The actress has come a long way since her days playing Sookie
McCarthy made her feature film debut with a supporting role in “Go,” directed by Doug Liman.
“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (2000)
The actress had a small role as Doris, a woman flirting with Jimmy Bosley at the crime scene.
“Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007)
McCarthy was cast as Sookie St. James, the best friend of Lorelai Gilmore, in the WB television series. The series ended in 2007, and McCarthy was not asked to return for the reboot announced in February.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2004)
McCarthy played a saleswoman in an episode titled “The Surrogate,” in which Larry David gets a heart monitor and uses the device to get out of uncomfortable situations.
In 2005, McCarthy married Ben Falcone, fellow actor and future “Bridesmaids” co-star (seen here at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival).
“Mike & Molly” (2010-2015)
“Mike & Molly” premiered on CBS in 2010 and starred McCarthy and Billy Gardell as a couple who fall in love. The show was cancelled in January 2016.
“Bridesmaids” no doubt put Melissa McCarthy on the map as she starred as Megan Price, Maya Rudolph‘s vulgar sister-in-law. The film became a pop culture phenomenon and also starred Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.
McCarthy even earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “Bridesmaids,” and presented at the 2012 ceremony with co-star Rose Byrne.
“This Is 40” (2012)
“Identity Thief” (2013)
The film was a surprise hit at the box office, debuting to $34.5 million and grossing $134.5 million although it received terrible reviews. Jason Bateman starred in the film about a man getting his identity stolen by a woman.
The film, which received mixed reviews, had McCarthy in the role of a recently-unemployed woman who goes on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother. The film made $84.5 million domestically.
“St. Vincent” (2014)
“The Boss” (2016)
McCarthy stars as a disgraced industry titan who goes to prison for insider trading. She then tries to redeem herself by starting a new empire with brownies.