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Biography #2A natural born comedian with credits that include film, television, stand-up and theater experience, Melissa McCarthy makes her television series regular debut in Gilmore Girls.
Born and raised in Plainfield, Ill. just outside of Chicago, McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage, performing stand up in New York at The Improv and Stand Up New York. At the same time, she received dramatic training from The Actors Studio in New York and starred in a variety of stage productions throughout the city.
Since moving to Los Angeles, McCarthy's quick wit gets a workout as a member of The Groundlings Sunday Co. comedy and improv cast.
In addition to sketch comedy, her recent feature film work includes the upcoming romantic comedy The Third Wheel, in which McCarthy portrays Ben Affleck's office buddy with a heart of gold and a hyper-giggling enthusiasm for Affleck's matchmaking adventures. She has also recently appeared in The Kid with Bruce Willis, Charlie Angels, Drowning Mona and Go. McCarthy also starred in John August's independent short film, God, as a young woman having gossipy phone conversations and a short-lived spat with the Almighty.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)