American actress Melanie Paxson was born on September 26, 1972 in Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Theater Performance. Her passion for acting was ignited when she got involved in spring musicals and various plays in her high school’s drama club. When Paxson was in Chicago, she got the chance to work with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Second City Training Center. Another thing that she is known for is her work in commercials. She was selected from more than 500 actresses to play 'the Voice of Reason' in the ads for Gladware, and she has also worked for commercials for DayQuil.
Although she has done impressive work as a television commercial actress, Melanie Paxson has also been seen on different television shows. She was first seen on a 1997 episode of Early Edition, and later as a recurring character on Cupid. In 1999, she worked on the comedy The Opera Lover. The next year, she worked with director Brian Robbins and writer Steven Brill on the sport comedy Ready to Rumble, starring David Arquette and Rose McGowan. Paxson later received a small role in the romantic comedy Slackers, which featured Devon Sawa, Jason Segel and Jason Scwartzman. She also appeared on the made-for-television movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of the Three’s Company. Her next appearance was on The Drew Carey Show, followed by a role in Kitchen Confidential. She was also seen on episodes of Happy Family, in a starring role alongside John Larroquette and Christine Baranski. She later worked on the sitcom Joey, but the episode where she appeared didn’t immediately air in the U.S. In 2007, she got a part in the hit crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Paxson also joined the cast of the ABC sitcom Notes from the Underbelly, where she landed the starring role of Julie.