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Born: August 26, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Plainfield, Illinois, USA Profession: actress

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Emmy-winning actress Melissa McCarthy brought a sugar-buzz sweetness to her turns as likable if occasionally over-excitable young women on series like "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/The CW, 2001-07), "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Mike and Molly" (CBS, 2010- ). A veteran stand-up and improvisational comic, she burst onto the scene as Sookie St. James, best friend to Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) on "Gilmore," and played variants of the role in subsequent series and feature films like "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) and "Life as We Know It" (2010). Her starring turn on "Molly" as a an overweight teacher who finds herself in a relationship with a similarly rotund policeman (Billy Gardell) was a fine showcase for her talents, and signaled the launch of her career as leading lady. Meanwhile, she continued to shine in a number of high-profile supporting roles, particularly in the hit female-driven comedy from Judd Apatow, "Bridesmaids" (2011), in which she displayed her exceptional gifts for physical comedy and demonstrated that when it came to scene-stealing, she had few comedic peers.

Emmy-winning actress Melissa McCarthy brought a sugar-buzz sweetness to her turns as likable if occasionally over-excitable young women on series like "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/The CW, 2001-07), "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Mike and Molly" (CBS, 2010- ). A veteran stand-up and improvisational comic, she burst onto the scene as Sookie St. James, best friend to Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) on "Gilmore," and played variants of the role in subsequent series and feature films like "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) and "Life as We Know It" (2010). Her starring turn on "Molly" as a an overweight teacher who finds herself in a relationship with a similarly rotund policeman (Billy Gardell) was a fine showcase for her talents, and signaled the launch of her career as leading lady. Meanwhile, she continued to shine in a number of high-profile supporting roles, particularly in the hit female-driven comedy from Judd Apatow, "Bridesmaids" (2011), in which she displayed her exceptional gifts for physical comedy and demonstrated that when it came to scene-stealing, she had few comedic peers.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tammy (2014)

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Spy (2015)
3.
 St. Vincent (2014)
4.
 Tammy (2014)
5.
 Identity Thief (2013)
6.
 Heat, The (2013)
8.
 This Is 40 (2012)
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 Bridesmaids (2011)
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First performed stand up in New York at The Improv and Stand Up New York
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Became a member of the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe
1997:
Made first TV appearance with a bit part on her cousin's MTV sketch comedy program "The Jenny McCarthy Show"
1998:
Starred in John August's independent short film "God"
1999:
Had a small role in Doug Liman's ensemble feature "Go"
2000:
Appeared in "The Kid," starring Bruce Willis
2000:
Made series debut as a regular, playing Lorelai's best friend Sookie on The WB's "Gilmore Girls"
2002:
Played Ben Affleck's office buddy in the romantic comedy "The Third Wheel"
2003:
Landed a small role in "The Life of David Gale"
2007:
Made writing and directing debut with short film "Polk Valley"; also played the main character
2007:
Played lead role in John August directed "The Nines" with Hope Davis and Ryan Reynolds
2007:
Cast in supporting role alongside Christina Applegate on ABC sitcom "Samantha Who?"
2010:
Co-starred in the romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan" with Jennifer Lopez
2010:
Starred on CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly"
2011:
Co-starred with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in comedy blockbuster "Bridesmaids"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2012:
Featured opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in "This Is 40," directed by Judd Apatow
2013:
Cast opposite Jason Bateman in "Identity Thief"
2013:
Appeared in "The Hangover Part III"
2013:
Starred in "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock
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Education

The Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Joliet Catholic Academy: Joliet , Illinois -

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