A blonde, energetic newcomer who convincingly portrayed wealthy ice princess Nicole Julian on The WB series "Popular" (1999-2001) despite her own humble beginnings, Tammy Lynn Michaels was so determin...
Lafayette, Indiana, USA
|The L Word||2008 2002 - 2008||Actor||Lacey||20087|
|That '80s Show||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||Patty||20017|
|Committed||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Tess||20047|
|Popular||2000 1998 - 2000||Actor||Nicole Julian||20007|
|InStyle Celebrity Weddings||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Herself||20037|
|Itty Bitty Titty Committee||2007||Actor||Ellen||20077|
|The 2000 Teen Choice Awards||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||n/a||19997|
|The Test||2001 1999 - 2001||Actor||Guest||20017|
|Attended theater camp at Indiana State University|
|Played campy villain Nicole Julian on The WB's comedy-drama series "Popular"|
|Acted in NBC's romantic comedy series "Committed"|
|Guest-starred in the provocative drama "The L Word"|
|Moved to NYC to pursue an acting career|
With nary a bone of compassion in her body, the character of Nicole Julian unapologetically upheld the restrictive code of popularity and persecuted the peons who didn't fit in. Michaels' portrayal was a comic highlight of the show, and her unflinching flair for the dramatic made her the camp icon for a new generation. Capably pulling off hysterics worthy of Joans Collins and Crawford, Michaels was well-exploited by the series' writers who put her in situations and fed her lines that were fantastically over the top.
|Miller||Son||Born Oct. 17, 2006; twin of Johnnie Rose; mother, Tammy Lynn Michaels; conceived using an anonymous donor from a sperm bank|
|Johnnie||Son||Born Oct. 17, 2006; twin of Miller Steven; mother, Tammy Lynn Michaels; conceived using an anonymous donor from a sperm bank|
|Melissa Etheridge||Domestic Partner||Took relationship public in spring 2001; Married September 2003; the two were described as married, although homosexual couples were not legally married in California; Announced separation in April 2010; In July 2010, Etheridge filed a Petition for Dissolution of Domestic Partnership in L.A. County Superior Court; Michaels filed for full legal and physical custody of their children a few days later; After a two-year domestic dispute, couple agreed to share custody of their twin boys in May 2012|
|Tammy Lynn Michaels on her "Popular" alter ego's surreal speech pattern: "I tend to have a knack for speaking in tongue twisters and once they figured that out they made me speak as many as possible. It's not really important whether you understand or not, but you get the emotion." --to London's Daily Express, July 8, 2000.|
|Michaels on growing up as the outsider, unlike her character on "Popular": "I came from a bunch of kids whose parents were married and my mum is divorced. Big deal. Sometimes I'd go to school in an outfit their mother had given to Goodwill the year before. It was really, really harsh. And that's why my heart goes out to adolescents. It's such a fragile point and you're so busy putting up defenses to make it through high school." --quoted in London's Daily Express July 8, 2000.|
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