On Days of our Lives, Jennifer Horton Deveraux isn’t in Salem these days after leaving again. Behind the scenes, her every-now-and-then portrayer, Melissa Reeves, is celebrating a major milestone.
Happy Birthday, Melissa Reeves
That’s because she was born on March 14, 1967, in Eaton, New Jersey, which means that this talented, beloved actress turns 56 years old today! Reeves’s career was jumpstarted by a small role in the 1983 film Somewhere, Tomorrow, which she followed with a contract role on the brand-new NBC soap Santa Barbara.
For one year, she was bubbly Jade Perkins (her brother Joe was accused of murder, which didn’t make life easy for her), and Reeves’s work earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. In 1985, she joined the cast of Days of our Lives in the role of legacy character Jennifer Horton. She would remain there for a full decade before making her first (of many) exits.
Though the part of Jennifer was subsequently recast, Melissa Reeves reprised it between 2000 and 2006. A third return in 2010 lasted until the coronavirus pandemic stopped the star from traveling from her east coast home.
Her other acting credits include the horror picture Summer Camp Nightmare, an episode of the horror anthology series The Hitchhiker, as well as Half a Dozen Babies, a made-for-TV movie co-starring her husband — fellow daytimer Scott Reeves.
She has been married to Scott (ex-Steven Lars, General Hospital; ex-Ryan, The Young and the Restless) since March of 1990. They have two children: Emily Taylor (born June 23, 1992) and Lawrence David (born August 4, 1997). For the majority of the year, the couple resides on a farm in Tennessee, where they have started a coffee bean roasting business called Revival Roasting Company. The couple also happens to be proud grandparents.
Soap Hub wishes Melissa Reeves a very happy birthday.