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Barbra Jean in Reba
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Melissa Margaret Peterman (born July 1, 1971) is an American actress who is best-known from her performance as Barbra Jean in Reba. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with theater as one of her majors, she was cast as Madeline Monroe in Hey City Theater`s production of Tony n` Tina`s Wedding. After more than 600 performances, she went on to work as a writer and performer at the improvisational comedy theater The Brave New Workshop, which boasts such alumni as Louie Anderson, Peter Tolan and Al Franken. While with the Brave New Workshop, she also performed at the Chicago Improv Festival and the Big Stink Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas.
Film and television
Peterman made her film debut as "Hooker #2" in the Coen brothers` Oscar-winning 1996 movie Fargo. She has also appeared in the comedies Recipe for Disaster and How High with Fred Willard, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray, and Method Man.
In 2001, Peterman landed a starring role on the long-running sitcom Reba, alongside country singer Reba McEntire, playing the new woman in the life of Reba`s former husband, Brock. Her character "Barbra Jean" was a nutty woman who is mother to young "Henry." The series came to an end in 2007.
Peterman remains loyal to her comic roots as the host of 15 Minutes of Fem, a comedy showcase for women presented at the Egyptian Theatre. She continues to write her own material and has a one-woman show in the works.
On television, she appeared in the Oxygen sketch comedy show Running With Scissors and guest-starred on Just Shoot Me! and The Pitts.
During her summer hiatus from Reba, Peterman hosted The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long, reprising her hosting gig from last summer`s The Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Peterman can also be seen on the World Cup Comedy Challenge television series and on a celebrity edition of Trading Spaces with her Reba husband, Christopher Rich.
Melissa Peterman also plays Mrs. Splitz in Ned`s Declassified School Survival Guide.
On October 15, 2007, melissapeterman.net announced that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Peterman had been cast in a comedy that had been ordered to pilot but had not yet been picked up to air. The comedy is untitled and also stars Cedric the Entertainer and is being produced for ABC. The pilot was taped on October 30, 2007 at the ABC Studio Center in Studio City, California. In December it was announced that the actors had been secured, indicating that the network was still interested. On May 13, 2008, ABC announced that it did not pick up the pilot.
Peterman recently hosted four episodes of the new show CMT Comedy Stage. While no official confirmation has been given, it is speculated that the series has been canceled after a short run of only 8 episodes.
Melissa returned to CMT on July 18 to host Redneck Dreams. It has been said that if fans show enough support, CMT may order more episodes beyond the initial 1-episode order.
Melissa will appear in two episodes of ABC`s new show, Wanna Bet? as part of the celebrity panel. Her appearances will air July 28 and August 4.
Melissa Margaret Peterman (born July 1, 1971) is an American actress and comedienne who is best known for her role as Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba. Currently, Peterman stars as Bonnie Wheeler in the ABC Family series Baby Daddy, and as host of ABC Family's Dancing Fools, ABC's Bet on Your Baby, and CMT's The Singing Bee.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.