Julie Cypher

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Julie Cypher
Cypher in September 2011
Born (1964-08-24) August 24, 1964 (age 53)
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Occupation Film director
Partner(s) Melissa Etheridge (1990–2000)
Children 2

Julie Cypher (born August 24, 1964) is an American filmmaker best known for being the former partner of musician Melissa Etheridge.


Cypher was born in Wichita, Kansas to Dick and Betty (née Jackson) Cypher, and has an older sister named Melanie. She attended the University of Texas at Austin.

She married actor Lou Diamond Phillips in 1986. Two years later, she met Etheridge while assisting on the music video for the single "Bring Me Some Water", and split with Phillips in 1990 to start a relationship with Etheridge. Cypher directed the 1995 film Teresa's Tattoo, starring Phillips, C. Thomas Howell, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Personal life[edit]

Cypher was a gay rights advocate, and became famous for being one half of one of the first publicly lesbian celebrity couples.[1] In 1995 she and Etheridge appeared in a "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" poster campaign for PETA.[2]

During her partnership with Melissa Etheridge, Cypher gave birth to two children via artificial insemination: a daughter, Bailey Jean, born in February 1997, and a son, Beckett, born November 1998. Although initially reluctant to discuss it, the couple eventually revealed that the biological father of both children was musician David Crosby.[3][4] However, Cypher later told Etheridge in a 1999 therapy session that she was "not gay",[5] and the couple split in September 2000.


  1. ^ "We're a Family and We Have Rights". Newsweek. November 4, 1996. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ian, Janis (April 18, 1995), "My old flame", The Advocate, p. 69 
  3. ^ "Profiles of Melissa Etheridge, Margaret Cho". CNN People in the News. CNN. May 24, 2003. Retrieved June 30, 2014.  Season and episode numbers unknown.
  4. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Engaged". Rolling Stone. April 16, 2003. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Pop Singer's Search for Domestic Harmony". Los Angeles Times. June 20, 2001. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 

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