Birth Name: Melissa Ann McCarthy
Place of Birth: Plainfield, Illinois
Date of Birth: August 26, 1970
Melissa McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer, fashion designer, and producer.
Melissa is the daughter of Sandra and Michael McCarthy. Her cousins are actress Jenny McCarthy and basketball player Joanne McCarthy. She grew up in a Catholic farming family. She is married to actor and director Ben Falcone.
In detailing Melissa’s ancestry, genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak described Melissa’s roots as approximately 69% Irish, 19% German, and 12% Colonial American (likely English).
Melissa’s paternal grandfather was Michael McCarthy (born Michael Carty, the son of Thomas Carty and Sarah Owens). Michael was from Currygranny, in the Newtownforbes area of County Longford.
Melissa’s paternal grandmother was Ann/Anne O’Reilly (the daughter of John O’Reilly and Sarah). Ann was born in Scotland, as were her own parents, though all of their own parents were Irish.
Two of Melissa’s maternal great-grandparents were Daniel P. Moore and Bessie M. Dagenhart. Daniel was the son of John W. Moore and Catherine/Kath/Kate Condon, both of whom were born in Illinois, both of them to Irish parents. Bessie was the daughter of Peter H. Dagenhart, who was born in Illinois, to German parents, and of Anna/Hannah Daley, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents.
Genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on Melissa’s ancestry – http://www.megansmolenyak.com
Melissa’s maternal great-grandfather, Daniel P. Moore, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Melissa’s maternal great-grandmother, Bessie M. Dagenhart, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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