Melissa McCarthy is an American actress and fashion designer, best known for her role in Bridesmaids, for which she received an Academy Award nomination in 2012. She recently concluded her role as Molly Flynn-Biggs on CBS comedy Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy. McCarthy portrayed Sookie St. James on WB drama Gilmore Girls.
Following the conclusion of Gilmore Girls, McCarthy had various roles before landing a lead on CBS sitcom Mike & Molly in 2010. McCarthy became a household name following the success of Paul Feig comedy Bridesmaids in 2011, and has since starred in various films, including This is 40, Identity Thief, The Boss. McCarthy has worked with Feig again on Spy (2015) and the all-female cast reboot of Ghostbusters (2016).
McCarthy is a proponent of body positivity, and has spoken out on numerous occasions against the vilification of women's bodies in the media and Western society.
In 2016, Forbes named her the world's second highest-paid actress in the world, with earnings of $33 million.
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