Tammy Lynn Michaels

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Tammy Lynn Michaels
Born (1974-11-26) November 26, 1974 (age 40)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Other names Tammy Etheridge
Tammy Lynn Etheridge
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Melissa Etheridge (2003–2010)

Tammy Lynn Michaels (born Tammy Lynn Doring on November 26, 1974 in Lafayette, Indiana), also known by the surname Etheridge after marrying 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 to pursue it. She attended AMDA and completed three semesters but suffered a leg injury and withdrew from the school before graduation.[citation needed] 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 short-film actresses in the original D.E.B.S. were replaced for the expanded version, including Michaels.

Personal life[edit]

Michaels is openly gay and a well-known lesbian figure. She married rock singer Melissa Etheridge on September 20, 2003. 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. She has two stepchildren, born to Etheridge's ex-partner, Julie Cypher, during their relationship; daughter Bailey and son Beckett.

Since 2005, Michaels has kept a weblog, in which she discusses politics, current events and her personal life.[3][4][5]

On April 15, 2010, Melissa and Tammy Etheridge confirmed that they have ended their nearly nine-year relationship.[6]


  1. ^ Melissa Etheridge's official website[dead link] 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[dead link]
  2. ^ D.E.B.S. 2003
  3. ^ "Waarschuwing over inhoud". Hollywoodfarmgirl.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  4. ^ Lo, Malinda. (23 September 2007) Interview with Melissa Etheridge AfterEllen.com. Accessed 1 October 2007.
  5. ^ (28 June 2007) Michaels Blasts King for 'Bumping' Moore for Hilton Accessed 20 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Separate". TVGuide.com. 

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