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Melissa Mccarthy Essay

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Melissa McCarthy

Born: August 26, 1970 (age 43), Plainfield, IL
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Spouse: Ben Falcone (m. 2005)
Upcoming movies: Tammy, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations
Children: Georgette Falcone, Vivian Falcone

Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American film and television actress, comedian, writer and producer.

McCarthy first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James on the television series Gilmore Girls. She worked in this supporting role from 2000 to 2007. On the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? she portrayed Dena from 2007 to 2009. McCarthy was then cast as Molly Flynn-Biggs on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, a role that earned her an Emmy ...view middle of the document...

Career
Early career on television and film

McCarthy 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 supporting role of 1998 comedy Go, and later had roles in the movies Drowning Mona, Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible, where she played DNAmy.

In 2000, McCarthy was cast as Sookie St. James, the control freak and scatterbrain/klutzy best friend of Lorelai Gilmore on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls. The series was cancelled after seven seasons, in 2007. In 2007, she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the science 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.[12] From 2007 to 2009, McCarthy starred as Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? . She also guest starred in Rita Rocks in 2009, and on Private Practice in 2010.[13] In 2010, McCarthy played supporting roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It.
McCarthy at 2012 Academy Awards
Breakthrough and current film roles

In early 2010, McCarthy was cast in the leading role as Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.[14] In 2011, McCarthy had a breakout performance in the comedy movie Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. McCarthy received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. In fall 2011, after Bridesmaids fame, she received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.[15][16] In June 2011, she also hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.[17] McCarthy later had cameo roles in This Is 40, the sequel to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up.,[18] and on The Hangover Part III in 2013. She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.[19]

McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live on October 1, 2011, again on April 6, 2013, and a third time on February 1, 2014.[20] She was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearances on the television show in 2012 and in 2013.[16]

In 2013, McCarthy co-starred in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman.[21][22] Identity Thief opened at #1 at the box office, and grossed $174 million worldwide.[23] Later in 2013, she co-starred with Sandra Bullock in The Heat. The film was released in the United States and Canada on June 28, 2013 to both critical and commercial success.[24] With McCarthy being called "box office gold, The Heat grossed $229 million worldwide.[25]
McCarthy with Ben Falcone in 2007

McCarthy co-wrote the script for the upcoming movie Tammy which is set to be released on July 4, 2014. McCarthy stars in the movie about a woman who loses...

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