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Emmys 2011: Melissa McCarthy wins lead comedy actress

September 18, 2011 |  5:48 pm

Melissa McCarthy 
Melissa McCarthy won her first Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series on Sunday for her role as Molly Flynn on the CBS hit "Mike & Molly." McCarthy, 41, played the role of Sookie St. James on the WB series "Gilmore Girls" from 2001-07 and Deana on the 2007-09 ABC comedy "Samatha Who?"

She won many more fans earlier this year as the outrageous, man-crazy Megan in the box-office smash "Bridesmaids," earning a Teen Choice Award nomination for best Scene Stealer Female.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is being televised live on Fox TV. 

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-- Susan King

Photo: Melissa McCarthy at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Credit: Chris Pizzello / AP

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