Minneapolis native Melissa Peterman studied theater at Minnesota State University before moving into the professional sphere, starring in over 600 performances of the Hey City Theater production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding. Her first film role came in 1996, when she was cast as Hooker #2 in the Cohen Brothers classic Fargo. Peterman went on to find her big break with a starring role on the sitcom Reba in 2001. She would also appear in several popular shows over the coming years, like American Dad! and Rita Rocks. In 2009, Peterman took on hosting duties on the reality series The Singing Bee.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Was an original member of the Minneapolis cast of Tony n' Tina's Wedding, playing Madeline Monroe for more than 600 performances.
- Made her film debut in Fargo (1996) playing a hooker.
- Joined the Minneapolis improv group Brave New Workshop in 1997.
- Has appeared as an opening comedic act for Reba McEntire, with whom she costarred in the sitcom Reba.
- Host of CMT's Singing Bee.
- Appeared in the online Web series Dusty Peacock.
- Hosted the CMT Music Awards red carpet program in 2010.
- Appeared in the short-lived 2011 CMT sitcom Working Class, along with Ed Asner.