MELISSA MCCARTHY (Kathy Brennan) received an Academy Award
nomination for her
performance as Megan in the worldwide hit comedy "Bridesmaids," directed by Paul
produced by Judd Apatow. She also received BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and SAG Award
nominations and won the MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year.
has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has placed her hand and
the cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre. She was recently awarded the
People's Icon Award at the 2018 People's Choice Awards and the coveted Comedic
Award from MTV.
McCarthy most recently earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance
biographical drama "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" as well as Golden Globe, Critics'
SAG Award nominations. She previously starred in "Life of the Party" and "The
Boss," which she
co-wrote and produced with husband Ben Falcone, who served as the film's
director, through their
company On the Day. 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,
starred in "St. Vincent," opposite Bill Murray, for which she received a
Critics' Choice Award
nomination, and in "Tammy" which she co-wrote with Ben Falcone, who also served
as the film's
director. She also received a People's Choice Award for this performance.
McCarthy's previous film credits include "The Heat," opposite Sandra Bullock
Paul Feig; "Identity Thief," alongside Jason Bateman; "This is 40," for director
Judd Apatow; Todd
Phillips's "The Hangover Part III"; and "Ghostbusters," directed by Feig, in
which she starred
alongside Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, and received a People's
She recently wrapped "Superintelligence," with Falcone at the helm.
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 Kevin Spacey.
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"
directed several episodes. She won a 2017 Emmy Award for hosting "Saturday Night
she has hosted multiple times. Most recently, she appeared on the Paramount
"Nobodies," which she executive produced along with Ben Falcone.
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
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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