Melissa Reeves initially dreamed of dancing professionally and commuted into New York City to study dance with Phil Black. She studied theatre at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute in Manhattan and soon landed roles in the HBO movie Somewhere Tomorrow and the after-school special The Lakeside High Experiment. Her first foray into daytime television was on NBC's Another World. Landing the role of Jade Perkins on Santa Barbara was Reeves's first contract job on a daytime drama.
Reeves relocated to Los Angles and graduated from high school while appearing on Santa Barbara, but after only one year on the show, she was released from her contract when the Perkins family was written off the canvas. In September of 1985, one month after leaving Santa Barbara, she landed the role of Jennifer Horton on Days of our Lives, a role which earned her four Soap Opera Awards and a place among television's most beloved heroines.
Reeves met her husband, actor Scott Reeves, when he joined the cast of DAYS in 1988. The couple became engaged one month later and they married on March 23, 1990. In 1999, both the Reeves starred in the made-for-television film Half a Dozen Babies, which told the real story of the Dilley family and their six little blessings.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Eatontown, New Jersey
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Scott Reeves since 1990 (two children; Emily Taylor  and Laurence David )
RELATIVES: David (brother), Melissa (niece)