52 Facts About Reba McEntire

1. Reba McEntire's is often referred to as "the Queen of Country", having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

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2. Reba McEntire's is credited as an actress, having appeared in both films and television.

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3. Reba McEntire's starred in the television series Reba, which aired for six seasons.

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4. One of four children, Reba McEntire was born and raised in the state of Oklahoma.

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5. Reba McEntire's continued to occasionally perform and was heard singing at a rodeo event by country performer Red Steagall.

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6. Yet Reba McEntire became increasingly unhappy with her career trajectory and signed with MCA Records in 1984.

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7. In 1991, Reba McEntire lost eight of her band members in a plane crash in San Diego, California.

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8. Reba McEntire began acting on film and television, beginning with 1990's Tremors.

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9. Reba McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1955 but was raised on a ranch in Chockie, Oklahoma.

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10. Reba McEntire's was the third of four children born to Clark and Jacqueline McEntire.

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11. On car trips to their father's rodeo dates, Jacqueline Reba McEntire taught her children to sing in harmony with one another.

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12. Reba McEntire's developed an interest in the rodeo and trained to become a barrel racer.

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13. Once finishing high school, Reba McEntire enrolled in college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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14. Reba McEntire's majored in elementary education with a minor in music.

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15. At the hotel, Reba McEntire performed an a cappella version of Dolly Parton's "Joshua".

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16. In March 1975 and accompanied by her mother, Reba McEntire embarked on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to record a demonstration tape that Steagall hoped to pass along to record labels.

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17. Reba McEntire's made her first recordings for the label in January 1976.

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18. Reba McEntire signed with MCA Records in 1984 and released her seventh studio album Just a Little Love.

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19. Reba McEntire's began implementing choreography and experimented with stage lighting.

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20. In late 1987, Reba McEntire released her first Christmas collection called Merry Christmas to You.

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21. Reba McEntire's fired her manager and formed her own entertainment company that helped further promote her material.

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22. Reba McEntire focused on an acting career in the early 2000s and took a temporary musical hiatus.

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23. In 2008, Reba McEntire announced that she would be departing her label of 25 years and signing with the Valory Music Group, an imprint of Big Machine Records.

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24. At age 54, Reba McEntire became one of the oldest women to have a number one single on the country songs chart.

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25. In 2014, Reba McEntire moved to Big Machine's new imprint for veteran artists titled Nash Icon Music.

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26. In 2016, Reba McEntire released a third Christmas-themed studio album called My Kind of Christmas.

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27. Reba McEntire's announced she would soon be selling her own line of clothing, home decor, jewelry and other things under the "Rockin' R by Reba" line at Cracker Barrel.

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28. Reba McEntire's moved out of the building she and Blackstock had worked in, and moved her company to Green Hills, Nashville.

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29. In January 2018, Reba McEntire won the Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, her first nomination since 2007, and her first Grammy Award win in more than twenty years, since 1994.

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30. Reba McEntire released her twenty-ninth studio album Stronger Than the Truth on April 5, 2019.

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31. On February 20, 2020, during a surprise appearance at the Country Radio Seminar, Reba McEntire announced she had signed a new record deal with MCA Nashville, returning to the label after leaving in November 2008.

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32. Reba McEntire hosted the 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards alongside Darius Rucker in November 2020.

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33. In 1994, Reba McEntire worked with director Rob Reiner in the film North, playing Ma Tex.

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34. In 1996, Reba McEntire was cast by director James Cameron as Molly Brown in his film Titanic.

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35. In 1998, she starred as Lizzie Brooks in Forever Love, which was based upon Reba McEntire's hit single of the same name.

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36. In early 2001, Reba McEntire expanded into theater, starring in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun.

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37. In 2005, Reba McEntire starred as Nellie Forbush in the Carnegie Hall concert production of the Broadway musical South Pacific with Alec Baldwin as Luther Billis and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile de Becque, directed by Walter Bobbie and with an adapted script by David Ives.

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38. In September 2011, Reba McEntire confirmed on her website that ABC had ordered a pilot for her second television series Malibu Country.

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39. Reba McEntire's explained Merle Haggard's influence on her career, stating "I had every album he ever put out", and would sing "every song he did", along with her brother, Pake and sister, Susie.

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40. Reba McEntire's is highly credited for remaining one of country's most popular female artists for nearly four decades, maintaining her success by continually incorporating contemporary musical sounds without changing her traditional vocal style.

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41. Reba McEntire owns and operates a 1,000-acre ranch near Coalgate, Oklahoma, and continues to rodeo.

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42. From her marriage to Blackstock, Reba McEntire gained three stepchildren, Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon.

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43. Reba McEntire's gave birth to a son, Reba McEntire'slby Steven McEntire Blackstock, in February 1990.

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44. In 2017, Reba McEntire began a relationship with photographer Anthony "Skeeter" Lasuzzo.

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45. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reba McEntire began dating film and TV actor Rex Linn.

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46. Reba McEntire holds the record American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist.

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47. Reba McEntire's holds the distinction of being the first to win the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year Award four times consecutively.

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48. Reba McEntire is a rare musical artist to achieve solo number-ones across four decades.

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49. Reba McEntire's is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, winning in 1987, 1994 and 2018.

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50. When Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut on September 17, 1977, she almost did not make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night's list of performers.

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51. Reba McEntire was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1986.

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52. Reba McEntire attended the official induction ceremony alongside the other 2011 inductees Jean Shepard and Bobby Braddock.

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