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      Melissa McCarthy

      Melissa McCarthy

      Highest Rated: 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Back-up Plan (2010)

      Birthday: Aug 26, 1970

      Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, USA

      A fearless comic performer with a gift for jaw-dropping physical humor, Melissa McCarthy was a force of nature in such hit features as "Bridesmaids" (2010) and "The Heat" (2013), as well as a nuanced dramatic talent in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2019). Born Melissa Ann McCarthy on August 26, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, she relocated to New York City at the age of 20 to try her hand at the city's comedy scene. After gaining experience as a stand-up, McCarthy headed west to Los Angeles, where she joined the acclaimed improvisational troupe the Groundlings. She made her first screen appearance in 1997 with a guest appearance opposite her cousin, actress Jenny McCarthy, on her eponymous comedy series (MTV, 1997), and logged minor roles in "Go" (1999) and other films and episodic series before earning her star-making turn as the anxious chef Sookie St. James on "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/CW, 2000-07). Her gift for physical comedy and ebullient presence made her a go-to for sidekicks on subsequent series like "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and features like "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) with Jennifer Lopez. While starring in the romantic sitcom "Mike & Molly" (CBS, 2010-16), McCarthy finally broke away from the "best friend" persona with an unfettered turn as a filter-free member of Maya Rudolph's wedding party in "Bridesmaids" (2010). In addition to the film's unexpected runaway success, McCarthy also enjoyed an Oscar nomination for her performance, as well as an Emmy win for "Mike & Molly." Now firmly established as a comedy star, McCarthy settled into a string of hit feature comedies that hinged on her talent for slow-building eruptions of chaos, including "Identity Thief" (2012), "The Heat" (2013), with Sandra Bullock, "Spy" (2015) and "The Boss" (2016), which she co-wrote and produced with her husband, actor/director Ben Falcone. She was also a popular guest on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), hosting five times between 2011 and 2017 and earning an Emmy win in the latter year for, among other moments, an uproarious turn as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. She reteamed with "Bridesmaids" star/co-writer Kristen Wiig for Paul Feig's remake of "Ghostbusters" (2016), and logged time in two largely overlooked comedies - "Life of the Party" (2018), which she co-wrote with Falcone, and "The Happytime Murders" (2018), a raunchy comedy featuring puppets - before seguing into dramatic material for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2019). McCarthy's turn as author turned celebrity forger Lee Israel earned not only critical praise but an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The success of the film was followed by another flurry of activity, including more dramatic work in the crime drama "The Kitchen" (2019) and several comic collaborations with Falcone, including 2020's "Superintelligence."

      Highest rated movies

      98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? 95% Spy 90% Bridesmaids
      78% St. Vincent
      74% Ghostbusters 67% The Little Mermaid
      66% The Heat
      64% The Nines

