Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy has revealed that a string of designers refused to design award show dresses for her. The actress told Redbook, “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers. Very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people, and they all said no.”

Melissa McCarthy Oscars DressMelissa McCarthy always looks a million dollars, despite snooty designers refusing to design an Oscars dress for her

McCarthy, who is the cousin of actress Jenny McCarthy, began acting in 1997 when she made an appearance on the latter’s self-titled NBC comedy series. Between 2000-2007 she worked on Gilmore Girls, in which she appeared as Sookie St. James. It was this role that first gained her recognition. When Gilmore Girls finished she starred alongside Christina Applegate on Samantha Who? before moving on to the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, winning an Emmy Award for her performance.

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Appearing in the 2011 comedy smash hit movie Bridesmaids really catapulted McCarthy into the limelight. It was for this role that she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as well as receiving nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA. You’ll probably be surprised to hear then, with a career as successful as this, that not a single designer that she approached agreed to design a dress for her. Rather than getting too down about it, McCarthy made the decision to design her own plus-size clothing line. She explained, “When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed.” Well, owning your own clothing line is certainly one way to avoid disappointment!

McCarthy is happily married to Ben Falcone, the air marshall with whom she filmed those hilarious scenes in Bridesmaids. The pair have been married for nine years and have two children together, 3 year old Georgette and 6 year old Vivian. McCarthy recalled a time recently that her eldest daughter asked her about being famous: “She asked me, ‘Are you famous?’” adding, “Famous doesn’t mean anything. Just because people know my face doesn’t mean they know us or that it makes us any more interesting or better.”

Melissa McCarthy Oscars DressMcCartny and husband Ben Falcone has been married for nine years

She also discussed finding fame later in life: “I see teenagers or people who are 21 and think, ‘I was an idiot at that age. I was running around New York like a crazy woman. Thank God I only had three-and-a-half cents to my name. I was too immature to handle success then.”

We sincerely hope that those designers who turned Melissa down when she asked for an awards dress feel ashamed of themselves!

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