She has us laughing until we cry, sniffing out Air Marshalls and stealing puppies, but this month, Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy gets serious. It turns out, while on the hunt for the ideal Academy Awards gown back in 2012, multiple fashion bigwigs sent her packing.

“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,” she tells Redbook. How did the famous actress take the news? Well, by showing up looking nothing short of fabulous. Oh, and launching her own plus-size clothing line.

I’m sure those designers are kicking themselves.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 5, 2014

The Oscars are but a few hours away – and we can hardly wait. After preparing for the viewing party and filling out the ballots, the next best thing (aside from the platters of finger food) is the red-carpet arrivals. So we had to ask: If you were invited to the awards ceremony, what type of gown would you go for?

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What's your red carpet style?

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 24, 2013