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Awesome Facts You Need to Know About Reba McEntire

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By Nicholas Vrchoticky

Reba McEntire started her life in Oklahoma 65 years ago. Now, she's sold over 80 million albums, starred in both a sitcom and on Broadway, acted in films, and been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. But that's not all there is to this superstar.

There are facts about this musician-actress that you might not know, including her first acting credit, her degree, and more. Her favorite drink, according to an interview with US Weekly, is whiskey and 7Up. Want the rest of the facts? Keep reading.

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She originally planned on becoming a teacher

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Though life would have different plans for Reba in the future, the country music icon originally planned to become a school teacher. She attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and received a degree in elementary education with a minor in music. Her mother was a teacher, and Reba thought she'd be following in her footsteps.

As an avid horse rider and barrel racer, "country" ran through her veins. Her father and grandfather world champion ropers. She did her first rodeo at 11 years old. It was while singing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in 1974 that Reba would be discovered.

Her movie debut

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Reba's movie debut came in 1990 when she acted next to Kevin Bacon in the seriously underrated sci-film Tremors. The film features the residents of a small town defending themselves against ancient, underground worm monsters. McEntire plays half of a survivalist couple helping the townsfolk fight off the creatures.

Reba might come from a musical family — her entire family would sing together as a group growing up and her sister is a gospel singer — but she told CMT:

“I totally love to act. I don’t care if it’s a musical, a comedy. I just like to work and interact with other people ... I like to be with other people rather than standing out there by myself.”

Reba turned down a role in 'Titanic'

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Reba was cast as Molly Brown in Titanic but the role ended up going to Kathy Bates due to conflicts with Reba's schedule. Here's what Reba told Taste of Country about it:

"I turned it down because they kept moving my schedule, and we had arenas booked. And then I had 75 people on payroll out there, and we were doing concerts, concerts, concerts, three or four a weekend. And they would say, 'Okay, we need you for these three months.' We said, 'Okay.'

We were pretty much telling everybody, 'We're just gonna be gone these three months.' And then they'd say, 'Oh, not these three months, these three months. The arenas were getting booked up, and we were promoting ourselves and our own shows. And so finally, I just had to say, 'Guys, this is not working,' and I pulled out."

The singer-actress has a clothing line and once turned down Faith Hill

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If you shop at Dillard's, you may have seen McEntire's clothing line. It launched in 2004 and has been selling there since.

A few more facts? Well, Reba once threw up on the steps of the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It was her first visit there as a child.

Here's a crazy one for you. Country singer Faith Hill auditioned to be Reba's backup singer before she'd made it famous herself. Reba turned her down for the job. Here's what Hill had to say about in on Larry King in 2006:

"Well, I didn't get it because I wasn't good enough. I don't think it was because — I don't think fate had anything to do with that for me. I wasn't a great background singer and I didn't get the part."

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