Alanis Morissette

June 1, 1974
  • As a teenager, she suffered from eating disorders - both bulimia and anorexia. She went to therapy to deal with these issues, and eventually learned that she had chronic depression. She was also plagued by anxiety attacks, which often happened when she was watching movies. She was prescribed medication, but never stayed on it, since she didn't like they way the pills made her feel.
  • Alanis has explored relationships with women. Here's what she said on the matter: "I never had any intentions of having my lifelong partner be a woman, but stranger things have happened. I was open-minded to it, but fortunately - or unfortunately - I realized I was heterosexual. In moments I wish it weren't the case."
  • Alanis is from Ottawa, Canada. She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to work with Glen Ballard, who helped her write and produce her album Jagged Little Pill. She is just the second artist from Ottawa to have significant chart success in America; the first was Paul Anka.
  • Alanis was an actress as a child. She was on the Nickelodeon show You Can't Do That On Television at age 10, and appeared in a movie a year later with Matt LeBlanc as her boyfriend. In 1992, she moved to LA to appear in the TV sitcom Just One Of The Girls.
  • She started writing songs when she was just 10 years old. In 1991 when she was 16, her first album, Alanis, was released, which was followed by Now Is the Time a year later. She co-wrote all of the songs on both albums (mostly with her producer Leslie Howe), and they sold well in Canada. The songs were of the Dance-Pop variety and a marked departure from her breakthrough release Jagged Little Pill, which was issued in 1995.
  • She opened for Vanilla Ice on his 1990 tour.
  • Her 1999 tour was sponsored by MP3.com. She received company stock in the deal, which was worth millions before the Internet bubble burst a year later. She did sell $1.5 million worth of the stock before it collapsed.
  • She was a teen star in Canada equivalent to Debbie Gibson or Tiffany in the US. She won a Juno award (Canadian Grammy) for Most Promising Female Vocalist in 1992.
  • She did not have a US record deal when she recorded Jagged Little Pill. She did not look for a label until until she was done with it because she didn't want the record company messing with it.
  • She signed to Madonna's vanity record label Maverick Records after performing an acoustic audition for their executives.
  • She is the first Canadian female to have a #1 album in the US (Jagged Little Pill).
  • When she was a teenager in Canada, she did catalog modeling.
  • She used to date Dave Coulier, who was on the TV show Full House. They met at a hockey game in 1992.
  • Alanis was named for her father. Her parents were looking for an original girl's name that was a derivative of his name, Alan. >>
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    Paul - Detroit, MI
  • She dated the actor Ryan Reynolds from 2002-2007. He was the first romantic partner she lived with - they both had houses in Vancouver, so they merged into one. After their split, Reynolds became a top dog in Hollywood and married other movie stars: first Scarlett Johansson and then Blake Lively.
  • She sang The Osmonds' "One Bad Apple" on Star Search, a US TV show that tried to discover new talent. She lost to Chad the Singing Cowboy.
  • Fame was overwhelming to Alanis. She's very much a people-watcher, and when she became a star, she suddenly became the one being watched. "I thought fame would offer a connection to people, but the opposite ended up being true," she said.
  • She portrayed God in the 1999 movie Dogma.
  • She would smoke some occasional pot, but was never big on drugs. She says her only addictions were to work and food. "I was too much of a control freak to be a drug person," she explained.
  • Alanis Morissette has a twin brother. Fellow musician Wade Morissette is 12 minutes younger than his sister.
  • Alanis Morissette landed her first UK agony aunt gig on the Guardian's Weekend magazine. Her first column was in the January 16, 2016 edition of the supplement. The musician's move into offering advice wasn't a huge surprise as she also has a podcast that touches on similar topics to her new role.

    So what are Morissette's qualifications for telling people how to live their lives? She said it has for long been her job in her family: "Parents, brothers, even extended family members, that was the role I took on, because I suppose I had this combination of intuition and empathy. I cut my teeth, basically, listening for a living."
  • In 2017, Jonathan Schwartz, who managed her from 2009-2016, admitted to stealing $4.8 million from Morissette and about $2 million more from other clients. It was an egregious and outlandish theft spread over more than 100 transactions. He used the money to pay for lavish vacations (including a trip to Bora Bora) and gambling debts.
  • She married the rapper Mario "Souleye" Treadway in 2010. They have two children, son Ever (born in 2010) and daughter Onyx (born in 2016).
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Comments: 9

  • K from Toronto, CanadaRumour has it that she used to drive around with her own music blaring on the stereo.
  • Billy from Otway, OhHey Bren,If Yiu Go To The Slime Society Site,They'll Have AN Episode A Week,But So Far,I Haven't Seen Anything With Alanis.
  • A.j. from Chicago, IlHer fiancee, Ryan Reynolds, not only stars in Van Wilder as the titular role, but also Blade Trinity with Wesley Snipes, Waiting... with Justin Long (of Jeepers Creepers) and the 2005 remake of the Amityville Horror opposite Melissa George (from TV's Alias).

    Most recently (as of December 2005), he's the star of Just Friends, also featuring Amy Smart (Road Trip), Anna Faris (Scary Movie, the Hot Chick), Chris Klein (Election, American Pie) and Christopher Marquette (Freddy Vs. Jason, the Girl Next Door). A real ensemble cast.
  • Sarah-jane from Halifax, CanadaAlanis re-released Jagged Little Pill as an accoustic album in early 2005. It was only available at Starbuck's locations for the first 6 weeks of the release. It angered many fans who felt Alanis was selling out. Alanis claims that Starbucks was just the right place to have the cd be available.
  • Bren from Seattle , WaI am so excited that I found out about the show "You Can't do that on television" I have been going crazy trying to remember the name of that show. My boyfriend reminded me that Alanis was on it...so I looked here! Anyone have any ideas on how I can get my hands on old show recordings of the show??? let me know. Thanks--Bren
  • Don from Pittsburgh, PaThe best album by AM Period. Whenever you as a listener can feel the artists emotion come through lyrically and musically, that is the complete accomplishment. Well done Alanis Morrisette.(maybe should have stuck with Glen Ballard.)
  • Jessa from Brampton, On, CanadaShe's engaged to Ryan Reynolds [Van Wilder]
  • Becca from Belleville, IlI can see why. It is a great album
  • Matthew from New York, NyJagged Little Pill was the top-selling album of the 1990s.
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