ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

Melissa McCarthy is probably one of the funnest people on this planet. She can make the silliest faces, she can change her voice to help produce the strangest characters, and her physicality is priceless. She just knows what will help produce that deep belly laugh that is usually paired with tears of hilarity.

It's not a gift just plain old anybody has.

Although McCarthy was the third highest paid actress of 2015, her journey into Hollywood wasn't always so smooth and successful.

Early Life

Melissa Ann McCarthy was born into an Irish-Catholic family of farmers in Plainfield, Illinois. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois, and then moved to New York with the intention of starting a career as a standup comedian. She trained at The Actor's Studio while doing standup at such famous clubs as Stand Up New York and The Improv.

In the late 1990s, she finally decided to try her hand at a career in Los Angeles, and made the move to the West coast.

The Groundlings

If you have never had the opportunity to catch an improvisation show at The Groundlings Theatre, then quite honestly you are missing out. The Groundlings has produced some of our most favorite comedy actors, such as Will Ferrell, Kathy Griffin, Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, and Jon Lovitz. McCarthy spent nearly a decade as a main-stage member, while also making countless television and film appearances.

She even acted alongside cousin Jenny McCarthy in 1997 on her variety show. Roles in The Kid, Charlie's Angels, and Go slowly put her on the map.

Gilmore Girls

McCarthy landed her breakout role in Gilmore Girls, the popular WB show. Her character Sookie St. James is a chef who is the best friend of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham). Her character played an integral part in the show, and McCarthy and Graham formed a friendship off set as well, and she would occasionally attend McCarthy's Groundling performances.

More Roles for McCarthy

McCarthy also booked the role of Christina Applegate's socially awkward friend in Samantha Who? In 2010, McCarthy began her role as fourth-grade teacher Molly in Mike & Molly, which earned her her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.


In 2011, McCarthy stole the show as Megan in Paul Feig's film Bridesmaids. Starring alongside Groundling alumni Kristen Wiig, it seemed that McCarthy was truly put on the map as one of the funniest actors in this industry. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as a Screen Actor's Guild Award, and a Critics' Choice Movie Award.

From there, she appeared in more hit films, such as This Is 40, Identity Thief, The Heat, and Spy.

Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'
Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'

McCarthy even co-wrote the film Tammy with her husband, actor-writer Ben Falcone, who also had a small role in Bridesmaids.

Personal Life

Melissa and Ben at the Groundlings Theatre
Melissa and Ben at the Groundlings Theatre

Melissa had met her husband of 10 years, Ben Falcone, while at the Groundlings Theatre. They married on October 8, 2005, and had their first daughter, Vivian, in 2007. Their second daughter, Georgette, was born in 2010.

Most recently, McCarthy has adopted a more healthy lifestyle, and has slimmed down tremendously, with the hopes of setting a good example for her daughters.

She is also planning to release a clothing line called Melissa McCarthy Seven7, as she has always found plus sized clothing to be rather unappealing.

Melissa McCarthy took her time to hone her craft and work her way up to becoming one of the hottest comedic actresses in Hollywood at the moment. She is such an inspiration to me, as I'm sure she was met with a lot of rejection like all actors.

I can't wait to continue watching this lady's career just grow and grow. Melissa McCarthy is one fierce force of hilarity to reckon with.

[Source: Biography, Hollywood Take]


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