All about Melissa McCarthy, top actress in 'Starling' and 'Nine Perfect Strangers'

'The Starling', new movie with Melissa McCarthy
A stand-out performance by McCarthy
One of the 'Nine Perfect Strangers'
Hollywood fame
Melissa McCarthy's net worth
Not always an aspiring actress
Seven7: her plus-size clothing line
Melissa wanted to 'build a better closet' for herself!
'You look much better when you're comfy'
Miss Y
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls, the reunion!
An unhealthy diet
Melissa McCarthy slams body shaming
Body-positive
Mike & Molly
Awarded with an Emmy in 2011
Saturday Night Live
A memorable SNL performance
To Mothers... everywhere
Bridesmaids (2011)
McCarthy stole the show
Method acting went a bit too far!
Improvising the entire character's life on the day of shooting
Melissa and Sandra Bullock
Dressing up for Halloween together
Happily married
A big project that earned McCarthy an Oscar nomination
Taking over from Julianne Moore
Thunder Force (2021)
Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)
'The Starling', new movie with Melissa McCarthy

The successful comedy actress Melissa McCarthy, appears in 'The Starling,' (written by Matt Harris), a movie released in cinemas and on Netflix in September 2021.

A stand-out performance by McCarthy

Although the premise to the film carries a dark and painful undertone, the actress creates an all-round character, finding the light moments within the character's story. McCarthy's multi-dimensional 'Lilly' suffers a tragic loss and tries to overcome the guilt, whilst being pestered and hounded by a pesky starling throughout the film.

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One of the 'Nine Perfect Strangers'

McCarthy is also shining in the Hulu series 'Nine Perfect Strangers,' where she plays a troubled author who's trying to find happiness at a wellness retreat led by 'guru' Nicole Kidman.

Hollywood fame

It took her more than a decade to get her big break in Hollywood, but today Melissa McCarthy is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

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Melissa McCarthy's net worth

In 2020 as the fourth highest-paid actress in the world. Today she has an estimated net worth of $90 million, according to Celebrity net worth.

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Not always an aspiring actress

Melissa McCarthy had completely different career aspirations before she became an actress — she was more interested in fashion.

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Seven7: her plus-size clothing line

McCarthy studied Textiles at Southern Illinois University and later attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Today, she has her own clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, for plus-size women.

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Melissa wanted to 'build a better closet' for herself!

The actress told People, "I started this line because I wanted to know: Where are the normal clothes? This really is a selfish venture. I wanted to build a better closet for myself."

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'You look much better when you're comfy'

"You look much better when you're comfy," she added. "From grade school until age 20, I had one thought in my head, which was doing women's clothing. To get to come back to it, is kind of crazy. It's pretty dreamy."

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Miss Y

After studying at university, McCarthy started to work. Not as an actress, but as a drag performer in comedy stand-up shows. In 2017, she revealed her drag name was Miss Y.

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Gilmore Girls

Melissa McCarthy started her career in television and film in the late 1990s and gained recognition as Sookie St. James on the tv series Gilmore Girls (2000–2007). The actress appeared in all 153 episodes of its run.

Gilmore Girls, the reunion!

Melissa McCarthy and Lauren Graham - Sookie St. James and Lorelai Gilmore - got together again before the pandemic hit in February 2020 and shared a selfie on social media. “It’s only taken 20 years for my growth spurt but I’m finally taller than LG!!” McCarthy wrote as a caption to the photo of them both smiling. (However, McCarthy still remains 7 inches shorter than Graham!)

An unhealthy diet

It's not just the height that (seemingly!) changed after 'Gilmore Girls', the actress also went on a huge weight loss project. She shred around 70 pounds in just four months on an all-liquid diet. "I’d never do that again. I felt starved and crazy half the time," she said.

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Melissa McCarthy slams body shaming

“Women come in all sizes. Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange,” she told Refinery29.

Body-positive

Melissa is a body positivity activist, and in 2016, she shared an empowering message on Instagram: “We have to stop categorizing and judging women based on their bodies. We are teaching young girls to strive for unattainable perfection instead of feeling healthy and happy in their own skin," she wrote, adding this quote by Gloria Steinem at the end: "Imagine we are linked not ranked."

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Mike & Molly

Melissa McCarthy was back to her normal self after her fad diet and shone when she took the lead role as Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom 'Mike & Molly' (2010–2016). It earned her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011.

