Melissa McCarthy: Big Win for a Big Beautiful Lady

Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy hit it big Sunday night when she captured an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Molly Flynn on the year-old CBS sitcom. One couldn’t help but love the mock beauty pageant format with the nominees linking arms and Melissa receiving a tiara when she was named the winner. Not expecting to win (there were quite a few talented ladies who were nominated, after all), she didn’t even prepare a speech beforehand. Still, the segment was very charming.

I don’t think I’ve been so delighted about an actress whose appearance is outside the typical “cookie cutter” type since Camryn Manheim scored an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy back in 1998 for her portrayal of Ellenor Frutt in The Practice (Remember the “This is for the fat girls!” speech?). Both prove in my book what many of us suspected all along – a woman doesn’t have to squeeze into a size 2 dress to have their actual talents recognized.

I also considered Melissa McCarthy’s win karma to Maura Kelly’s October 2010 Marie Claire blog post, Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?), slamming both the show and plus-size community.

Kelly’s blog post spurned controversy among its readers – Mark Roberts, Mike &Molly’s creator among them. Even Sharon Osbourne canceled her subscription to Marie Claire.

An apology later appeared on Kelly’s for the “insensitive comments,” in wake of its backlash reactions, but my guess is that move was ordered by editors trying to save face. Still, with Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy win last night, I wonder what dear Ms. Kelly thinks about the show these days. Is she also “grossed out” by Melissa’s win?

Another recent role of Melissa’s was the bawdy Megan in Bridesmaids, which appeared with real-life husband Ben Falcone. She’s also held roles in The Nines, Charlie’s Angels, The Back-up Plan, and Life as We Know It.

She’s not resting on her laurels, however. According to a September 19 Reuters report, Melissa, 41, is creating a new yet-untitled series for CBS, a multi-camera comedy revolving a woman starting her life over after a midlife crisis. She will be both co-executive producer and writer with Falcone.

I’m going to keep a closer eye on this large and lovely actress. I have a feeling she has many more big plans for the future, and kudos to the Emmys for focusing on her talent rather than dress size.

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