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Melissa McCarthy

Emmy-winning actress Melissa McCarthy brought a sugar-buzz sweetness to her turns as likable if occasionally over-excitable young women on series like "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/The CW, 2001-07), "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Mike and Molly" (CBS, 2010-16). A veteran stand-up and improvisational comic, she burst onto the scene as Sookie St. James, best friend to Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) on "Gilmore," and played variants of the role in subsequent series and feature films like "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) and "Life as We Know It" (2010). Her starring turn on "Molly" as a an overweight teacher who finds herself in a relationship with a similarly rotund policeman (Billy Gardell) was a fine showcase for her talents, and signaled the launch of her career as leading lady. Meanwhile, she continued to shine in a number of high-profile supporting roles, particularly in the hit female-driven comedy from Judd Apatow, "Bridesmaids" (2011), in which she displayed her exceptional gifts for physical comedy and demonstrated that when it came to scene-stealing, she had few comedic peers. That film, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, made her one of the most successful movie comedians of her generation, leading to hits including further collaborations with "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig, including "The Heat" (2013), "Spy" (2015) and "Ghostbusters" (2016), as well as smaller films like the comedy-drama "St. Vincent" (2014), in which she starred opposite Bill Murray.
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