The Life And Times Of One Of The Highest Paid Actresses In The World, Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy has defied Hollywood stereotypes and become one of the most successful women in the industry against all odds. There’s no denying that Melissa McCarthy is funny. This woman takes major comedy risks, and they almost always pay off.

Keep reading to learn more about how Melissa became the all-star comedienne that she is today. Whether you fell in love with her on Gilmore Girls, in Bridesmaids, or on SNL, Melissa McCarthy has stolen hearts and screens all over the world.

The Beginning

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Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois to Sandra and Michael McCarthy. (Actress and model Jenny McCarthy is her cousin!) Melissa was raised on a farm by a Catholic family.

She went to St. Francis Academy in Illinois and she started her career in entertainment by doing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and later in New York City. She practiced sketch comedy with The Groundlings, a famous improv troupe based in LA.