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Melissa McCarthy
Forecourt Ceremony held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Born: August 26, 1970, in Plainfield, Illinois
Age at the time of the ceremony: 43
Melissa McCarthy has proven to be one of the most appealing performers in films. Possessing an adorable personality which she can rev into any of a number of speeds, she is always giving surprising performances.

McCarthy was born and raised in Plainfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago. Her folks are of Irish, English, and German descent and she was raised Catholic. She graduated from The Joliet Catholic Academy in 1987.

Following her star to Los Angeles, McCarthy became a member of The Groundlings, and performed stand-up in New York. She made her first television appearance on her cousin's show: The Jenny McCarthy Show aired over NBC in April 1997; her first film credit is in a small role in Go (released in April 1999) with Sarah Polley.

Then came the small roles in features, such as: Drowning Mona (released in March 2000) with Danny DeVito, The Kid (released in July 2000) with Bruce Willis, Charlie's Angels (released in November 2000) with Cameron Diaz and The Life of David Gale (released in February 2003) with Kevin Spacey. You have to look for her carefully in these films. . .

A real breakthrough came from playing Lauren Graham's gal pal Sookie St. James on 153 episodes of Gilmore Girls aired over The WB from October 2000 to May 2007. Fabulous show, great character. While Gilmore was on, McCarthy did a few side projects, like doing the voice of DNAmy in three episodes of Kim Possible with aired over the Disney Channel in November 2005, and the arthouse flickThe Nines (released in January 2007) with Ryan Reynolds.

So — what do we do with the ultra well-known character actor who is so sweet and crazy? More supporting roles in films like Just Add Water (released in March 2008) with Jonah Hill, and Pretty Ugly People (released in April 2008) with Missi Pyle. And also on television, as Dena on 35 episodes of Samantah Who? with Christina Applegate aired over ABC from October 2007 to July 2009.

She was still playing Best Friend to the female lead of The Back-up Plan (released in April 2010) with Jennifer Lopez, and did the same in Life As We Know It. (released in October 2010) with Katherine Heigel.

Finally, someone thought to give McCarthy a sitcom. She starred in 127 episodes of Mike and Molly with Billy Gardell aired over NBC from September 2010 to May 2016. The sweetness she brought to Molly was cleverly extended with an edge, in her breakout performance as Megan in Bridesmaids (released in May 2011) with Kristen Wiig. A must-see movie.

For director Judd Apatow, McCarthy just killed the helicopter parent cameo in This Is 40 (released in December 2012) with Paul Rudd; for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, she co-starred in the sisterhood cop film The Heat (released in June 2013) with Sandra Bullock,

Just before the release of the road picture (which she also co-produced and was directed by her husband Ben Falcone) Tammy (released in July 2014) with Susan Sarandon, McCarthy was asked to make her imprints in the Chinese Theatre Forecourt.

McCarty had a co-starring role in the comedy St. Vincent (released in October 2014) with Bill Murray. Reuniting as the lead for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's Spy (released in June 2015) with Rose Byrne; it was a whopping success (it was??)

Producer McCarthy dug into a character she had created while with The Groundlings to star as The Boss (released in April 2016) with Kristen Bell. She took the leading role in Paul Feig's remake of Ghostbusters (which had its world premiere at the Chinese on Saturday, July 9, 2016) with Kristen Wiig, which, uhh — underperformed.

Even though she was now the highest-paid female actor in Hollywood (according to Forbes), McCarthy agreed to appear in the "Fall" segment of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life streaming over Netflix in November 2016, as Sookie St. James.

She produced and starred in Life of the Party (released in May 2018) with Molly Gordon,
and served as executive producer of 24 episodes of Nobodies with Hugh Davidson aired over TVLand from March 2017 to May 2018.

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TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Melissa McCarthy Forecourt ceremony, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Having doffed her shoes for the time being, Melissa McCarthy triumphs during her time in the cement..
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