Tammy Lynn Michaels

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Tammy Lynn Michaels
Tammy Lynn Doring

(1974-11-26) November 26, 1974 (age 44)
Years active1999–present
Melissa Etheridge
(m. 2001; div. 2010)

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 WB's 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 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.

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.[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.

In 2011, Tammy tried to make a comeback to acting and was cast in the 2012 film Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf. She was unfortunately cut from the movie before its release.

In 2013, Tammy was a part of Untold: a documentary about sexual assault survivors. The film was highly praised and it was one of the contributing factors in the start of the "Me Too" movement.

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 a daughter and a son in October 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 The L Word Lacey Haraway "Pilot", "Let's Do It Again", "Longing"
2005 Committed Tess Main role
2019 Heartstrings Bitsy Episode: "Cracker Jack"[9]


  1. ^ Melissa Etheridge's official website Archived 2006-11-17 at the Wayback Machine 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 copy". Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ D.E.B.S. 2003 Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Joyce Eng (April 15, 2010). "Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Separate". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Melissa Etheridge settles child support case". The San Francisco Chronicle. May 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Waarschuwing over inhoud". Hollywoodfarmgirl.blogspot.com. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Malinda Lo (September 23, 2007). "Interview with Melissa Etheridge". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved October 1, 2007.
  8. ^ "Michaels Blasts King for 'Bumping' Moore for Hilton". June 28, 2007. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved July 20, 2007.
  9. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (February 11, 2019). "Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology". TVLine.

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