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Where have you seen Abbott Elementary’s Melissa? Who is Lisa Ann Walter?

If you’re one of the millions of people who has (smartly!) started tuning into Abbott Elementary, some of the cast members may look familiar. You may be scratching your head, wondering where you’ve seen them before. One of the most common characters people know but can’t quite place is Melissa Schemmenti, the hilarious and world-wise second-grade teacher played by Lisa Ann Walter.

Read on to discover Lisa Ann Walter movies and TV shows and find out where you may have seen her before!

Lisa Ann Walter played Chessy in The Parent Trap

The 1998 version of The Parent Trap is one of the most iconic films of all time. Starring Lindsay Lohan as Annie and Hallie, Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth James, and Dennis Quaid as Nicholas Parker, the film was a huge hit when it premiered and has truly carved out a special place in pop culture.

Chessy is one of the most beloved characters in the film. Both Hallie’s nanny and butler Martin’s eventual love interest, her warmth and relatability had all of our childhood selves wishing we had someone like her in our lives.

Fun fact: Walter and Elaine Hendrix, who plays evil golddigger Meredith Blake, were enemies in the movie but have actually remained close friends in real life for the past several decades!

Lisa Ann Walter has been in an array of movies

The Parent Trap isn’t the only film Walter has starred in. A stand-up comedian, many of Walter’s most well-known roles have been in comedies such as Bruce Almighty, Drillbit Taylor, and Shall We Dance.

Lisa Ann Walter is no stranger to TV

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ABBOTT ELEMENTARY – ÒPilotÓ Ð In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers Ñ and a slightly tone-deaf principal Ñ are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do Ñ even if they donÕt love the school districtÕs less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children. (ABC/Prashant Gupta)
TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS, CHRIS PERFETTI, QUINTA BRUNSON, SHERYL LEE RALPH, LISA ANN WALTER

Before Abbott Elementary, Lisa Ann Walter guest-starred on an impressive number of television shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey’s Anatomy, and GLOW.

In addition to acting, Walter has dabbled in the reality television space as well, creating and executive producing the Oxygen competition show Dance Your A** Off and winning the celebrity edition of The Weakest Link.

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