Melissa is now one of the most adored comedic actresses in the world after spending nearly 20 years trying to break into the entertainment industry. She is best recognized for her work on the hit television series “Mike & Molly” and the comedies “Bridesmaids” (2011), “The Heat” (2013), and “Tammy” (2014). (2010-2016).
She consistently ranks among the world's highest-paid actresses. When “Mike & Molly” was on the air, Melissa frequently made $15 million or more from her various jobs. Thanks to appearances in films like Ghostbusters, Melissa alone made over $33 million in 2015.
Melissa made $18 million between July 2016 and July 2017. She earned $12 million the following year (the first year “Mike & Molly” was no longer airing). Between September 2019 and September 2020, Melissa's earnings skyrocketed thanks to roles in movies and shows on HBO, Netflix, and NBC. She earned about $25 million during this time period.
Early years and professional beginnings
On August 26, 1970, Melissa Ann McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois. She is related to both professional basketball player Joanne McCarthy and actress Jenny McCarthy. After completing her education at St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois, she went on to Southern Illinois University to pursue a degree in textiles.
She made the publicized decision to relocate to New York at the age of 20, when she had less than $5 in her checking account, in order to pursue a career in acting. She soon relocated to Los Angeles, where she started doing stand-up comedy and was a part of the improv comedy group The Groundings.
Acting Career McCarthy made her debut on television in an episode of her cousin Jenny McCarthy's NBC comedy series “Jenny.” She continued to act, making appearances in films like “Go” (1999), “Drowning Mona” (2000), “The Kid” (2000), “Charlie's Angels” (2000), “The Third Wheel” (2002), and “The Life of David Gale” (2003).
She was also given the role of Sookie St. James in the “Gilmore Girls” season 1 cast during this time. From 2000 to 2007, she participated in 153 episodes of the program. Additionally, she reprised her role as Sookie in the Netflix original film “Gilmore Girls: A Year on the Life,” which debuted in November 2016.
She later went on to star in the movies “The Nines,” “The Captain,” “Just Add Water,” “Pretty Ugly People,” and the ABC sitcom “Samantha Who?” (2007–2009).
McCarthy played Molly Flynn, a fourth-grade teacher, in the CBS comedy “Mike & Molly,” opposite Bill Gardell, from 2010 to 2016. She won her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2011 for her performance as Molly.
In 2011, McCarthy appeared in the comedy “Bridesmaids” with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
This role earned McCarthy her first Academy Award nomination. For her appearances on “Saturday Night Live” from 2011 to 2017, she was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She won the award in 2017.
Among the other movies McCarthy has acted in are “Identity Thief” (2013), “The Heat” (2013), “Tammy” (2014), for which she also co-wrote the script, “St. Vincent” (2014), “Spy” (2015), for which she received her first Golden Globe Award nomination, “The Boss” (2016), “Ghostbusters” (2016), and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2016), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Melissa was among the top 10 highest paid actresses in the world between August 2017 and August 2018, earning $12 million from her various projects.
On the Day Productions was established in 2013 by production McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. The $20 million film “Tammy” (2014) was the company's first undertaking.
The Boss (2016), Life of the Party (2018), The Happytime Murders (2018), Superintelligence (2020), Thunder Force (TBA), Margie Claus (TBA), and the television series “Nobodies” are among the company's additional production credits (2017-2018).
Prior to starting her acting career, McCarthy originally intended to pursue a career in fashion. She teamed up with Sunrise Brands to produce and manufacture Melissa McCarthy Seven7, her first clothing line, after becoming well-known for her acting. The clothing line caters to plus-size women and comes in sizes up to 28. On the Home Shopping Network, it made its debut in August 2015.
In October 2005, McCarthy wed her longtime partner, actor Ben Falcone. Georgette (born in 2007) and Vivian (born in 2007) are their two daughters (born 2010).
In McCarthy's numerous TV and film projects, such as “Gilmore Girls,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Tammy,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” and “The Boss,” Falcone frequently makes cameo appearances.
McCarthy has lost about 75 lbs (35 kg) since the beginning of “Mike and Molly” through diet and consistent exercise.
Melissa resembles a real estate tycoon. An overview of a few of her properties is provided below:
Melissa and her husband paid $2.4 million in March 2020 for a newly built house in Valley Village, a suburb of Los Angeles. They already own a much bigger house in a place called Toluca Lake not too far from this one.
For $780,000, they purchased their first house in Toluca Lake in 2009. They also have a custom-built home in Toluca Lake, which was built on a plot of land they paid $3.5 million for in 2012.
A house in Los Feliz, California that Ben and Melissa previously owned was sold in 2009 for $2.5 million.
What are Melissa McCarthy's earnings and net worth?
Melissa McCarthy, an actress and comedian from the United States, has a net worth of $90 million.