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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 September 1971Ballybricken, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Birth NameDolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born in Ballybricken, a town 8 miles outside Limerick on Sept. 6, 1971. Her parents are Eileen and Terrance. Terrance was in a wheelchair due to a motorcycle accident. Dolores is the youngest of seven children; she is one of two girls. In the late eighties, Dolores met up with her band members-to-be. Feargal Lawler of Parteen, and Mike and Noel Hogan of Moycross gave Dolores the music to their future hit "Linger". She came back the next day with lyrics. It took some time for The Cranberries to take off, very emotionally impacting Dolores who was overcome with frustration. Their debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We" is a quote-Dolores said it while the band members were part of an audience at a concert. It was in America where the Cranberries first found satisfying success - when they returned to their native Ireland, success was awaiting them there as well.

Dolores' life has gone from railing against war and childhood strife (she has always been an avid child advocate) and condemning disrespectful lovers, to deciding that she is "Free to Decide". Her family live has brightened up her music (not changing it for the better or worse).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: S.J.W.

Spouse (1)

Don Burton (7 July 1994 - present) (separated) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Yodeling voice (singing)
Keening (Traditional Irish singing style)

Trivia (24)

Parents: Eileen & Terence O'Riordan.
Siblings: 1 sister, 5 brothers (Dolores is the youngest).
Married at Holy Cross Abbey, Tipperary, Ireland.
Stepson, Donny.
The family has a dog named Geena.
Swore to never get a tatoo, but did for her husband for their anniversary. It's on her arm, and has his name.
She is a good Irish-step-dancer. On occasion, she'll perform live during a concert, usually to the song Liar, which isn't on an album, but is included in the Empire Records Sdtk.
The Cranberries were originally called Cranberry-Saw-Us (a pun on the thanksgiving food) after the alleged last lyrics of the Beatles' song Strawberry Fields.
Don Burton was Duran Duran's Stage manager. He and Dolores met when The Cranberries and Duran Duran were touring together. They married in 1994. They had a horse-drawn carriage at their wedding.
Has gone by the name Dolores Burton since her marriage to Don Burton in 1994.
Collaborated with Michael Kamen who performs on three tracks released on The Cranberries, "To The Faithful Departed", album.
In total, The Cranberries have sold over 36,200,000 albums.
Was asked to both act in and compose music for Titanic (1997), but refused both offers due to the birth of her son.
She is said to be one of Pope John Paul II's favourite singers. She has performed live for him at the Vatican twice.
She's the richest woman in Ireland.
Solo album "Are You Listening?" released in June of 2007.
Currrently working on solo project [2006]
The Cranberries returned to the stage. They started a world tour ("Reunion Tour") and plan a new album for 2011. [2009]
On 27 Feb 2012, The Cranberries released their 6th studio album "Roses", followed by a tour of the USA, Asia and Europe. [February 2012]
Living in Canada with her Husband and family. Recovering from an exhausting world tour and working on her autobiography which has 8 chapters completed. [September 2003]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 26, a son named Taylor Baxter Burton on November 23, 1997. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Don Burton.
Separated from her husband of 20 years Don Burton. [November 2014]
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 33, a daughter named Dakota Rain Burton on April 10, 2005. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Don Burton.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 29, a daughter named Molly Leigh Burton on January 27, 2001. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Don Burton.

Personal Quotes (4)

You don't always have to have long blonde hair and big huge knockers to be nice!
(on Adele) She's a voice and she's classic. Like the fact that she doesn't peel them off, 'cause all the other broads are like 'here's me bum' and whatever. I find it kind of aggravating 'cause I always think 'Just 'cause we're women, why do have to have our boobs and butt hanging out?'
It's fun and games for a while, but then you're burned out and it's 'Can we turn it off?' But you can't and when you want to go back to normalcy, that's impossible. In 1997 we took time off and that's when Oasis broke and Princess Diana died and I was home with my baby, hating the music industry. People asked me what I thought about the Spice Girls and I was so happy to tell them I couldn't be bothered to care.
You get older and come to the conclusion that it's a great gig making music. Even if you turn into an old gnarly fart, no one cares what you look like if you write good songs. The only gig is to sing well and perform.

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