Oscar Actors: McCarthy, Melissa–First Nomination

Prior to earning a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for the 2011 ensemble comedy Bridesmaid, costarring Kristen Wiig, McCarthy was known to fans of The WB’s Gilmore Girls as lovable chef Sookie St. James and later as Molly Flynn on CBS’ Mike & Molly.

A cousin of actress Jenny McCarthy, the first-time Oscar nominee, 41, is developing a plus size clothing line when she’s not working on her next projects, which include Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up spinoff and a half-hour CBS comedy with husband Ben Falcone.

The Oscar nod helped her secure a major part in the 2013 Sandra Bullock comedy.