Melissa McCarthy is an eminent actress, writer, producer and also a comedian. She was born as Melissa Ann McCarthy on August 26, 1970 at Plainfield, Illinois in U.S. to Michael and Sandra McCarthy. She was raised Catholic and belongs to an Irish lineage. She studied at St. Francis Academy in Illinois. She started her career as a stand-up comedian. She is a graduate student of The Groundlings in California. Melissa is the cousin of actress,
She was debuted in television in an episode of the comedy sitcom, Jenny which stars Jenny McCarthy. In 1998, she made her first feature film, Go and bagged the role of Sandra. Subsequently, she has done films like Charlie’s Angels, The Life of David Gale, Drowning Mona and more. She also voiced the character of DNAmy in three episodes of the animated series, Kim Possible. In year 2000, she appeared as Sookie St. James in the comedy-drama series, Gilmore Girls. In 2007, she was starred as Margaret opposite with
in the fantasy psychological film, The Nines. Later, she was also featured in the independent comedy films like Pretty Ugly People, Just Add Water and more. From year 2007 to 2009, she essayed the role of Dena in the television sitcom, ‘Samantha Who?’ on ABC. She also made a guest star appearance on Lifetime’s Rita Rocks and in the medical drama series, Private Practice in year 2010. Later on, she also donned supporting roles in the romantic-comedy films, The Back-up Plan and Greg Berlanti’s Life as We Know It.
In 2010, she was cast in the lead role as Molly Flynn, a teacher who attempts of losing weight in the television sitcom, Mike & Molly opposite with Billy Gardell. She earned many nominations for her role in the film and won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011. Her breakthrough performance happened in the romantic comedy film, Bridesmaid which stars Kristen Wiig. She received many nominations for her role as Megan Price and earned the Best Supporting Actress awards at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society and in New York Film Critics Online. She also won the Best comedic Performance award at MTV Movie Awards and the Best Gut-Wrenching Performance along with the other casts. In 2011, Melissa hosted the show, Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. Later, she has done supporting roles in the spin-off comedy film, This is 40, in the romantic-comedy film, Knocked Up and the comedy film, The Handover Part III.
Melissa hosted the late-night show,
Saturday Night Live
for three times and received nominations at the Primetime Emmy Award. In 2013, she played as Diana/Dawn Budgie in the box-office crime comedy film,
which also stars
. Later, she also acted in the buddy cop comedy film,
opposite with . The film grossed $229-Million internationally. Melissa is the co-writer of the script for the comedy film, Tammy which was released on July 2014. She is also the producer of the CBS pilot which starred Ben Falcone. She played as Maggie Bronstein in the 2014’s comedy film, St. Vincent and also starred as Susan Cooper in the upcoming action comedy film, Spy.
Melissa got married to Ben Falcone on October 8, 2005 and they have two daughters namely, Vivian and Georgette. They are the founder of On the Day, a production company who produced the film, Tammy and is set to produce more films in the coming 2015.