LIFE OF THE PARTY
MELISSA MCCARTHY (Deanna / Writer / Producer) received an
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
Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for this role and won the MTV Movie Award
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
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
nomination and Critics' Choice Award nomination. In 2014, McCarthy starred in
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,"
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
Award. She will next star in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" opening in theaters on
McCarthy will start production on "The Kitchen" this spring and later on
McCarthy's additional feature film work includes "The Back-Up Plan," "Life as
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.
"Gilmore Girls," and as Dena in the series "Samantha Who?" McCarthy won an Emmy
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
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
"Nobodies," which she executive produces along with husband Ben Falcone, and
began its second season.
A native of Illinois, McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage
in New York at The Duplex, The Improv, and Stand-Up New York. At the same time,
studied the Meisner Technique under Michael Harney and then continued her
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
sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.
McCarthy resides in Los Angeles.
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