When Missy abruptly left Days of our Lives in 1995, Corday Productions and Sony TV Entertainment sued her for breach of contract and seeked damages in the amount of the remaining salary of her contract. The role of Jennifer was quickly recast with Stephanie Cameron, who remained on the show until 1998. Speculation ran rampant as to the reasons behind Missy's sudden departure, and the dominant rumour was that husband Scott Reeves had caught her having an affair with co-star Jason Brooks. This scenario is supported by the court documents filed by NBC in their breach of contract lawsuit against her.
After leaving Days of our Lives for the second time in 2006, Missy moved to Tennessee with her family.
Missy has two dogs, named Grace and Coco.
Missy starred alongside her husband Scott Reeves in the movie Half a Dozen Babies in 1999.
Missy grew up wanting to be a dancer and studied dance in New York City.
Missy was still attending school in Los Angles and graduated from high school while she was playing the character, Jade Perkins, on Santa Barbara.
Missy grew up wanting to be a dancer and studied dance in New York City. She then studied theatre at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Manhattan.
Missy is an avid painter. Her hobbies also include quilting and sewing.
Missy and her husband Scott have two children. Daughter Emily Taylor was born on June 23rd, 1992, and son Lawrence David was born on August 4th, 1997. Melissa has one brother named David, and a niece named 'Melissa', after her.
Melissa received a pre-nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2003 and again in 2006, but wasn't submitted for the actual Emmy nomination.
Missy: (on her early dreams of dancing) I took dancing very seriously. Then I landed some commercials when I was fifteen and that gave me the acting bug.
Missy: (on her family) My family always gave me a lot of encouragement to pursue a career in the performing arts. My dad is a disc jockey in New Jersey and growing up near New York City, a great cultural centre, also didn't hurt.
Missy: (the official announcement Missy made when leaving Days of our Lives after 10 years) It is with deep regret that I've chosen to leave my role as Jennifer on Days of our Lives. This was entirely my decision, and not the show's. I thank all the fans for their support, and I ask them to understand my need to be with my family right now. We're all healthy, but there are times when families need to be together, and I'm at a point in my life where I need to spend more time with my husband Scott, and our daughter, Emily.
Melissa: (on realising a casting director's perspective) I got a good outlook from a casting director's point of view. They have so much talent at this stage in their careers and work so hard; you have to really analyze everything they do to come up with a winner.
Melissa: When you have such an incredibly strong fanbase that says this is what we like and this is what we don't like, and you go against it, they will switch off.