Tammy Lynn Michaels was born Tammy Lynn Doring in Lafayette, Indiana on November 26, 1974.
She is a Sagittarius, known to be freedom-loving, optimistic and carefree.
Tammy was raised by a single mother and as a child wanted to be an actor. She acted in the summers during high school.
NYC or Bust:
Tammy's mom drove her to New York City after high school graduation where she had hopes of attending an acting conservatory. When those plans fell through, she worked as a nanny and as a waitress.
The Big Break:
While working at a restaurant in New York, she was approached by an acting scout. She landed a few jobs in commercials and within a week of moving to Los Angeles, she was cast as Nicole Julian on Popular.
Michaels played Nicole Julian on the WB's series Popular from 1999-2001. Her character was the quintessential popular girl who persecutes those who don't live up to her code.
I want to Be in Love:
After the show was cancelled, Michaels was out at a gay bar with some friends. Melissa Etheridge was there. On a dare, Tammy Lynn approached Melissa and asked her out to dinner. Turns out, the two had a lot in common and hit it off immediately.
Outed by People:
Tammy Lynn Michaels was outed when People Magazine reported on her relationship with Melissa Etheridge.
Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels were wed
September 22, 2003 in Los Angeles to celebrate California's historic domestic partnership ruling
On October 17, 2006 Tammy gave birth to twins: a girl nammed Johnnie Rose and a boy named Miller Steven.
The L Word and Beyond:
Prior to her relationship with Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels identified as a lesbian, but was not out. She admits she was afraid of the effect it would have on her career. "When I was closeted, it wasn't just hypocritical and un-PC, it was also killing me," Michaels said in an interview with Television without Pity
Michaels credits Etheridge's comfort in her sexuality with her newfound willingness to be out.
Michaels appears in a few episodes of Showtime's The L Word. She acts as one of playgirl Shane's spurned lovers.
Michaels also appeared in the short film D.E.B.S., but was not cast in the full-length version of the film.
Here's an interview I did with Tammy Lynn Michaels.