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Melissa McCarthy Biography

Birth Name:
Melissa Ann McCarthy
Birth Place:
Plainfield, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor, comedian

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

  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2018Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2018Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2018People's Choice Awards-Favorite Comedic Star: winner
  • 2016People's Choice Awards-Favorite Comedic TV Actress: winner
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress in a Comedy: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress in a Comedy: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Breakthrough Performance: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2011Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2011New York Film Critics Online-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships