Melissa McCarthy

Active - 1999 - Present  |   Born - Aug 26, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Drama

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First gaining notoriety as Sookie on the hit sitcom Gilmore Girls, actress Melissa McCarthy began her onscreen career with a bit part on her cousin's The Jenny McCarthy Show. Minor film and TV roles followed before she landed the aforementioned part of Sookie St. James, a role she would play throughout Gilmore Girls seven-season run on The WB/CW. In 2007, McCarthy was cast in a supporting role alongside Christina Applegate on the ABC comedy Sam I Am.

She found genuine success with the sitcom Molly and Me, playing one-half of a weight-challenged couple opposite Billy Gardel and earning an Emmy nod for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. However, it was her supporting turn in the R-rated comedy Bridesmaids that brought her a taste of mass adulation as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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  • Grew up on a corn and soybean farm in rural Illinois.
  • Was a cheerleader in high school.
  • Went to college with shoe designer Brian Atwood.
  • Began her comedy career doing stand-up in New York City.
  • Was a member of the Groundlings in L.A. for over 10 years.
  • Made her on-screen debut in her cousin Jenny McCarthy's The Jenny McCarthy Show in 1997.
  • In 2013, launched her own production company, On the Day, with her husband, Ben Falcone.