As her latest film, "Life of the Party," is about to open, it's a good time to look back at the best of Melissa McCarthy's career.
1. Sean Spicer, “Saturday Night Live.” McCarthy won an Emmy, largely based on her recurring work as the former White House press secretary. Now when folks hear his name, they see her image.
2. Megan, “Bridesmaids.” As the alt-bridesmaid, fans got a chance to see just how versatile she is. The work earned her an Oscar nomination.
3. Assorted characters, “Saturday Night Live.” A member of the five-timers club (those who’ve hosted five or more times), she has created a galaxy of memorable characters, including the hotheaded coach, the test-market ranch dressing lover and the aging actress.
4. Mullins, “The Heat.” With Sandra Bullock, McCarthy was able to show just how different she could be each time out. While she loves to play Midwestern moms, she’s really good at characters that aren’t afraid to use unmom-like words.
5. Molly, “Mike and Molly.” As one-half of the sitcom couple, McCarthy got big laughs out of little situations. Surrounded by scene-stealers, she still managed to shine.
6. Sookie St. James, “Gilmore Girls.” McCarthy’s first big introduction lingered long after she had eclipsed others on the show. When producers decided to reboot it, the big question was, “Will Sookie be there?” The answer: Yes.
7. Maggie, “St. Vincent.” In one of her most dramatic roles, McCarthy still wrested attention away from star Bill Murray. The work bodes well for her next big film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” a drama.
8. Michelle Darnell, “The Boss.” While the movie had more downs than ups, McCarthy was consistently good as a business mogul who loses everything and has to bake her way back to success.
9. Susan Cooper, “Spy.” As a CIA analyst, McCarthy got to take advantage of her stunt skills when she was asked to infiltrate the world of an arms dealer. Her best bit was dressing as a middle-aged Midwesterner. Of course.