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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone On "The Boss"

By: Donna Freydkin

Melissa McCarthy knows it when she sees it.

When the superstar actress first created blowhard business titan Michelle Darnell during her early days with the Groundlings in Los Angeles, she had a vision for the woman. Shellacked hair. Turtlenecks. Makeup that never smudges, no matter what.

"Sixteen years ago was the first time I did her. I love that kind of confidence," says McCarthy. "She's harsh. She's demanding. There's a powerful, positive thing behind it."

Her appeal was clear: "Michelle meant the best and even when she was doing things incredibly wrong, the intention was good. I kept my love for her," says McCarthy.

Now, her fully-realized vision is in theaters as "The Boss," opening Friday. McCarthy co-wrote the script and her husband and co-scribe (along with Steve Mallory) Ben Falcone directed the movie. The two have their own production company now, and an actual office where they work.

"For a while we worked out of a backroom in our house with our kids crawling on us," says Falcone, who has two daughters with McCarthy.

The story centers around a woman who's rich and mean, and gets her comeuppance when she loses her fortune and goes to jail. But like a scarlet-lipped phoenix, armed with brownies, she rises again. Michelle has been long in development, with a detailed, specific outline written and shopped around seven years ago. "We tried to get people to hear the pitch. We had no takers," says McCarthy. "No one wanted my goods."

That's changed, with McCarthy being one of the most lauded and in-demand comedic actors working today; she's in the all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," and last year's "Spy" was a smash.

"She works harder than anybody I know. She literally sets the bar," says Falcone.

But here's something you likely didn't know about McCarthy.

"She never checks her email," says Falcone.

"I have something like 14,000 emails," says McCarthy. "I still write letters. I'm a dinosaur."

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Melissa McCarthy, star of 'Gilmore Girls,' is currently appearing at the Groundling Theater on the weekends. For My Favorite Weekend column. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 11: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the WB Network's 2003 Winter Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on January 11, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy during Behind The Scenes Of 'The Gilmore Girls' at The Academy Of Arts And Sciences Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Medium shot of Melissa McCarthy as Sookie and Lauren Graham as Lorelai. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actress Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone arrive for the premiere of 'The Nines' at the Eccles Theatre during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2007 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, California (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives to the premiere of 'Just Add Water' at the Directors Guild of America on March 18, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre ('Two and a Half Men,' 'The Big Bang Theory') about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Billy Gardell plays Mike Biggs, a cop, and Melissa McCarthy portrays fourth-grade teacher Molly Flynn. MIKE & MOLLY will premiere this Fall, Mondays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
Actors Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell attend the 2010 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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