (2014).
In The Boss (2016).
With Bill Barretta and Maya Rudolph in The Happytime Murders (2018).
With Sandra Bullock in The Heat (2013).
With Billy Gardell in The Honeymoon is Over (2012).
Melissa McCarthy with Elle Fanning in The Nines (2007).