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Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

 
Melissa McCarthy
Born August 26, 1970 (age 41)
Plainfield, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse Ben Falcone
(2005-present; 2 children)

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

She debuted in film in 1998 and continued to play character roles. From 2001 to 2007, she played Sookie St. James on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls. From 2007 to 2009 she played Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?. She currently stars in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, for which she earned an Emmy Award.[1] In 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids.

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Early life

McCarthy, a cousin of actress Jenny McCarthy, was born in Plainfield, Illinois,[2] the daughter of Sandy and Michael McCarthy.[3] She was raised on a farm, in a "big, Irish-Catholic family".[4] She graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois.[5] Her career started with stand-up comedy and includes film, television and theater.[6] McCarthy is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California.

Career

In 1997 she appeared in an episode of the NBC comedy series Jenny. From 2000 to 2003 she played supporting roles in the films Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, Go, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible, where she played DNAmy.

From 2001 to 2007 she played the role of Sookie St. James, Lorelai Gilmore's best friend on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls.

In 2007, she acted opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines, written and directed by John August. McCarthy played Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009. She also was a guest star in TV series Rita Rocks in 2009 and Private Practice in 2010.

In 2010, she played character roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It. Since 2010 McCarthy has played a leading role as Molly Flynn on the CBS hit sitcom Mike & Molly. In 2011, she received her first Emmy award (and nomination) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.

In 2011, she starred in the financially successful and critically lauded film Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. In June, 2011, she hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.[7]

She will play a role in the sequel to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up - This is Forty.[8] She will star in the upcoming film ID Theft with Jason Bateman.[9][10] She will also appear in season 37 of Saturday Night Live.[11][12]

During the 2011 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, McCarthy was honored with the award for Best Comedic Actress, for her performance on Mike & Molly.[13]

Personal life

McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben Falcone, an actor and fellow alumnus of The Groundlings, on October 8, 2005.[14][15] They have two daughters, Vivian, born May 5, 2007, and Georgette, born in March 2010.[16][17] McCarthy's pregnancy with Vivian was written into the last season of Gilmore Girls.[citation needed]

 

Filmography

Film

Year↓ Film↓ Role↓ Notes
1998 God' Margaret  
1999 Go Sandra  
2000 Charlie's Angels Doris  
Drowning Mona Shirley  
Auto Motives' Tonnie  
The Kid Sky King Waitress  
2002 Pumpkin Cici Pinkus  
The Third Wheel Marilyn  
White Oleander Paramedic  
2003 The Life of David Gale Nico the Goth Girl  
Chicken Party Tot Wagner  
Kim Possible: The Secret Files DNAmy voice
2006 Cook-Off! Amber Strang  
2007 The Nines Margaret / Melissa / Mary  
Shooter Night Store Clerk uncredited
The Captain Fran  
2008 Just Add Water Selma  
Pretty Ugly People Becky  
2010 The Back-Up Plan Carol  
Life as We Know It DeeDee  
2011 Bridesmaids Megan Nominated— Teen Choice Awards for best Scene Stealer Female
2012 This is Forty   spin-off of 2007's Knocked Up, Filming
ID Theft   Pre-production
2013 Untitled Melissa McCarthy Project   Pre-production

Television

Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1997 Jenny Melissa Episode: "1.5"
2000 D.C. Molly Episode: "Justice"
Episode: "Blame"
2000-2007 Gilmore Girls Sookie St. James 153 episodes
2001 The Lost World Billy Episode: "Mark of the Beast"
2002-2005 Kim Possible DNAmy voice

Episodes: "Downhill", "Partners" and "Gorilla Fist"

2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Saleswoman Episode: "The Surrogate"
2007-2009 Samantha Who? Dena 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 Lead role
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
2011 Saturday Night Live host Episode: "Melissa McCarthy"[18]

References

Author:Bling King
Published:Sep 29th 2011
Modified:Jan 10th 2012

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