Melanie (Moore) Paxson
Melanie (Moore) Paxson attended Mahomet–Seymour High School from 1986-1990. In school, she participated in theater, music and cheerleading.
She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance. After college Melanie moved to Chicago where she received training at Second City Chicago and performed with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
While in Chicago, Melanie was cast in the Steppenwolf productions of Playboy of the Western World and Morning Star. Her first notable TV work was a recurring role as Jaclyn in the ABC series Cupid from 1998 to 1999.
In 1999, Melanie moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen career. She went on to guest star/recur on The Real O’Neals, Trial & Error, American Dad, Masters of Sex, Last Man Standing, Medium, Trollhunters, The Drew Carey Show, Quintuplets, Joey, Related, Kitchen Confidential, CSI, Surviving Suburbia, Rules of Engagement, Medium, The Exes, Bones and Cougar Town.
From 2003 to 2004, Melanie had a series regular role on the NBC sitcom Happy Family as Sara Brennan. From 2007 to 2008, she was cast as series regular Julie in the ABC sitcom Notes from the Underbelly, the series aired for two seasons. From 2009 to 2010, she had a recurring role as Doris Madigan on the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP. Melanie has been cast in dozens of television commercials including Red Robin, GLAD bags, Honda, Target, Fiber One, Yoplait, Serta, DirectTV, Alka Seltzer and more.
Melanie’s film credits include Ready to Rumble (2000), Slackers (2002), starring as Joyce DeWitt in the television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company (2003), and Saving Mr. Banks as Dolly (Dolores Vought), Walt Disney’s secretary (2013). Most recently she starred in the 2015 Disney Channel TV Original Movie Descendants and its 2017 sequel, Descendants 2. She played the role of Fairy Godmother now serving as the Head Mistress for the school, Auradon Prep.