Who is actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy?
Melissa Ann McCarthy was born on 26 August 1970, in Plainfield, Illinois USA, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and is best known as an actress, with her most prominent acting projects being “The Heat”, “Spy” and “Bridesmaids”, and for being a producer, of “Tammy” in 2014 and “The Boss” in 2016. She is also a comedian, and a fashion designer.
So just how rich is Melissa McCarthy? According to authoritative sources, this actress has a net worth of $60 million, accumulated from her over two decade-long career in the mentioned fields.
Early Life and Education
McCarthy was raised in a Catholic family of Irish, English and German ancestry, and spent her formative years on a farm. She was a student of Saint Francis Academy – now renamed to Joliet Catholic Academy – located in Joliet, Illinois. Additionally, she joined the Groundlings, which is a sketch comedy troupe.
Rise to Fame
She had her breakthrough being cast to play Sookie St. James in a worldwide acclaimed television series “Gilmore Girls”, and ultimately appeared in 153 episodes of the mentioned show throughout seven years, starting in the 2000 and ending in 2007. Additionally, she announced that she would be returning for the revival of the series, in early April 2016 in one episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. In 2007, having finished with the Gilmore Girls, she starred in “The Nines”, opposed by Ryan Reynolds. The movie, which follows the story of a television show runner, a videogame designer and an actor whose lives begin to intertwine in mysterious ways, received mediocre response from the audience.
Melissa landed the role of Dena in “Samantha Who” in 2007, and remained in the show over the course of two years appearing in its 35 episodes, during which the show was nominated for two Golden Globes, and earned generally positive response from the audience. Continuing to work at a rapid pace, she landed the role of Becky in “Pretty Ugly People”, and Selma in “Just Add Water”, both in 2008, and in the following year appeared in five episodes of “Rita Rocks” as Mindy Boone. In 2010, she was cast to play one of the main characters, Molly Flynn in “Mike and Molly”, and continued working on the series over the course of the next six years. Additionally, the series, which follows the story of Mike who works as a police officer and meets a teacher named Molly who he falls in love with, subsequently won two Primetime Emmy Awards.
“Bridesmaids” and Latter Career
Mid and Late 2010s
As of 2016, she landed the role of Abby Yates, one of the main characters of “Ghostbusters”, an action comedy movie nominated for 24 Awards such as Black Reel, Critics Choice, Empire and ICP Awards, and won five Awards including Favorite Movie and WFCC. In 2017, McCarthy appeared as herself in “Nobodies”, ultimately working on seven episodes of the series. When it comes to future projects, her movie “Life of the Party” in which she portrays Deanna has been completed, and her movie “The Happytime Murders” is currently in post-production. To conclude, McCarthy has had 50 acting gigs so far.
McCarthy’s Work as a Producer
In addition to being an actress, McCarthy is also a producer, and in that field has worked on projects such as “Tammy”, “The Boss”, “Life of The Party” and “The Happytime Murders”. She often acts in the movies she produces
Private life and relationship status
When it comes to McCarthy’s love life, she has been married to Ben Falcone since 2005, and the couple has two daughters. During pregnancy, Melissa lost over 70 pounds and spoke about her journey on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. However, her series “Mike and Molly” was cancelled, as the main premise of the series is an overweight couple. Speaking about this, Melissa added that she couldn’t believe that “an amazing show would get cancelled just because she decided to be healthy”.
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) March 8, 2018
Being in the entertainment field, Melissa is naturally active on social media as well. Her Twitter account is followed by the army of almost a million people, and her Instagram account by 6.4 million. She uses her social media accounts to communicate with her fans, as well as to promote her upcoming projects.