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Profile: Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress and comedienne.

She debuted in film in 1998 and continued to play character roles. From 2001 to 2007 she played Sookie St. James on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls. From 2007 to 2009 she played Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?. She currently stars in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, for which she earned her first Emmy Award nomination. In 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids.

In 1997 she appeared in an episode of the NBC comedy series Jenny. From 2000 to 2003 she played supporting roles in the films Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, Go, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible, where she played DNAmy.

From 2001 to 2007 she played the role of Sookie St. James, Lorelai Gilmore's best friend on the The WB television series Gilmore Girls.

In 2007, she acted opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines, written and directed by John August. McCarthy played Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009. She also was a guest star in TV series Rita Rocks in 2009 and Private Practice in 2010.

In 2010, she played character roles in films The Back-Up Plan and Life as We Know It. Since 2010 McCarthy has played a leading role as Molly Flynn on the CBS hit sitcom Mike & Molly. In 2011, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.

In 2011, she starred in the financially successful and critically-lauded film Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. In June, 2011, she hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

She will play a role in the sequel to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up - This is Forty. She will star in the upcoming film ID Theft with Jason Bateman. She also appears in the Saturday Night Live.


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VIDEO: Melissa McCarthy on David Letterman - 5-17-2011

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