Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is an American actress. She first gained recognition portraying Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls from 2000 to 2007. McCarthy also starred on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly from 2010 to 2016, earning an Emmy in 2011 for her performance. Her most famous films include Identity Thief (2013), The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014), Spy (2015), The Boss (2016) and Ghostbusters (2016). McCarthy has been nominated twice for an Academy Award for her roles in 2011's Bridesmaids and 2018's Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa McCarthy
Full Name
Melissa Ann McCarthy
Plainfield, Ill.
Notable Projects
Gilmore Girls


Who is Melissa McCarthy's husband?

Melissa McCarthy has been married to actor and director Ben Falcone since 2005. They met in 1995 while attending a writing class at The Groundlings improv comedy troupe in Los Angeles. "It's [about] finding someone who you just absolutely are better with," McCarthy told PEOPLE in February 2020. "He's nothing but supportive, and he's super smart."

How many kids does Melissa McCarthy have?

Melissa McCarthy shares two children with husband Ben Falcone. The couple welcomed their eldest daughter Vivian in 2007 and Georgette in 2010.

How did Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy meet?

Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy met in the 1990s when McCarthy and future husband Ben Falcone performed with The Groundlings in Los Angeles. "When I first moved to town, I used to go to The Groundlings to watch them," Spencer told PEOPLE in April 2021. All three have remained close friends since and worked together in Netflix's 2021 superhero film 'Thunder Force.'

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The Great Giveback premieres Monday, June 13 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV and discovery+
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The two women host the new home transformation series The Great Giveback, premiering June 13 on HGTV and discovery+
Hacks Honored with Peabody Award: 'Its Humor Unites Us All'
Melissa McCarthy presented the HBO Max comedy with a Peabody Award, celebrating its dynamic humor for women of all ages
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Melissa McCarthy plays Ursula in the upcoming live-action retelling of Disney's The Little Mermaid opposite singer Halle Bailey as Ariel

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