Reba McEntire – Country Music To Movie Star

Born on March 28, 1955 in Chockie, OK, Reba Nell McEntire grew up on a cattle ranch with her sister, Susie, and brother, Dale. she began singing at a young age with her siblings as part of the Singing McEntires. however, it was not until 1975, after being discovered while singing the National Anthem at the National Rodeo finals, did she enter country music by signing with Mercury Records. she was married in 1976 to Charlie Battles, a rodeo rider, which lasted until 1987 when they were divorced.

On May 8, 1976 she hit the billboards with her single I Don’t want to Be a One-Night Stand. though it only made it to no. 88, it began her climb to the top and by the mid-1980’s she was up to no. 1. from 1984 to 1987 she won Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year awards, and it 1986 was voted CMA’s entertainer of the year. In 1986 and 1993 she won Grammys for best female country vocal performance and best country vocal collaboration. from 1985 to 1997 she had 17 songs that reached no. 1 and 15 to reach the top 5’s.

In 1986 she began producing music videos which spotlighted her acting talents. In 1990 she played a major supporting role in Tremors with actor Kevin Bacon. she also starred in other feature films and TV movies such as North, the little Rascals, the Gambler Returns, the Man from Left Field, Buffalo Girls, is there Life Out there, forever Love, and One Night at McCool’s. In 2001, she took on a lead role in Annie get your Gun which was a Broadway production that dazzled New York critics. Later that year, she began her sitcom series, Reba, with Warner Bros. TV.

Reba McEntire – Country Music To Movie Star

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