Fast Facts

  • Grew up on a corn and soybean farm in rural Illinois.
  • Was a cheerleader in high school.
  • Went to college with shoe designer Brian Atwood.
  • Began her comedy career doing stand-up in New York City.
  • Was a member of the Groundlings in L.A. for over 10 years.
  • Made her on-screen debut in her cousin Jenny McCarthy's The Jenny McCarthy Show in 1997.
  • In 2013, launched her own production company, On the Day, with her husband, Ben Falcone.

Awards

  • 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Winner
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Joanne McCarthy — Cousin
  • Amy McCarthy — Cousin
  • Georgette Falcone — Daughter
  • Sandy McCarthy — Mother
  • Ben Falcone — Husband
  • Jenny McCarthy — Cousin
  • Lynette McCarthy — Cousin
  • Michael McCarthy — Father
  • Dan McCarthy — Uncle
  • Linda McCarthy — Aunt
  • Vivian Falcone — Daughter
  • Margie — Sister

College

  • Attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Melissa Ann McCarthy
  • Birth Place: Plainfield, Illinois, United States
  • Birthday: August 26, 1970, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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