Dolores O'Riordan Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Ballybricken, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Died in London, England, UK  (drowning due to alcohol intoxication)
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 was the youngest of seven children, and 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 went from railing against war and childhood strife (she was always an avid child advocate) and condemning disrespectful lovers, to deciding that she is "Free to Decide". The mother of three children, her family life brightened up her music. She died in London on 15 January 2018.

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

Spouse (1)

Don Burton (18 July 1994 - 2014) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

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

Trivia (22)

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]
Had three children with her ex-husband Don Burton: a son Taylor Baxter Burton (b. November 23, 1997) and two daughters - Molly Leigh Burton (b. January 27, 2001) and Dakota Rain Burton (b. April 10, 2005).
On January 15, 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died suddenly at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel in Mayfair. The cause of death was not immediately made public; police said it was not being treated as suspicious. On September 6, 2018, which would have been her 47th birthday, it was reported that she died as a result of accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

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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