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MELISSA MCCARTHY (Deanna / Writer / Producer) received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Megan in the worldwide hit comedy "Bridesmaids," directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow. She also received BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Screen Actors Guild (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. She was recently awarded the coveted Comedic Genius Award from MTV.

McCarthy recently starred in "The Boss," which she also co-wrote with her actor/writer/director husband, Ben Falcone, and produced under their On The Day Productions banner. In 2015, McCarthy starred in the hit film "Spy" for director Feig, for which she received a People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination and 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 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 Feig; "Identity Thief," alongside Jason Bateman; "This is 40," for director Judd Apatow; Todd Phillip's "The Hangover Part III"; and in "Ghostbusters," directed by Feig, alongside Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, for which McCarthy received a People's Choice Award. She will next star in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" opening in theaters on October 19th.

McCarthy will start production on "The Kitchen" this spring and later on "Super-Intelligence," alongside Falcone.

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, and also appeared in "The Life of David Gale," starring Kate Winslet.

On television, McCarthy starred as the clumsy culinary genius Sookie St. James in "Gilmore Girls," and as 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. She has also received Emmy nominations for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live," which she has hosted multiple times. McCarthy recently returned to Stars Hollow for the Netflix reintroduction of "Gilmore Girls." Most recently, she appeared on the television series "Nobodies," which she executive produces along with husband Ben Falcone, and which just began its second season.

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 resides in Los Angeles.

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