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MELISSA MCCARTHY (Lee Israel) 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 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 LIFE OF THE PARTY which she co-wrote and produced with husband Ben Falcone, who served as the film's director, through their On the Day Productions. She recently starred in THE BOSS which she also co-wrote with Ben Falcone. In 2015 McCarthy 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 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, Todd Phillip's THE HANGOVER PART III and in GHOSTBUSTERS directed by Paul Feig alongside Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon for which she received a People's Choice Award. McCarthy will next star in THE KITCHEN (Warner Bros./New Line) and SUPER-INTELLIGENCE (Warner Bros./New Line) which she and Falcone produced and Falcone directs.

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.

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. She recently won an Emmy award for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live," which she has hosted multiple times. Most recently, she appeared on the television series "Nobodies" (Paramount Network) she executive produces along with husband Ben Falcone.

A native of Illinois, McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage performing stand-up 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.


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