Melissa McCarthy Quick Facts

Melissa McCarthy was born on August 26, 1970, in Plainfield, Illinois. She started her career in stand-up comedy.

Melissa became famous for playing Sookie St. James on the TV show Gilmore Girls. The show aired from 2000 to 2007.

She achieved major success with her role in the comedy film Bridesmaids in 2011. The film was a huge hit.

Melissa won an Emmy Award for her role as Molly Flynn on the TV show Mike & Molly. The show aired from 2010 to 2016.

She co-founded On the Day Productions with her husband, Ben Falcone. They produce many of her films.

Melissa was a fashion student at Southern Illinois University before starting her acting career.

In 2016, Time magazine named Melissa one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Melissa is a strong advocate for body positivity. She often speaks about the importance of self-love and confidence.