Date of Birth: August 26, 1970
Melissa McCarthy is best known for her portrayal of Sookie St. James on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls. She started her career by doing stand up comedy in New York. She made her first mark in New York at The Stand Up New York and The Improv. She also received dramatic training in The Actors Studio and started performing in many stage productions.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Melissa made her TV debut on her cousin Jenny McCarthy's sketch comedy show. She landed small roles in a number of films, including Go, Charlie's Angels, The Kid and White Oleander before being hired for a starring role on Gilmore Girls in 2000. She played Sookie for seven seasons, then immediately was cast in as Dena, one of Christina Applegate's best friends in ABC's comedy Samantha Who?, which ran for two seasons. In 2010, she was cast as Molly on the CBS comedy series Mike & Molly, and for her work on the show, she won an Emmy in 2011.
Other feature film work includes The Back-up Plan, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin; Life as We Know It with Katherine Heigl; Pretty Ugly People with Josh Hopkins, Missi Pyle and Allison Janney; Just Add Water with Danny DeVito; director John August's sci-fi mystery The Nines, with Ryan Reynolds and Hope Davis and Bridesmaids, in which she stole the show from writer/star Kristen Wiig. For her work in the comedy, she won a Golden Globe and received her first Academy Award nomination. She then starred in a slew of comedies including This Is 40 (2012), Identity Thief (2013), The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014), St. Vincent (2014), and Spy (2015).
In 2016 the talented comedienne was seen in the comedies The Boss (2016) and Central Intelligence (2016), as well as the comedy reboot Ghostbusters (2016).
In the comedy, Life of the Party (2018), she played a woman whose husband leaves her, so she decides to enroll at college alongside her daughter. She then played Connie Edwards in the animated crime comedy The Happytime Murders (2018). She also appeared in the documentary Love, Gilda (2018), which chronicled the life and death of Saturday Night Live alumni, Gilda Radner.
Melissa played author Lee Israel in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), which garnered her Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globe and Academy Awards.
Melissa continues to do improv almost every weekend at The Groundlings Main Company, a world-renowned improv and sketch troupe of which she is a member. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Ben Falcone, whom she married in October 2005, and their two young daughters, born in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
Filmography:Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)