I'll be honest and say that I never really knew all too much about Melissa McCarthy until @ButterflyBlu suggested that I make her my next Funny Girl of the Day - and all I have to say is WOW, what a really, truly cool person.
She's accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, and it's been inspiring seeing how she was able to create a niche for herself instead of trying to fit what everyone else expected of her.
I hope you Ladies' Weekers enjoy and learn something new about her! Melissa McCarthy is seriously badass!
Jenny McCarthy is her first cousin.
Melissa and Jenny, the former co-host of 'The View' (and 'Singled Out' for those of you who are old enough to remember), are related! In fact, Melissa made her on-screen debut as a guest star on Jenny's 1997 NBC comedy series, 'Jenny'.
She's the third highest-paid actress in the world.
It's true! According to this years Forbes list, Melissa is narrowly behind Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence - landing her at an estimated $23 million. Not too shabby.
She was voted 'Most Punk' in her high school yearbook.
She began her first few years at St. Francis Academy as a cheerleader for the school's football team, but took a 'goth turn' senior year, completely changing her image. I guess the other students noticed the difference!
She studied Fashion Design at Southern Illinois University - and now has her own clothing line!
Sure, everyone's got their own clothing line these days, but did everyone study it in college too? The 'Melissa McCarthy Seven' line is sold exclusively through HSN, but offers sizes 4 - 28, catering to women of all shapes and sizes!
Her husband was Air Marshal John in 'Bridesmaids'.
Ben Falcone, aka Air Marshal John aka Melissa's husband, met Melissa when they were both attending a writing class at the famous Groundlings comedy school and theater back in 1998. The rest, you can say, is history!
Do you love Melissa too?
Let me know all about your favorite Melissa moments, and look forward to tomorrow's Funny Girl Facts!
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