Melissa Claire Egan — A Biography

Born in Pound Ridge, New York, Melissa knew at a very young age what she wanted to do. As a child, she was very active in musical theater, singing, dancing, taking classes in New York City. She landed national commercials and a spot at the Ford Modeling Agency.

Egan was serious about her craft, graduating with a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She quickly landed a recurring role on Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, both filmed in North Carolina, before heading to the Big Apple.

In 2006, Melissa scored the role of Annie Lavery on All My Children. She left the role in 2011 and headed out to Los Angeles for the role of Chelsea Lawson Newman on The Young and the Restless.

Melissa managed to juggle other roles in television and film, such as Men at Work, Bones, Somewhere Slow, We Are Men, and Misguided while tackling the role on Y&R.

Melissa works with various charities, including Dharma Rescue, which helps disabled dogs. The Rescue foundation raises money to supply dogs with personalized wheelchairs, and provides training for them to become therapy dogs (www.dharmarescue.org).

Egan resides in Los Angeles with her husband Matt Katrosar. They are very active in sports and love hanging out with friends and family. She stays in shape with regular yoga, dancing, and playing tennis.

Her birthday is September 28. Follow her on Twitter @MClaireEgan and on Instagram @missyclaireegan.

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Fast Facts

  • September 28, 1981 — Birthdate
  • Graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Dramatic Arts.
  • Appeared on the cover of the board game “Girl Talk” when she was 13.
  • Is a spokesperson for skincare product Proactiv Solution.
  • Appeared in a skit on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993) at the age of 11 (uncredited). In the skit, she’s competing in a spelling bee with a then 8-year-old Scarlett Johansson.
  • Billy Miller portrayed her brother on All My Children