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Biography #2 (for Reba)

Melissa Peterman brings her comedic talents to The WB's hit comedy Reba as the impossibly perky dental hygienist Barbra Jean who is married to Reba's ex-husband.

Peterman hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from Minnesota State University with theater as one of her majors, she was cast as Madeline Monroe in Hey City Theater's production of Tony & 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.

Peterman made her film debut as Hooker #2 in the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning movie Fargo. She recently wrapped the family comedy Recipe For Disaster and appeared in the feature comedy How High with Fred Willard, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray and Method Man. 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. She also enjoys appearing as a frequent celebrity guest on Pyramid, which she does "for the love of the game, not because Donny is so cute!"

During her summer hiatus from Reba, Peterman hosted The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, fellow actor John Brady.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Reba" (18-Nov-2003)


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