From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Melissa Sagemiller (born June 1, 1974, height 5 6 (1,68 m)) is an American television and film actress. Sagemiller was born in Washington, D.C. to a political activist mother and a professional American football player father, who played in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. She attended Georgetown Day School. Her entry into the performing arts was at age 3 when she began studying tap dance, ballet, jazz dance and modern dance. She made her stage debut in To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 9 years old, and soon after she became a regular on her local stage. At 14, however, acting took a backseat to modeling after Sagemiller was scouted by Eileen Ford in a jewelry shop. She eventually left modeling to take an undergraduate degree in Art History at the University of Virginia. Shortly after graduation, she decided to return to acting full-time, and studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory, New York Universitys Stonestreet Studio and at Michael Howard Studios. Sagemiller appeared in Movieline magazine in August 2001.