Melissa Etheridge Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 May 1961Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
Birth NameMelissa Lou Etheridge
Nicknames Missy Lou
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Melissa Etheridge was born on May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA as Melissa Lou Etheridge. She has been married to Linda Wallem since May 31, 2014.

Spouse (1)

Linda Wallem (31 May 2014 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Raspy, smoky vocals

Trivia (27)

Her former partner Julie Cypher gave birth to two children, Bailey Jean (born 1997) and Beckett (born November 1998), which were adopted by Melissa.
Is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.
Close friends with Brad Pitt.
Publicly revealed that David Crosby is the biological father of her two children with partner Julie Cypher, who gave birth to their children conceived through artificial insemination. [January 2000]
On September 19, 2000, she announced she that is separating from long-time partner Julie Cypher.
A close friend of Brad Pitt, two of his former girlfriends and his ex-wife appeared in her music videos: Juliette Lewis in "Come to My Window", Gwyneth Paltrow in "I Want to Come Over", and Jennifer Aniston in "I Want to Be in Love".
Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Ex-lover Julie Cypher left Lou Diamond Phillips to be with her.
Sang at Brad Pitt's and Jennifer Aniston's wedding
She and her former girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels considered themselves as married since they exchanged vows in a secret ceremony in September 2003. Their marriage was not legally confirmed, because gay weddings are not legally binding in their then home state of California.
Was diagnosed with breast cancer. [October 2004]
Made headlines when she gave a noteworthy performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer; showing up bald from her chemotherapy treatments.
In late 2005, she announced that she is cancer-free and that she and then partner Tammy Lynn Michaels were planning to have a child.
In 2006, she announced that her then long-time partner Tammy Lynn Michaels was pregnant and expecting twins.
Her former partner Tammy Lynn Michaels gave birth to a girl, Johnnie Rose, and a boy, Miller Steven, on October 17, 2006.
Gay rights and environmental activist.
Her father, John Etheridge, a high school teacher, died from cancer in 1992.
Although being famous for her smoky voice, she has never smoked and does not like whiskey.
Won two Grammy Awards for "Best Female Rock Performance" in 1992 and 1994.
Thanked by Paula Cole in the liner notes of her album "This Fire" (1996).
Formally ended her nearly nine-year relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels. She filed for "Dissolution of Domestic Partnership" at LA County Superior Court and cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of their separation. She also asked that the court offer Michaels no financial support. [July 2010]
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 27, 2011.
Used her pool to teach her friend, Brad Pitt, how to fly-fish, for his role as Paul Maclean in A River Runs Through It (1992).
Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Music) from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on May 13, 2006.
Attended and graduated from Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Became interested in music when she picked up her first guitar at age 8.
Grew up in southern Arkansas.

Personal Quotes (9)

Be strong, speak true and spread the peace.
[2000, on right-wing radio host Laura Schlessinger's views on homosexuality] She has her own opinion. If people want to listen to it, that's fine... I don't believe in shutting anybody up.
[on 2/25/07, speaking to the media at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) on her win for Best Song, "I Need to Wake Up" for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006)] This is the only naked man that will ever be in my bedroom.
[on life after chemotherapy] It's a daily chore, but I've learned how to do it. It gets easier every day. You need to believe that fear is a perception, is a choice, that anything you fear will draw you to it and you will have to go through that eye of a needle some day. Might as well do it now because it will only get bigger and harder if you don't. Once you do, you get on the other side and you're like "Well, that wasn't so hard. That didn't hurt that bad.".
I love playing with a symphony and along the line of doing new challenging things. It's fun to have three or four people make music together, but when you get seventy-five people concentrating on one piece of music, that's a whole lot of energy streaming into the musical blanket we are weaving. It's gorgeous, it's amazing. With my band, if I make a mistake, I can just correct it in the next measure, but when you are playing with a symphony and you make a mistake, seventy-five of you are going down.
I'm proud that I can stand up and say that every choice I have made I have made with the best intentions and that I've done my best. And that's just about the most you can say as you go along in life. By God, just do your best.
[observation, 2014] I developed a rhythmic way of playing that was very percussive and striving, and I really took a lot from Richie Havens, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, and all those sorts of guitar players. It wasn't until recently, the last ten years, that I started branching out and playing more lead.
It's super important to be in the union because we are in a business where people would do what we do for free. We have rights and benefits because of the union. We went from wandering minstrels to a legitimate business in about a hundred years.
[her advice to young musicians] You have to do it because you love it, and then love it enough to be smart about what you do. See where it takes you, but know there is no destination. There is no place where you say, "I did it". So even if you don't think you are succeeding, you are doing exactly as you are supposed to do, and learning what you are supposed to learn, because it is all about the journey.

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