Melissa McCarthy is an American comedian and actress with an estimated net worth of $20 million. She was born on August 20, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois. Her mother is Sandra and her father is Michael, and she is not the only famous face in her family. Her cousin is actress and television host Jenny McCarthy. Her family is from Ireland, and she was raised in Illinois on a large farm with plenty of animals and brought up as a very religious Irish Catholic. She wanted to become a comedian when she was growing up, so she and some of her friends became part of The Groundlings, which was an improvised comedy group in Los Angeles.
Melissa McCarthy’s first television appearance was with her cousin Jenny on her cousin’s show. It was on NBC in 1997, and it was when she realized that she might just have a career in television. Two years later she began appearing in small roles in films that were mildly popular. However, she would not go on to become a famous face with a household name for a few more year despite her considerable talent and skill. It was when she was cast as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls that she became a household name. The role was fantastic, and it was one that she excelled in, and people began to recognize her. It was 2000 at the time, and she was part of that show for seven years. Over the course of the next few years, she guest starred in a few comedies.
It was 2011 when she was the lead role in a hit sitcom called Mike and Molly, when she became famous once more. That led to roles in hit movies such as “Bridesmaids,” and “Identity Thief,” that allowed her to become the famous actress that she is today. It was in these roles she was a bit raunchy and hilarious, over-the-top and just as funny as can be. She really embraced her role as funny in both movies and that led her to become a lead in many additional movies and become one of the most famous actresses of the new millennium. She married her longtime boyfriend in 2005.
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone now have two little girls born in 2007 and 2010. Her oldest daughter actually played the younger version of herself in a movie she did a bit later on in her career. One thing that we love about Melissa McCarthy and her husband is that he often plays minor roles in some of her hit films, which is always hilarious and always entertaining. Since she began filming her sitcom, she has started a fashion line and she has begun to live a healthier lifestyle that has allowed her to lose around 75 pounds. She wants to be healthier for her kids, and she’s not looking to be a stick thin actress or model; just healthier than she is now. She will continue to impress us in her major roles and increase her sizable net worth.
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