The Camera Has Always Loved Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire is known as a respected actress now — her new sitcom Malibu Country premieres tonight (Nov. 2) on ABC — but some of her earliest work shows she has always had a magnetic presence onscreen. “Whoever’s in New England” was McEntire’s first music video and even then she had an obvious knack for visual storytelling. Its success helped the song reach No. 1 in 1986 and let McEntire basically create her own style of music videos, ones that were longer and included deeply developed characters like in “Is There Life Out There,” “Fancy” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Take a look back (to when cheating was expected?) at the expressive redhead’s breakthrough moment.