Melissa McCarthy started her career doing improvisational comedy at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, which is also where she met her husband Ben Falcone. She then went on to a successful run on the TV series “The Gilmore Girls” for seven seasons. She followed that up with other TV shows and small movie roles but it would be a return to The Groundlings crew that would launch her into super-stardom. Her former castmates Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo wrote a female gross-out comedy called “Bridesmaids” and cast McCarthy along with other Groundlings veterans Maya Rudolph and Wendi McLendon-Covey. The film would become a surprise hit in the genre which was usually dominated by men and even earn McCarthy an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress.
McCarthy found herself in a unique position in show business as just as “Bridesmaids” made her a movie star she had also just begun a new TV sitcom called “Mike and Molly” which would bring her a 2011 Emmy for Best Comedy Actress. McCarthy won an additional Emmy in 2017 as Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Saturday Night Live.” She earned a second Oscar bid in Best Actress for her dramatic turn in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018).
Let’s take a tour of McCarthy’s film work with her greatest 10 performances, ranked from worst to best, including “Spy” and “St. Vincent.”
– Original text and gallery published in May 2018.