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Overview (4)

Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NameReba Nell McEntire
Nicknames The Queen of Country Music
Big Red
Country Music's Queen!
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since she was 5. In Junior High school, she performed with her musical siblings, aka the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, Reba McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing. Her performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City caught the attention of songwriter Red Steagall, who suggested she consider a career in country music. She has since earned 7 gold and 5 platinum albums and 2 Grammy Awards. She has also explored other avenues of entertainment, serving as a guest-host on Good Morning America (1975) & earning generally favorable reviews for her acting in the movie titled "Tremors" & TV mini-series, Buffalo Girls (1995). In 1988, she formed Starstruck Entertainment to oversee the very numerous aspects of her musical & acting careers.

She is extremely fortunate, that she was not along with her eight band members (seven band members & her touring manager), when tragedy the airplane they were in, on Saturday, March 16th, 1991. There were eight lives lost that tragic Saturday.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

Spouse (2)

Narvel Blackstock (3 June 1989 - 28 October 2015) (divorced) (1 child)
Charlie Battles (21 June 1976 - 25 June 1987) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Red hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Oklahoma accent

Trivia (28)

Her sister, Susie Luchsinger, (Susie McEntire) is a Christian music star.
Was James Cameron's first choice to play "the unsinkable" Molly Brown in Titanic (1997). But she had to decline because her touring schedule overlapped the filming date.
1991: Her entire band died in a plane crash.
1993: Had a patch of skin cancer on her forehead removed.
1996 tour statistics: 16 trucks, 7 buses, 1 jet, 100 dates (12,500 per date) concerts, 200-foot expandable stages, 3 separate performance areas, 10 dancers, 5 video cameras, 6 video screens, 96-person crew, 40 tons of equipment.
2000: Named the #2 Best-selling Female Artist (of all genres) of All Time, following Barbra Streisand.
2000: Named the #1 Best-selling Female Country Singer of All Time.
Attended Kiowa High School and Southeastern State University.
Her first public performance was "Away In a Manger" for a first-grade Christmas production.
Majored in Elementary Education and minored in Music.
Daughter of Jacqueline (11/6/1926) and Clark McEntire (11/30/1927).
Sister of Alice Foran (born December 3, 1951), Pake McEntire (born June 23, 1953) and Susie Luchsinger (born November 8, 1957) (Susie McEntire).
Has won two Grammy Awards, nine People's Choice Awards (for singing and acting), seven CMA (Country Music Association) Awards (including an unprecedented Female Vocalist of the Year four years in a row), two Country Radio Awards, 11 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards (including an unprecedented Top Female Vocalist seven times), 14 American Music Awards (including an unprecedented Favorite Female Country Singer 10 times), five TNN/Music City News Awards, three International Awards and the 2001 Drama Desk Award for her Broadway debut in "Annie Get Your Gun".
1995: Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Her father, Clark McEntire (1927- ), was world steer roping champion for the years 1957-1958 and 1961. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the Rodeo Historical Society (a support group of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in 1988.
Her grandfather, John Wesley McEntire (1897-1976), was world steer roping champion for 1934 and was also a calf roper. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame of the Rodeo Historical Society (a support group of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in 1984.
At one time, she was classmates with Garth Brooks in Oklahoma.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 18, 1998.
Was a bridesmaid in her Reba co-star, JoAnna Garcia Swisher's wedding.
Was a serious basketball player as a young girl.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in March 2011.
Stepmother of Brandon Blackstock and aunt of Garett Beck.
(December 15, 2012) Her stepson, Brandon Blackstock, is engaged to her good friend, Kelly Clarkson.
Is a staunch conservative Republican.
Did her own rendition on the 1973 Billboard hit song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" that was sung by comedienne/singer Vicki Lawrence, in the early 1990s, the two ladies sang a duet of that song.
She was awarded a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2006.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son named Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock (aka Shelby Blackstock) on February 23, 1990. Child's father is her now ex-2nd husband, Narvel Blackstock.
She has the same first name as her character Reba Hart.

Personal Quotes (11)

You don't waste your entire life waiting to go back to dust.
Being a strong woman is very important to me. But doing it all on my own is not.
Easter is very important to me, it's a second chance.
[when asked by Larry King if she had ever been asked to "sex it up" a little] I'm more of the down-home -- I guess, you know, the good-old girl. Being sexy is kind of funny to me. You know, I can get kind of spunky or I can get tough, you know, that kind of tough, sexy look. But sexy? No, I don't think so. Just what you see is what you get on me. And it's never been anything of a sexual nature.
To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
Be different, stand out, and work your butt off.
For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.
Finding a good bus driver can be as important as finding a good musician.
Dolly paved such a great freeway for women. So did Loretta, Tammy and Barbara Mandrell. I've got to keep pavin' that freeway for the gals in country music. Maybe it gives them some ammunition, incentive, inspiration to continue on.
[on her recording and film Is There Life Out There? (1994)] Women will come up to me and say because of that song they went back to college and got their degree after their kids were grown. Music is very, very strong. It heals. It talks to you like nobody else can talk to you.
[on her early career] It took me six years. Thank God the record label kept me on. It wasn't a cram it down your throat, hurry up, throw it out, you'd better be number five or better or you're out. Thank goodness it wasn't that way when I was getting started, or I would never have gotten my toe in the door.

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