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Tammy Lynn Michaels

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Occupation  Actress
Years active  1999–present
Name  Tammy Michaels

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Born  November 26, 1974 (age 41) (1974-11-26) Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Partner(s)  Melissa Etheridge (2001–2010)
Role  Melissa Etheridge's ex-wife
Spouse  Melissa Etheridge (m. 2003–2010)
Children  Johnnie Rose Etheridge, Miller Steven Etheridge
Movies and TV shows  Popular, DEBS, Committed, Girls on Film 2
Similar People  Melissa Etheridge, Linda Wallem, Julie Cypher, Tamara Mello, Leslie Grossman

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Tammy Lynn Michaels (born Tammy Lynn Doring on November 26, 1974 in Lafayette, Indiana), also known by the surname Etheridge from her relationship with Melissa Etheridge, is an American actress.


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Michaels was a regular cast member on the Warner Brothers Network television show Popular and guest-starred on the Showtime drama The L Word.

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Michaels developed a passion for acting in junior high school and after graduating moved to New York City to pursue it. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and completed three semesters but withdrew from the school before graduation. While working as a bartender at a restaurant she was discovered by Alayne Skylar, a talent scout.

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After moving to Los Angeles, Michaels landed the role of Nicole Julian on Popular.

In 2002, Michaels guest-starred on the Fox show That '80s Show, followed by a guest appearance in 2004 on the Showtime drama The L Word. In 2005, she played the character Tess on the NBC series Committed.

In 2003, Michaels played the role of Max in the short-film D.E.B.S. The film received several awards and was later expanded to a feature-length film of the same name and released in 2004. However, most of the actresses in the original D.E.B.S. were replaced for the expanded version, including Michaels.

Personal life

Michaels is openly lesbian.

She started dating rock singer Melissa Etheridge in 2001 and the couple had a commitment ceremony in September 2003. They became registered domestic partners in 2005. In April 2006, the couple announced that Michaels was pregnant with twins. Michaels gave birth to daughter Johnnie Rose and son Miller Steven on October 17, 2006.

On April 15, 2010, Michaels and Etheridge confirmed that they had ended their nearly nine-year relationship. In May 2012 it was announced that their two-year child support battle had been settled.

Since 2005, Michaels has kept a blog, in which she discusses politics, current events and her personal life.


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