      Photos

      Melissa McCarthy THE BOSS, from left: director Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, on set, 2016. ph: Hopper Stone/© Universal LIFE OF THE PARTY, FROM LEFT, MAYA RUDOLPH, DIRECTOR BEN FALCONE, MELISSA MCCARTHY, ON-SET, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE. ©WARNER BROS. IDENTITY THIEF, from left: Melissa McCarthy, Eric Stonestreet, 2013. ph: Bob Mahoney/©Universal Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy, 09/20/2010, ©CBS Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy, 09/20/2010, ©CBS IDENTITY THIEF, from left: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, 2013. ph: Bob Mahoney/©Universal THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, MAYA RUDOLPH (LEFT), MELISSA MCCARTHY (BACK CENTER), PHIL PHILLIPS (FRONT, PERFORMED BY BILL BARRETTA), 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE/© STX ENTERTAINMENT Mike and Molly, Billy Gardell (L), Melissa McCarthy (R), 09/20/2010, ©CBS Jimmy Kimmel Live, Melissa McCarthy, 01/26/2003, ©ABC None IDENTITY THIEF, Melissa McCarthy, 2013. ph: Bob Mahoney/©Universal LIFE OF THE PARTY, FROM LEFT: MELISSA MCCARTHY, DIRECTOR BEN FALCONE, ON SET, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE/© WARNER BROS. SPY, Melissa McCarthy, 2015. ph: Larry Horricks/TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. SPY, Melissa McCarthy, 2015. ph: Larry Horricks/TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy (L), Swoosie Kurtz (R), 09/20/2010, ©CBS LIFE OF THE PARTY, DIRECTOR BEN FALCONE (CENTER), MELISSA MCCARTHY (FRONT RIGHT), ON SET, 2018. PH: RON BATZDORFF/© WARNER BROS. BRIDESMAIDS, Melissa McCarthy, 2011. ph: Suzanne Hanover/©Universal Pictures Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy (L), Josh Dean (C), Rondi Reed (R), 09/20/2010, ©CBS THE BOSS, from left: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, 2016. ph: Hopper Stone/© Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      43% 51% Unfrosted Donna Stankowski (Character) - 2024
      31% 62% Genie Flora (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      67% 94% The Little Mermaid Ursula (Character) $298.2M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Relighting Candles: The Tim Sullivan Story Executive Producer - 2023
      19% 71% The Starling Lilly Maynard (Character) - 2021
      22% 23% Thunder Force Lydia (Character),
      Producer
      - 2021
      30% 52% Superintelligence Carol (Character),
      Producer
      - 2020
      24% 69% The Kitchen Kathy Brennan (Character) $12.2M 2019
      98% 81% Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel (Character) $8.8M 2018
      89% 81% Love, Gilda Self $624.2K 2018
      23% 40% The Happytime Murders Detective Connie Edwards (Character),
      Producer
      $20.7M 2018
      38% 40% Life of the Party Deanna (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Executive Producer
      $52.8M 2018
      25% 60% Cook Off! Amber Strang (Character) - 2017
      74% 49% Ghostbusters Abby Yates (Character) - 2016
      22% 38% The Boss Michelle Darnell (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $63.0M 2016
      95% 78% Spy Susan Cooper (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 63% B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations Unknown (Voice) - 2015
      78% 78% St. Vincent Maggie (Character) $44.1M 2014
      24% 36% Tammy Tammy (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $84.5M 2014
      66% 71% The Heat Shannon Mullins (Character) $159.6M 2013
      20% 44% The Hangover Part III Cassie (Character) $112.2M 2013
      19% 53% Identity Thief Diana (Character) $134.5M 2013
      51% 50% This Is 40 Catherine (Character) $67.5M 2012
      90% 76% Bridesmaids Megan (Character) $169.1M 2011
      30% 61% Life as We Know It Deedee (Character) $53.4M 2010
      17% 46% The Back-up Plan Carol (Character) $37.5M 2010
      No Score Yet 26% Pretty Ugly People Becky (Character) - 2008
      64% 61% The Nines Margaret/Melissa/Mary (Character) $62.7K 2007
      36% 57% Pumpkin Cici Pinkus (Character) $305.7K 2002
      33% 32% The Third Wheel Marilyn (Character) - 2002

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest,
      Host
      2013-2019 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018-2022
      85% 77% The Simpsons Calvin (Guest Voice) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Giveback With Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich Executive Producer,
      Host
      2022
      33% 74% God's Favorite Idiot Amily Luck (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2010 2022
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015-2016 2020-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest,
      Host
      2011-2021
      59% 59% Nine Perfect Strangers Francis (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2021
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2018 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2015-2016 2018 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Big Shots Executive Producer,
      Host
      2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity IOU Self 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen's Game of Games Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobodies Melissa McCarthy (Guest Star),
      Executive Producer
      2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
      Host
      2011 2013-2014 2016-2017
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016-2017
      87% 69% Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Sookie St. James (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2011 2013 2016
      No Score Yet 63% Mike & Molly Molly Flynn (Character),
      Director
      2010-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Lynn McDonald (Guest Star) 2010
      77% No Score Yet Samantha Who? Dena (Character) 2007-2009
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Sookie St. James (Character) 2000-2007
      No Score Yet 86% Kim Possible Unknown (Guest Voice) 2002