Tammy Lynn Michaels

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Tammy Lynn Michaels
Born Tammy Lynn Doring
(1974-11-26) November 26, 1974 (age 42)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Partner(s) Melissa Etheridge (2001–2010)
Children 2

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,[1] is an American actress.

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


Michaels developed a passion for acting in junior high school and after graduating moved to New York City to pursue it. She attended AMDA 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.

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 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.[2] 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[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] In May 2012 it was announced that their two-year child support battle had been settled.[5]

Since 2005, Michaels has kept a blog, in which she discusses politics, current events and her personal life.[6][7][8]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1999-2001 Popular Nicole Julian Main role
2002 That '80s Show Patty "Double Date", "Beach Party", "Sophia's Depressed"
2003 D.E.B.S. Max Short film
2004 L Word, TheThe L Word Lacey Haraway "Pilot", "Let's Do It Again", "Longing"
2005 Committed Tess Main role


  1. ^ Melissa Etheridge's official website gives Tammy's surname as Etheridge in the announcement of the birth of their twins. She officially changed her surname to Etheridge in 2006, and now only goes by that name, both personally and professionally Archived November 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ D.E.B.S. 2003
  4. ^ "Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Separate". TVGuide.com. 
  5. ^ "Melissa Etheridge settles child support case". The San Francisco Chronicle. May 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Waarschuwing over inhoud". Hollywoodfarmgirl.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  7. ^ Lo, Malinda. (23 September 2007) Interview with Melissa Etheridge AfterEllen.com. Accessed 1 October 2007.
  8. ^ (28 June 2007) Michaels Blasts King for 'Bumping' Moore for Hilton Accessed 20 July 2007.

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