Julie Cypher

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Julie Cypher
Cypher in September 2011
Born (1964-08-24) August 24, 1964 (age 51)
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Lou Diamond Phillips (1986–1990)
Matthew Hale (2004–present)
Partner(s) Melissa Etheridge (1990–2000)

Julie Cypher (born August 24, 1964 in Wichita, Kansas) is best known as the former partner of Melissa Etheridge. She is the younger of the two daughters of Dick and Betty (née Jackson) Cypher. Her older sister is named Melanie.

Cypher attended the University of Texas at Arlington.

She married actor Lou Diamond Phillips in 1986. In 1988, Cypher met Etheridge while assisting on the music video for the song, "Bring Me Some Water" and split with Phillips in 1990 to start a relationship with Etheridge.

In 1995, she directed Teresa's Tattoo. The film stars C. Thomas Howell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Famous for being one half of one of the first publicly lesbian celebrity couples, Cypher advocated for gay rights.[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, she gave birth to two children: 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]

Cypher eventually told Etheridge in a 1999 therapy session that she was "not gay".[5] In September 2000, she and Etheridge separated.


  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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