I for one loved Sookie and wished I had a best friend just like her.
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Melissa is often recognized for her layers of soft luscious waves and curls, her big dimples, sparkling eyes and smile that lights up any room.
The vivacious actress most recently played the role of Dena, Samantha's childhood friend of Sam on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? for two years from 2007 to 2009 until the series was sadly cancelled.
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Playing a best bud wasn't a new role for Melissa. Afterall, the much loved Sookie was Lorelai's (Lauren Graham) best friend on Gilmore Girls.
Melissa told the media she was a initially a little concerned when she landed the role of Dena on Samantha Who since she thought the role was very similar to Sookie from Gilmore Girls. Ultimately Melissa played Dena differently than the sweet and looney Sookie.
Melissa's take on Dena was darker than Sookie. Dena was known to tell a fib or too and she had an edge not found in the always-sweet Sookie.
Moving On From Role As The Best Bud
Now that Samantha Who? has been cancelled Melissa will move onto other roles. She told TVGuide.com in October of 2008 that she owns "like, 100 wigs". Why?
Melissa explained "For Groundlings, the improv theater. I wear them on-stage, and they're all mostly hideous. Bad short perm wigs, some mullets in there. Mostly it's the 55- to 60-year-old Midwestern woman hairdo. I have a strange amount of those!"
No doubt Melissa McCarthy will be having fun creating all sorts of new characters in her work in improv. She also will be appearing in some film roles.
More About Melissa McCarthy
A cousin of actress Jenny McCarthy, Melissa was born in Plainfield, Illinois which is a suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy (Formerly St. Francis Academy) in Joliet, IL. Her career started with stand-up comedy and includes film, television, and theater.
Melissa has had small roles in the films Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, Go, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible where she played DNAmy.
Melissa is a member of the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe. In 2007 she acted opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines, written and directed by John August. The talented brunette actress made a cameo appearance in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Melissa married her longtime boyfriend, actor Ben Falcone, on October 8, 2005. They have a daughter, Vivian, born May 5, 2007.
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