Melissa McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and fashion designer. She was born on August 26, 1970, in Plainfield, Illinois. McCarthy began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at famous clubs such as The Stand and Improv. She received her first recognition through her role as Sookie St. James on the television series "Gilmore Girls" (2000–2007).
McCarthy's breakthrough in film came with the role of Megan in the comedy "Bridesmaids" (2011), for which she received critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has since become one of Hollywood’s leading comedic actresses with her ability to handle physical comedy and deliver quick-witted dialogue with equal skill.
She starred in and produced the comedy "Tammy" (2014), and had lead roles in the films "The Heat" (2013) with Sandra Bullock, "St. Vincent" (2014) with Bill Murray, "Spy" (2015), and "Ghostbusters" (2016). McCarthy's performance in "Spy" earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
In addition to her success in comedy, McCarthy has shown versatility as an actress in other genres. In 2018, she starred in the drama film "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" based on the confessional memoir of Lee Israel. Her portrayal of Israel earned her critical praise as well as nominations for a second Academy Award, this time for Best Actress, as well as for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
McCarthy has also made a mark in television, notably starring in the sitcom "Mike & Molly," which ran from 2010 to 2016. Her performance as Molly Flynn earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011.
Beyond her acting career, McCarthy co-founded the production company On the Day Productions with her husband, Ben Falcone. The company has produced several films in which she has starred. McCarthy has also moved into fashion design, launching her own clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, which is designed to be inclusive for all sizes.
On the personal front, she is married to actor and filmmaker Ben Falcone. They have worked together on numerous projects, both on and off-screen, and have two daughters.
Throughout her career, Melissa McCarthy has become known for her ability to portray relatable characters, her impeccable comedic timing, and her advocacy for body positivity and inclusivity.
For more comprehensive information about her life and work, you can refer to resources like her IMDb profile or more detailed biographies that cover her achievements and filmography.