Melissa McCarthy Helps Kick Off Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

Not that she needs any introduction, but the movie and TV star and newly-minted fashion designer Melissa McCarthy took time out of her crazy-busy schedule to stop by our flagship store in downtown Seattle last Friday, where she greeted customers and promoted her clothing collection, Melissa McCarthy Seven7.

Photos by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom

Let’s be honest: mixed in with the thrill at the prospect of meeting a favorite celebrity IN PERSON is the tiniest fear that the actor you’ve loved and laughed-so-hard-you’ve-cried watching—whose movies you OWN (even though you can watch them on Netflix)—will be nothing like her accessible on-screen persona in real life. But Melissa McCarthy did not disappoint. She was absolutely lovely—warm, down-to-earth, genuinely gracious and engaging with every single person she met—and there were many!

With DJ B.Two.Times spinning nearby, Melissa autographed pictures and CDs while she chatted and posed for snaps with a long line of customers and fans of all ages and genders. Her energy level never wavered, and she happily accommodated some playful pose requests.

After meeting the A-list icon, fans looked as if they were floating toward the exit, faces beaming and a bit dazed. The best way to describe the event? Pure joy.

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—Stefanie Frank