Melissa Ann McCarthy was born on August 26, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois to Sandra and Michael McCarthy. She was raised on a farm, close to Plainfield, in a large religious family. Her father was an Irish. She attended St. Francis Academy in Joliet. She also studied Textiles at Southern Illinois University.

She began her career as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles, California. There in LA, she also studied in The Groundlings - an improvisational comedy school. Then Melissa moved to New York, where she continued work on stage as a comedian. She starts her acting career in the late of 90s. In the 1997 she appeared with a secondary role in TV series “Jenny”. Her first big experience comes to her with a main role of Sookie St. James in TV series “Gilmore Girls”. She was the member of show cast during 2000-2007, even while she was pregnant with her first daughter Vivian. In the 2000 she played Doris in the movie “Charlie's Angels”. At the same year she also appeared in the film “Drowning Mona” as Shirley. Another project was a comedy TV series “Samantha Who?” for ABS channel. She got her breakthrough lead role of Molly Flynn for CBS series “Mike & Molly”. She was the star of the show for six years from 2010 to 2016. For work on this show, she also earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

She has made her appearances in a number of movies like “The Third Wheel”, “The Nines”, “The Back-Up Plan”, “This Is 40” and “Central Intelligence”. In the 2010 she played role of Dee Dee in the movie “Life as We Know It”. Another Melissa’s breakthrough role was in the comedy film “Identity Thief” along with Jason Bateman in the 2013. In the 2015 she starred in the comedy action movie “Spy” along with Jason Statham. She appeared with the main roles in the comedy movies The Boss and Ghostbusters in the 2016.

Being an incredibly comedian actress she received her own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 2015. At the same year Forbes named Melissa the third highest-paid actress in the world. She was interested in fashion from a very young age, so she also created her own clothing line of plus size Melissa McCarthy Seven7 in Los Angeles. For last years she has lost more than 34 kg, this fact is proved by the new photography from filming "Life of the Party". She says that lost the weight thanks to low-carbohydrate diet, and regular exercise.

She was married to her friend Ben Falcone in the 2005. She met her future husband in early 90s during her studying at The Groundlings. Melissa and Ben are blessed with two daughters. Her first child Vivian was born on May 2007 and second girl on March of 2010. Her oldest daughter also played with her in the movie “The Boss”. Melissa resides with her family in Los Angeles. Her net worth is about 20 million dollars.

Last Modified: Mar 12, 2020

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