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Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy has been nominated several times for hosting "Saturday Night Live" and has won once.

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.

Saturday Night Live

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live."

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.

Film Review Bridesmaids

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.

Saturday Night Live Game Show

Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon as contestants during "Game Show" on "Saturday Night Live."

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.

WFilm Review The Heat

This film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox shows Sandra Bullock as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, right, and Melissa McCarthy as Boston Detective Shannon Mullins in a scene from "The Heat." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Gemma La Mana)

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.

Mike & Molly

Melissa McCarthy, who stars on "Mike & Molly," was a standout in "Bridesmaids."


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.

Film Title: The Boss

Melissa McCarthy, left, has her teeth whitened by Kristen Bell in a scene from  "The Boss."

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.


Melissa McCarthy is Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst, who volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster in "Spy."

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.



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