Melissa Reeves (née Brennan; born March 14, 1967) is an American actress, best known for playing Jennifer Horton on the NBC series Days of Our Lives on-and-off for a total of 26 years (1985–1995, 2000–2006, 2010–2020).
March 14, 1967
Eatontown, New Jersey, U.S.
Reeves was born in Eatontown, New Jersey. Since March 1990, she 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).
Among Reeves' early film roles was the thriller Summer Camp Nightmare (1987). Her 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 child played by a young actress), and 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.
Reeves returned to Days of Our Lives on June 9, 2010 for a one-month guest stint and subsequently became a regular cast member again in November of that year. On September 15, 2020, it was announced that Reeves had opted not to return to the role when filming began again after a hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role would be recast. This followed criticism she received from some fans, as well as her co-star Linsey Godfrey, for 'liking' social media posts by conservative commentator Candace Owens which denounced the Black Lives Matter movement. Reeves had previously drawn criticism in 2012 for expressing support for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A during a controversy over its Chief Operating Officer declaring the chain's stance against same-sex marriage.
|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, 2010–2020||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 nominationsEdit
- 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series" - Days of Our Lives
- 2016: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting 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
- "Melissa Reeves". IMDb. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
- Kroll, Dan J. "Reeves Trading Salem for Nashville". Soapcentral. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- Ausiello, Michael (2020-09-15). "Days of Our Lives' Melissa Reeves Out, All My Children Vet Cady McClain In as Jennifer — But for How Long?". TVLine. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
- Giddens, Jamey. "Days of Our Lives Star Melissa Reeves Tweeted Support During Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2020-09-19.