Melissa McCarthy

female actress and comedian

Early Life

Born on August 26, 1970, in Plain field, Illinois, Melissa Ann McCarthy is the daughter of Sandra and Michael McCarthy, Irish-Catholic farmers. McCarthy graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois, and moved to New York to begin her career as a stand up comedian, appearing at famous clubs such as Stand Up New York and The Improve. While in the city, McCarthy trained at The Actor's Studio and performed in various stage productions. In the late 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles.
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Comedy to me is all about the bumps and bruises and weird tics.
Melissa McCarthy Discusses Her Childhood
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's First Comedy Sketch Went Great