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MELISSA MCCARTHY (Abby Yates) received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Megan in the worldwide hit comedy Bridesmaids. This film was directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow. She also received BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and SAG Award nominations for this role and won the MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year. McCarthy has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has placed her hand and footprints in the cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

McCarthy recently starred in the hit film Spy for director Paul Feig, for which she received a People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination, and a Critics' Choice Award nomination. In 2014, McCarthy starred in St. Vincent opposite Bill Murray, for which she received a Critics' Choice Award nomination, and in Tammy, which she co-wrote with her actor/writer husband Ben Falcone, who also served as the film's director. She received a People's Choice Award for this role. McCarthy's previous film credits include The Heat opposite Sandra Bullock for director Paul Feig, Identity Thief alongside Jason Bateman, This is 40 for director Judd Apatow, and Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part III. McCarthy more recently starred in The Boss, which she co-wrote with Falcone, who again directed.

McCarthy's additional feature film work includes The Back-Up Plan, Life as We Know It, Pretty Ugly People, Just Add Water, The Nines, White Oleander, Pumpkin, and Go, directed by Doug Liman. Additionally, she starred in John August's short film God as a young woman having a gossipy phone conversation and short-lived spat with The Almighty. She also appeared in The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey.

On television, McCarthy starred as the clumsy culinary genius Sookie St. James in "Gilmore Girls" and Dena in the series "Samantha Who?" McCarthy won an Emmy Award and People's Choice Award for starring as Molly on the hit CBS comedy "Mike & Molly" and directed several episodes of the series. She has also received Emmy nominations for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live," which she has hosted multiple times.

A native of Illinois, McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage performing standup in New York at The Duplex, The Improv, and Stand-Up New York. At the same time, she studied the Meisner Technique under Michael Harney and then continued her dramatic training at The Actors Studio. McCarthy starred in a variety of stage productions throughout the city. In Los Angeles, she spent nine years as a main-stage member of the world renowned improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.

McCarthy recently launched her clothing line "Melissa McCarthy Seven7" to rave reviews. The clothing is sold in stores across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and on her website MelissaMcCarthy.com. She will also release an upper tier clothing line called "Melissa McCarthy" in upcoming seasons.

McCarthy resides in Los Angeles.

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