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Reeves (left) with Ty Treadway in 2010
March 14, 1967
Eatontown, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Melissa Brennan
Melissa B. Reeves
Melissa Brennan Reeves
|Spouse(s)||Scott Reeves (m. 1990)|
Melissa Reeves (née Brennan, born March 14, 1967) is an American actress, known for playing Jennifer Horton, a role she originated in 1985 on the NBC series Days of Our Lives (1985–1995, 2000–2006, 2010-)
Since March 1990, Reeves has been married to soap opera actor and country music singer Scott Reeves. They have 2 children: Emily Taylor Reeves (born June 23, 1992) and Lawrence "Larry" David Reeves (born August 4, 1997).
Reeves' first television role was as Jade Perkins on Santa Barbara from 1984 to 1985. She originated the role of the adult Jennifer Horton (later Jennifer Deveraux) on Days of Our Lives in 1985 (prior to which the character had been a young child played by a young actress), and Reeves remained in the role until 1995. Reeves abruptly left Days during the show's thirtieth anniversary season, and Corday Productions and Sony TV Entertainment sued her for breach of contract. The matter was settled out-of-court with Reeves paying an unspecified sum, which Days Executive Producer Ken Corday donated to pediatric AIDS research. The role of Jennifer had quickly been recast with actress Stephanie Cameron, who remained on the show until 1998.
In 1999, Melissa and Scott Reeves starred in the made-for-TV movie Half a Dozen Babies.
In 2000, Days producers rehired Reeves, and she made a return to the show. Reeves did a six-year stint with the show this time, and then she confirmed that she was leaving and she and her family moved to Tennessee.
Reeves returned to Days of Our Lives on June 9, 2010 and continues to play the role of Jennifer Horton.
|1987||Summer Camp Nightmare||Heather|
|1992||Days of our Lives: One Stormy Night||Jennifer Horton||Television film|
|1993||Days of our Lives: Night Sins||Jennifer Horton||Television film|
|1994||Days of our Lives: Winter Heat||Jennifer Horton||Television film|
|1999||Half a Dozen Babies||Becki Dilley||Television film|
|1984-1985||Santa Barbara||Jade Perkins||Contract role
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Daytime or Nighttime Television Series (1985-1986)
|1985-1995, 2000-2006, 2010-||Days of Our Lives||Jennifer Horton||Contract role
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Daytime Super Couple (shared with Matthew Ashford)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Wedding (shared with Matthew Ashford)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Primetime or Daytime Love Story (shared with Matthew Ashford)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime Series
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series
|1987||The Hitchhiker||Denise O'Mell||Episode: "Homebodies"|
Awards and nominations
- 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" - Days of Our Lives
- 1991: Won, "Outstanding Daytime Super Couple" - Days of Our Lives (shared w/Matthew Ashford)
- 1992: Won, "Best Daytime Wedding" - Days of Our Lives (shared w/Matthew Ashford)
- 1992: Won, "Best Prime time or Daytime Love Story" - Days of Our Lives (shared w/Matthew Ashford)
- 1994: Won, "Hottest Female Star" - Days of Our Lives
- 1985: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in a Daytime or Nighttime Television Series" - Santa Barbara
- 1986: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in a Daytime or Nighttime Television Series" - Santa Barbara
- 1987: Nominated, "Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime Series" - Days of Our Lives
- 1988: Nominated, "Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series" - Days of Our Lives