Birth Name: Melinda McGraw
She was born Melinda Leigh McGraw Oct. 25, 1968, in Nicosia, Cyprus to American parents. Her father was an official with the U.S. Agency of International Development and later a hotel executive. The family, which included two older sisters, spent time in Lebanon and Pakistan before returning to the U.S. in 1972 and establishing residence in Massachusetts - initially in Dover and later in Cambridge. Melinda attended the latter city's exclusive private school Buckingham Brown & Nichols. Gravitating to the performing arts from an early age, she was accepted into the Boston Children's Theatre, appearing onstage soon thereafter as a singing flower in the theater's 1975 production of "Thumbeli...