Melissa Peterman

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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. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in suburban Burnsville. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, fellow actor John Brady. She gave birth to an 8 lb. 5 oz. baby boy named Riley David on October 20, 2005, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. 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 in Minneapolis, which boasts such alumni as Pat Proft, Louie Anderson, Cedric Yarbrough, Mo Collins 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' 1996 movie Fargo. She also appeared in the comedies Recipe for Disaster and How High.
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