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Awarded with an Emmy in 2011

The description of the series says it all, "Michael Biggs, an overweight police officer, meets Molly Flynn, a school teacher, at a Chicago Overeater's Anonymous group." As with all McCarthy's productions, it's a good giggle.

Saturday Night Live

The actress really stole the spotlight in the popular TV show 'Saturday Night Live'. McCarthy's appearances as a host of SNL earned her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017. She was nominated for an Emmy for every single one of her appearances individually.

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A memorable SNL performance

One of her most memorable moments on the show is when she chose a woman, Joan, from the audience and then proceeded to give her a tour of back stage. It was a moment of genius and the act completely stole the show, as she revealed the backstage llamas, found ketchup from the concierge and bumped into Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

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To Mothers... everywhere

Before the tour she had asked all the mothers in the audience to stand up, saying, “Every single one of these ladies who stood up has not been to the bathroom alone since they gave birth. All of our purses are filled with weird old cracker crumbs and dirty Purell bottles.” Many could say she hit the nail on the head with that one!

Bridesmaids (2011)

Her best appearance in film has to be 'Bridesmaids,' the comedy that's nothing short of brilliant. Every moment is completely awkward and cringeworthy whilst being roll-on-the-floor funny. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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McCarthy stole the show

Everyone who has seen Bridesmaids, knows that McCarthy's character stole almost every scene she was in. And, according to the actress herself, the character is based on a real person.

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Method acting went a bit too far!

“Really, when I first read it, the first person I thought of was Guy Fieri from the Food Network. I wanted to do the shirt, the Kangol," McCarthy told  Vulture Magazine. "Every scene I would have my glasses on the back of my head. I tried for a long time to convince them to let me wear short, white, spiky hair, and they were like, ‘You can’t actually be Guy Fieri.’ Cut it off at some point!"

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Improvising the entire character's life on the day of shooting

Paul Fieg, director of the hit film, revealed that Melissa had in fact completely ad-libbed one of the most memorable scenes in the film. When her character, Meghan, went round to Annie's (Kristen Wiig) home to persuade her to reconcile with her best friend after the big fall-out, she made the whole thing up. "She added in the stuff like how rich she is, having the clearance codes, firecrackers thrown at her head," Feig said. "That was all stuff she came up with when we shot on the day." And it fit perfectly.

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Melissa and Sandra Bullock

Melissa McCarthy played in several successful comedies, including 'Identity Thief', 'The Heat', 'Tammy', 'St. Vincent', 'Spy', and 'The Boss'. She's very good friends with Sandra Bullock, whom she got to know on the set of 'The Heat.'

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Dressing up for Halloween together

Melissa and Sandra now often have play dates with their children at each others' homes. They also like to dress up for Halloween, as you can see in this photo!

Happily married

Melissa has been married to actor and filmmaker, Ben Falcone, since 2005. They have two daughters together, Georgette and Vivian. McCarthy's husband has made several cameos in her movies like 'Bridesmaids' (the Air Marshall!), 'The Heat,' and 'The Boss.' McCarthy has often commented on her happy, peaceful personal life.

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A big project that earned McCarthy an Oscar nomination

After a series of less successful comedy films, McCarthy received critical acclaim for her portrayal of writer Lee Israel in the biographical film 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' (2018). It was the actress' first portrayal of a real-life person and it earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Taking over from Julianne Moore

The role wasn't initially meant for Melissa McCarthy. Initially, Julianne Moore was set to play the role, but her and the director's ideas about the character were very different. Eventually she was fired and McCarthy put in to take her place.

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Thunder Force (2021)

Melissa McCarthy joined Octavia Spencer in this superhero film where two childhood friends reunite, obtain super powers and save the world. The film was her fifth directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. Although it didn't go down too well with the critics, they all agreed that there is no 'extinguishing' the talent that McCarthy has.

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Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)

Together with Nicole Kidman and other known actors like Michael Shannon and Bobby Cannavale, McCarthy plays 'Nine Perfect Strangers' who enter a ten-day retreat together and find themselves and each other getting totally out of control. The series is available on Amazon, with one episode released every week in the autumn of 2021.

Photo: McCarthy with Nicole Kidman during the shooting of the series, Instagram/@melissamccarthy

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