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MELISSA MCCARTHY (Kathy Brennan) received an Academy Award nomination for her performance 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 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 Inaugural People's Icon Award at the 2018 People's Choice Awards and the coveted Comedic Genius Award from MTV.

McCarthy most recently earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the biographical drama "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" as well as Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and 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, 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 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 for director 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 Choice Award. She recently wrapped "Superintelligence," with Falcone at the helm.

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 Kevin Spacey.

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 has directed several episodes. She won a 2017 Emmy Award for hosting "Saturday Night Live," which she has hosted multiple times. Most recently, she appeared on the Paramount Network series "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 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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