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Alanis Morissette

Alanis MorissetteAKA Alanis Nadine Morissette

Born: 1-Jun-1974
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Gender: Female
Religion: Buddhist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Singer, Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette wasted little time developing her skills as a performer, taking up the piano at the age of 6 and writing her own songs by the time she was 9. Her first venture into the spotlight, however, was as an actress on the popular Canadian children's TV show You Can't Do That on Television at the age of 10; the recognition (and income) earned as a result made possible her independently-released single Fate Stay With Me shortly afterwards. A deal with MCA Canada was secured within a couple of years, and her dance-oriented full-length debut Alanis hit the Canadian pop music market in 1991 like a 2-ton rhino in spandex. The 1992 follow-up release, Now is the Time, took a somewhat more thoughtful musical approach, and consequently had a somewhat more restrained commercial impact (although it still managed to attain platinum status). After graduating from high school, Morissette relocated to Toronto in a attempt to revive an already-fading music career, but with little positive result.

By 1994 the now-19-year-old singer made a move to Los Angeles, where she began collaborating with producer/songwriter Glen Ballard. A demo tape concocted by the two eventually found its way into the dark recesses of Madonna's Maverick record label, and by the following June Morissette's first proper venture into the U.S. record industry, Jagged Little Pill, was on the shelves. A significant departure from the pre-programmed dance music of her first two efforts, Pill found the singer backed by a rock band and adopting a more personal approach to her lyrics. The album would earn her a Grammy for Album of the Year (amongst others), and become the largest-selling album by a female artist in the world. An extended hiatus took place after the release, during which Morissette spent time in India to recover from the pressures of her enormous success.

Her return to activity in 1998 took place first in the form of a song contributed to the soundtrack of City of Angels, a Hollywood remake of the Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire (1987), followed by a turn portraying God in the Kevin Smith project Dogma (1999). Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, her second release, finally surfaced at the end of 1998; unavoidably, it failed to repeat the monumental impact of its predecessor -- particularly since it didn't repeat that album's stylistic content. It was well-received nonetheless, and featured several popular singles, including Thank U and So Pure. The next year Morissette released an Unplugged collection which reworked many of Junkie's non-single tracks, as well as a few of the hit songs from Pill.

In 2000 Alanis Morissette extended her acting career into live theater by tackling The Vagina Monologues, and dipped back into televison with an appearance on the HBO series Sex and the City. Her third studio album, Under Rug Swept, did not materialize until early 2002, followed later in the year by the CD/DVD collection Feast on Scraps. Throughout the intervening year she devoted her time to a number of charity events, including a John Lennon tribute concert in New York City to raise funds for gun control, a Music Without Borders concert in Toronto to aid Afghani refugees, and a performance at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. In November of 2001 she was presented with a "Global Tolerance Award" by the Friends of the United Nations. A fourth album, So-Called Chaos, hit the presses in 2004.

Father: Alan Morissette
Mother: Georgia
Brother: Chad Morissette
Brother: Wade Morissette (twin, yoga instructor)
Boyfriend: Dash Mihok (actor, dated 1999)
Boyfriend: Dave Coulier (actor)
Boyfriend: Ryan Reynolds (actor, together mid 2000s, broken engagement)
Husband: Mario Treadway (rapper, "Souleye", b. circa 1980, m. 22-May-2010, one son)
Son: Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway (b. 25-Dec-2010)

    High School: Notre Dame High School, Ottawa, Ontario
    High School: Glebe Collegiate Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

    Alanis Morissette
    Equality Now Advisory Council
    Grammy Best Rock Album (1995)
    Grammy Best Rock Song (1995)
    Grammy Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (1995)
    Grammy Album Of The Year (1995)
    Grammy Best Long Form Music Video (1997)
    Grammy Best Rock Song (1998)
    Grammy Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (1998)
    Juno Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (1992)
    Juno Album of the Year (1996)
    Juno Single of the Year (1996)
    Juno Female Vocalist of the Year (1996)
    Juno Songwriter of the Year (1996)
    Juno Best Rock Album (1996)
    Juno Single of the Year (1997)
    Juno Songwriter of the Year (1997)
    Juno International Achievement Award (1997)
    Juno Best Album (2000)
    Juno Best Video (2000)
    Juno Jack Richardson Producer of the Year (2003)
    Canada's Walk of Fame 2005
    Mugged Los Angeles, CA (1994)
    Naturalized US Citizen (dual Canadian-US citizenship) Feb-2005
    Ordained by the Universal Life Church Minister
    Risk Factors: Yoga, Anorexia, Bulimia, Marijuana, Depression, Postpartum Depression

    You Can't Do That On Television Alanis (1979-87)

    Radio Free Albemuth (4-Nov-2010)
    Pittsburgh (2006) · Herself
    Fuck (7-Nov-2005) · Herself
    De-Lovely (22-May-2004) · Musical Performer
    Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (24-Aug-2001) · That Woman
    Dogma (12-Nov-1999)

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