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Melissa McCarthy (1970)

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Melissa McCarthy is a film and television actress, comedian, writer and producer.

McCarthy is known for her role as Sookie St. James on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls, where she starred from 2000 to 2007. Since 2007 to 2009, she portrayed Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?. She currently stars in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011. She is also known for her performances in the films The Nines, The Back-up Plan, Life as We Know It, and breakthrough role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids.

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 early life
Melissa Ann McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, the daughter of Sandy and Michael McCarthy. She was raised on a farm, in a "big, Irish-Catholic family". She graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois. Her career started with stand-up comedy and includes film, television and theater. McCarthy is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California,

 career
In 1997 she appeared in an episode of the NBC comedy series Jenny. From 2000 to 2003 she played supporting roles in the films Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, Go, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible, where she played DNAmy.

From 2000 to 2007 she played the role of Sookie St. James, the loveable control freak and scatterbrain/klutzy best friend of Lorelai Gilmore on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls. Sookie is the executive chef at the Independence Inn and later, the co-owner and head chef at the Dragonfly Inn.

In 2007, she acted opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines, written and directed by John August. McCarthy played Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009. She also was a guest star in TV series Rita Rocks in 2009 and Private Practice in 2010.

In 2010, she played character roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It. Since 2010 McCarthy has played a leading role as Molly Flynn on the CBS hit sitcom Mike & Molly. In 2011, she received her first Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.

In 2011, she starred in the financially successful and critically lauded film Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. McCarthy received critical acclaim for her performance. In June 2011, she hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. She appeared as the host of Saturday Night Live on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

She will play a role in the sequel to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up - This is Forty. She will star in the upcoming film ID Theft with Jason Bateman. She will also star in the upcoming film Tammy. McCarthy is also the author and producer of an upcoming CBS pilot.

 personal life
McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben Falcone, an actor and fellow alumnus of The Groundlings, on October 8, 2005. They have two daughters, Vivian, born May 5, 2007, and Georgette, born in March 2010. McCarthy's pregnancy with Vivian was written into the last season of Gilmore Girls.

Melissa McCarthy is first cousins with actress Jenny McCarthy. Their fathers are brothers.

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