Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at People's Choice Awards

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters"  - Getty-H 2018
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The 'Ghostbusters' actress will receive the first People’s Icon award.

Melissa McCarthy will receive the inaugural People's Icon award at the E! People's Choice Awards on Sunday.

The actress is being honored for her television and film work, which includes playing the titular character on the sitcom Mike and Molly, as well as her roles in Spy, Ghostbusters and Bridesmaids. McCarthy has won two Emmys, for best lead actress in a comedy series for Mike and Molly and best guest actress in a comedy series for her appearances as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live. She also garnered an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids.

McCarthy currently stars in the biographical drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? as real-life forger Lee Israel, and played a detective in the puppet comedy The Happytime Murders, released earlier this year.

“Melissa McCarthy is a multi-talented actor, writer, producer and director and who has starred in some of the most iconic movies and television shows of the past decade,” said Jen Neal, executive producer of live events and executive vp marketing at E! “She is beloved by the people, and we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting or deserving to honor as the People’s Icon of 2018.”

McCarthy has also won four People’s Choice Awards, three in the comedic movie actress category and one in the comedic TV actress category.

The kudocast will be broadcast live on Sunday from 9-11 p.m. from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. It is produced by Wilshire Studios and Den of Thieves, with executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager.