Peggy Goodwin, Melanie's mother, said she was a born actress. "When she was a little girl, like 2, she'd be making faces in front of the mirror and just entertain herself for hours," she told ABC News' Jim Avila. "So we started her in voice lessons and theater classes when she was about in third grade." Here, Melanie is pictured in the role of the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella."
"She was just the most beautiful godmother you could ever imagine," said Melanie's dad, Glenn Goodwin. "She walks out with a crown on and her scepter -- you could just hear the audience gasp." (Courtesy the Goodwin family)