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Reba McEntire
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March 28, 1955 Reba Nell McEntire is born into a family that lives on a cattle ranch in Chockie, a town with a population of 18 in the misty, rocky hills of southeastern Oklahoma.

1970 While in high school, Reba sings with her siblings in a family group - the Singing McEntires - performing at football games, pep rallies and country music festivals. Her older brother, Pake, is lead singer.

1972 Reba enrolls in Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, about 45 miles from home.

1974 The 19-year-old who loves barrel racing is discovered by recording artist Red Steagall when she sings the National Anthem at a rodeo in Oklahoma City.

1976 One of Reba's first singles, "I Don't Want to be a One Night Stand" reaches No. 88 on the country music charts; she marries 31-year-old cattle roper Charlie Battles at a Baptist church in Stringtown, Oklahoma.

1977 Reba's album, "Reba McEntire," is released, and she makes her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
1982 McEntire's "Can't Even Get the Blues No More" goes to No. 1 on the country charts.
1984 Her hit album, "My Kind of Country," makes McEntire a bona fide star; she earns best female vocalist honors from the Country Music Association.
1989 After a divorce from Battles, McEntire marries Narvel Blackstock, who had joined her band as steel guitarist nine years earlier and become her tour manager. They have a son, Shelby, the next year.
1990 McEntire makes her acting debut in the sci-fi thriller, "Tremors."
1991 Eight members of Reba's band are killed when their chartered plane crashes after a show in San Diego. Reba had stayed behind after the show.
1999 Reba releases "So Good Together," her eighth album of the 1990s, which included her Greatest Hits Volume Two, which went quadruple platinum.
2001 McEntire has hit sitcom, "Reba," on the WB, and stars as cowgirl Annie Oakley in the revival "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway.
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