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Rachel Melvin (born February 9, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Chelsea Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives since May 2005. Melvin was born in Elmhurst, Illinois but moved to Phoenix, Arizona at age four. She was raised in Phoenix. She has an older sister named Jessica. She graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2003. She passed up a full scholarship to college so that she could move to California to pursue an acting career. Rachel went to the casino in Phoenix one night and won six hundred dollars playing bingo. It was the night before they changed the legal gambling age from 18 to 21. She used her money to move to Los Angeles. She took acting classes every weekend. Her idols include Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Parker, Anne Hathaway, Cynthia Nixon and Toni Colette.
She landed her first acting job in the 2005 independent film Boo. She later won the role of Georgia LaMarque, a French girl whom Bo and Billie had been falsely led to believe was their daughter on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives, but only appeared in five episodes. Months later she took over the role of Chelsea Brady (originally portrayed by Mandy Musgrave). She and her dog were recently seen on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, when she was randomly interviewed at a gas station for a segment. Melvin has also guest-starred on Summerland, Jack & Bobby and 8 Simple Rules. With her family, she has also appeared on Family Feud.
She has an older sister named Jessica. She now resides in Los Angeles, California. Melvin is a supporter of the American Diabetes Association, as well as various animal charities.
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Rachel Melvin (born February 9, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Chelsea Brady on Days of Our Lives (2005–2009) and as Penny in Dumb and Dumber To.
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Actress Rachel Melvin's decision to enter show business can be traced to a most unusual circumstance. The Phoenix resident harbored dreams of acting from early childhood, and found herself torn between accepting a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State University and moving to Los Angeles to make it as an actress. At the last minute, a massive Bingo win at a Las Vegas casino enabled Melvin to pay for Los Angeles-area acting classes in full, and she took this a sign that acting should be her life's calling. Indeed, success after success followed Melvin's move to Los Angeles, including series guest appearances on 8 Simple Rules and Jack & Bobby, extensive commercial work, and -- most significantly -- an ongoing portrayal of teenager Chelsea Benson on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives, which she signed for in 2005, at the age of 20, and which brought her substantial Emmy consideration. On the side, Melvin also remained active as a musical theater performer.
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