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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.

Net Worth

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.


McCarthy began her career doing stand-up comedy shows in Los Angeles, and subsequently in New York. She made her television debut with a minor role in an episode of “Jenny”, an NBC comedy series, working with her cousin and prominent actress, Jenny McCarthy. She later had a minor role in the 1999 comedy entitled “Go”, and subsequently appeared in movies such as “Charlie’s Angels”, which follows the story of three women who work as secret detectives, “The Third Wheel” and “The Life of David Gale”. Additionally, she worked on three episodes of “Kim Possible”, providing voice recordings for DNAmy.

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.

Late 2000s

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

In 2011 McCarthy landed the role of Megan in “Bridesmaids”, working with Kristen Wiig, Terry Crews, Maya Rudolph and Tom Yi, which follows the competition of a bridesmaid and the maid of honor, and which was nominated for two Oscars, plus rewarded with 25 Awards such as Best Actor and AFI Award, with Melissa herself winning the ACCA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In the following year she had two more projects, most importantly playing the role of Catherine in “This Is 40”, working with Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Maude Apatow, and which was rewarded with the ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films, and Hollywood Film Award for Comedy of the Year. Additionally it was nominated for 11 Awards, such as Empire for best Comedy and IGN for best Comedy movie. In 2013, she played the role of Cassie in the third part of “The Hangover” franchise, however, the movie didn’t live up to expectations, nor to the success of the previous two movies. In the same year, Melissa was cast to play Mullins, one of the starring roles in “The Heat”, working alongside Sandra Bullock. The movie, which follows the story of an FBI special agent paired with a Boston cop in order to take down a drug lord, received mediocre response, however, it succeeded to gaining the attention of audiences. In 2014, she produced and appeared in “Tammy”, the comedy romance movie about a woman who goes on a road trip with her grandmother. Despite getting negative reviews, the movie grossed over $100 million at the box office.

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”.

Social media

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.

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