Melissa McCarthy
United States

On The Day Productions



McCarthy broke all the rules en route to becoming one of Hollywood’s most bankable comic stars, a tour de force who went from scene-stealing supporting actress to A-list celebrity. Despite the underwhelming performance of 2016’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, McCarthy’s eight-figure upfront proved studios are willing to pay for her star power, which grows with each funny flick -from “Bridesmaids” to “The Heat” to “Spy” to, recently, “Life of the Party.” She has revisited her TV roots following her Emmy-winning run on CBS’ “Mike & Molly,” making a big splash on “Saturday Night Live” with a right-on parody of Sean Spicer, which also earned her an Emmy nod. She appeared in Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” reboot and exec-produced the two seasons of TV Land’s “Nobodies.”




  • Southern Illinois University–Carbondale (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Women's Impact
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Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Vintage typewriters and forged letters might seem like unusual decor for New York’s SVA Theatre, but there could be no better tribute to Lee Israel, the subject of the new Melissa McCarthy-led biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which premiered there on Sunday. Israel was a biographer of celebrated women who turned to forging and selling letters from her literary heroes when her own career hit a standstill.“The city is full of people that we often don’t bother to look at...


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