Melissa Rycroft

After having her heart broken on national television and landing in third place during her first stint on one of TV's most popular reality shows, Melissa Rycroft bounced back in a big way when she was declared the ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1983 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Bachelor Pad 2009 - 2010, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Host

Dancing With the Stars 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Redneck Island 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Host

Blinging Up Baby 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Entertainment Tonight 1981 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melissa & Tye 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bachelor: After the Final Rose, Part 1 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After having her heart broken on national television and landing in third place during her first stint on one of TV's most popular reality shows, Melissa Rycroft bounced back in a big way when she was declared the winner of ABC's hit reality competition series "Dancing with the Stars" (2005- ). The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader became a household name when she competed in season 13 of the reality series "The Bachelor" (ABC, 2002- ), where she seemingly won the heart of the show's bachelor, Jason Mesnick. But her fairytale romance with Mesnick came to a sudden halt when he had a change of heart and broke off their engagement in front of millions of viewers. Rycroft's much publicized breakup, however, was not the end of her television career; she went on to appear on "Entertainment Tonight" (CBS, 1981- ) and "The Bachelor" spin-off series "Bachelor Pad" (ABC, 2010- ). Yet, it was Rycroft's return to the popular series "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" in 2012 that showcased not only her graceful dance moves, but also proved that she had the potential to have a lasting career in show business.

Relationships

Jason Mesnick Actor

Companion
Met 2009 while filming ABC's "The Bachelor" Mesnick proposed to Rycroft during season finale He broke up with her on-air during reunion special and announced he was still in love with season runner-up Molly Malaney

Tye Strickland Actor

Husband
Married Dec. 12, 2009

Ava Strickland

Daughter
Born Feb. 16, 2011; father, Tye Strickland

EDUCATION

University of North Texas

Denton , Texas 2005

Milestones

2012

Returned to "Dancing with the Stars" stage for "All-Stars" season; won competition along with partner Dovolani

2010

Appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" as special correspondent

2009

Competed on 8th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC); finished third with professional partner Tony Dovolani

2009

Appeared on 13th season of ABC's "The Bachelor"; picked by bachelor Jason Mesnick in finale, but he ended up breaking up with her six weeks later during reunion special

2006

Made TV debut on reality series " Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" (CMT); selected as one of 35 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for 2006 season

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