Melissa McCarthy gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Melissa McCarthy honoured with Hollywood Star.

The 44-year-old Bridesmaids actress was joined by her husband and frequent collaborator Ben Falcone for the ceremony, as well as talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Paul Feig, who directed her in The Heat, Bridesmaids and her new film Spy. “It was emotional… it is kind of overwhelming.

Funnywoman Melissa McCarthy was immortalised on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Tuesday, adding her name to the star-studded stretch of Tinseltown sidewalk honouring the entertainment industry.Melissa McCarthy’s first notable role was in TV’s Gilmore Girls, as a compulsively inventive cook, Sookie, who was a perfectionist to a fault but not what you’d call a confrontational character. McCarthy, 44, an Oscar nominee for her turn in 2011 comedy Bridesmaids, became the 2,552nd recipient of a star on Hollywood Boulevard at a ceremony attended by family and friends including husband Ben Falcone and comic Ellen DeGeneres. “I can’t believe what’s happening,” McCarthy told wellwishers. “It’s like a fever dream,” she added, paying tribute to the support shown by her parents when she decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. “I’m not sure why they did it, I have no idea. But every time I said ‘I’m going to quit college and do stand-up’, my mum and dad said, ‘Great, work really hard at it, you can probably do it,’” she said. “They continued to say that for the 20 years it took me to actually do it steadily …

It was a ferocious, attention-grabbing performance, and it launched her into a succession of comedy lead roles, playing forceful, combative, unpredictable figures in movies such as The Heat and Identity Theft. I’m married to him in the dream and we have two kids and I don’t think anybody is going to believe me.’ “If I had told myself any of these things 10 years ago I would have assumed I was having a nervous breakdown. I cannot be more delighted this is real.” Asked how she was preparing for a movie with such high expectations, she said: “We are diving in, 100 per cent full throttle. Somehow, that worked.” Born in Chicago in 1970, McCarthy began her career as a stand-up comic in New York before finding regular television work in the 2000-2007 show Gilmore Girls and the 2007-2009 comedy Mike & Molly, which earned her an Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy. At the beginning of the film, she’s an office-bound CIA analyst, Susan Cooper, quick-thinking but self-effacing, who assists agents by keeping them under close surveillance.

She is dedicated, above all, to supporting the Bond-suave Bradley Fine (Jude Law) in every aspect of his life, from helping him dodge bullets to picking up his laundry. Susan turns out to be the only agent whose identity has not been compromised, and it’s her chance to go into the field and avenge the memory of Bradley. She’s a little disappointed in the new identities she is given, and her spyware is concealed in resolutely daggy and unglamorous packages: stool-softening tablets, haemorrhoid cream. Allison Janney plays Susan’s deadpan boss; Miranda Hart is her excited co-worker, and Byrne (who was also in Bridesmaids) revels in playing a snooty villain with a patronising streak.

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