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best known as ditsy bar­bra Jean booker Hart in Reba mcEn­tire’s show Reba (20012007), melissa Peter­man’s back on the box. but host­ing a gameshow like bet On Your baby (2013-cur­rent), where families use their tod­dlers to win col­lege funds, isn’t the only in­ter­est­ing thing about her.

the 43-year-old grad­u­ated with a de­gree in the­atre from min­nesota State Univer­sity in 1996 and kicked off her ca­reer that year by play­ing made­line mon­roe in more than 600 per­for­mances of com­edy play tony ’n’ tina’s Wed­ding. that same year, melissa made her act­ing de­but in the Coen broth­ers’ cult hit movie Fargo, play­ing “Hooker #2”. She tied the knot with fel­low ac­tor John brady in 1999 and had their only child so far, son Ri­ley david, in 2005. melissa’s also the fam­ily bread­win­ner – John’s big­gest role to date is “AA meet­ing guy” in a 2012 episode of Nurse Jackie (2009-cur­rent). Her tv Cv in­cludes ap­pear­ances on sit­coms like Just Shoot me in 2000 (1997-2003 – read more on p45), Rita Rocks (2009) and Re­tired At 35 (2012). She also voiced an­i­mated char­ac­ters in­clud­ing becky in a 2004 episode of Johnny bravo (1997-2004) and Sis­ter mary in a 2008 episode of Amer­i­can dad! (2005-cur­rent). bet On Your baby isn’t melissa’s first host­ing gig ei­ther – she hosted the stand-up show Com­edy Stage in 2007, karaoke gameshow the Singing bee (2009-2012) and 2013 danc­ing-blooper show danc­ing Fools. the ac­tress is also pretty handy be­hind the mic. She par­o­died 1975 mu­si­cal Chicago’s song All that Jazz for her co-star Reba’s 50th birth­day in 2006. melissa also popped up at one of Reba’s con­certs in 2007 and duet­ted with the coun­try singer on her 2001 song i’m A Sur­vivor, which also hap­pens to be the theme song for their show Reba.

Whose baby is the best? Melissa’s tak­ing bets…

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