She was nominated for an Oscar for her scene-stealing performance in the comedy Bridesmaids and won an Emmy for her work alongside Billy Gardell in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.Here are five things you probably don't know about Melissa McCarthy.
1. Born a farmer's daughter in Plainfield, IL on August 26, 1970.
2. Cousin of actress and former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy.
3. Studied clothing and textiles in college with the goal of becoming a fashion designer, but eventually dropped out of school to pursue stand-up comedy. She has plans to launch her own plus-size clothing line.