Name: Melissa Ann McCarthy
Birthdate: August 26, 1970
Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois
Before They Were Stars: Daughter of Sandy and Michael McCarthy, Melissa was raised in a large Irish-Catholic family. Even as a child, she was already putting on shows for her mother, and as a high school cheerleader she dreamed of being on Saturday Night Live. After studying comedy in New York, McCarthy moved to Los Angeles, where she remains a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe. She has launched a successful TV and movie career as a character actor, frequently playing the best friend, as in her memorable characterization of Sookie in Gilmore Girls.
Where Are They Now: McCarthy is having a stellar year. Currently starring in her Emmy-winning role on the CBS comedy Mike & Molly, Melissa is also getting attention for her scene-stealing Oscar-nominated role in the blockbuster Bridesmaids. McCarthy will also be sharing the big screen with Jason Segel, Megan Fox, and Leslie Mann in the new Judd Apatow film, This is Forty.
Snakkle Snippet: A Hollywood manager once told McCarthy she wouldnâ€™t work in Hollywood if she didnâ€™t lose weight.
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