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August 2, 1968 |
Maryville, Tennessee, USA
|Years active||1990–1999, 2008–present|
Life and career
Hutsell was born in Maryville, Tennessee, attended Heritage High School in Maryville, TN Foothills of Greater Smokey Mountains. She began her career performing improv comedy at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago and also starred in their production of The Real Live Brady Bunch in 1990. The comedic stage show consisted of eight actual episodes of the cult classic TV show The Brady Bunch, with Hutsell cast as Jan Brady. The company toured to New York City, where Hutsell was hired as a cast member for the seventeenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Hutsell was a featured player from 1991–1993, and a regular cast member in the 1993–1994 season. She would eventually reprise her Jan Brady portrayal on a series of Weekend Update appearances, making it Hutsell's most recognizable recurring character. Hutsell also played a sorority pledge named Di in a series of sketches about the sorority Delta Delta Delta, along with Siobhan Fallon and Beth Cahill. Her most notable impressions were of Tonya Harding and Tori Spelling, an actress whom she resembled.
After her film Can't Stop Dancing (1999), Hutsell quit show business to raise her daughter, Carly Rose.
In 2016, she appeared in the role of Kristen Rhydholm-Rhydholm in the Netflix original series Lady Dynamite.
- Bellino, Damian (February 13, 2015). "Catching Up With SNL Alum Melanie Hutsell". Out. Here Media. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
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