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
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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