Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette


6/1/1974, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Alanis Nadine Morissette



Also Known As

Alanis Morissette, Alanis Nadine, Alanis
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Alanis Morissette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to school teachers Alan and Georgia Morissette. Alanis has an older brother, Chad, and a twin brother named Wade. From 1977 to 1980, the family lived in Lahr (Black Forest), Germany.

When she was nine years old, Morissette wrote her…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Vanilla Ice had a young Alanis Morissette open for him in 1991.

    • The album Jagged Little Pill lists twelve tracks but at the end has (track 13) an alternate take of You Oughta Know and in some cases has the song Your House. And in other cases CD's just have Your House.

    • Alanis Morissette had her first baby (Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway) on December 25 2010 with husband Mario 'Souleye' Treadway.

    • After meeting rapper Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway in October 2009 Alanis married him on May 22, 2010.

    • Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Dave Navarro contributed instrumentals for Alanis's album Jagged Little Pill.

    • On Showtime's 5th season of WEEDS Alanis guest stars as the obstetrician Dr. Audra Kitson.

    • Alanis' song "UR" from the album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" is about her singing career in three different eras of her life: at ten years old, her mid-teens, and after her "Jagged Little Pill" tour.

    • Alanis' 1995 album Jagged Little Pill was ranked #35 on Entertainment Weekly magazine's 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years.

    • On April 25, 1999 Alanis sang Would Not Come at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan .

    • Alanis sang Hand In My Pocket live in Scotland in 1996.

    • Alanis is half Hungarian. She sings in the language on CD "The Prayer Circle".

    • Alanis was mugged in 1994. The mugger took her money but left her with her bag containing most of the Jagged Little Pill songs. She commented had the bag been taken she would not have been able to recover the songs from her memory.

    • Alanis has stated she would like to be married and have a family before she turns 40, and admits she would consider adopting a child.

    • For their one-year anniversary she and her boyfriend Ryan Reynolds got matching rings that are worn on the fourth fingers of their right hands. Their anniversary is May 2003.

    • Her song Forgiven from Jagged Little Pill is about her life growing up Catholic.

    • Her twin brother Wade is a yoga instructor.

    • She is 12 minutes younger than her twin brother.

    • In her music video for the song Thank U she is nude the entire time.

    • She attended Catholic school as a child.

    • Alanis uses a Harmonica for musical accompaniment in certain songs.

    • She was told at a young age that stage appearance was important, so from age 14-18 she was anorexic and bulimic.

    • As a child she began playing the piano and writing songs.

    • Getting a record deal with MCA Canada she moved to Toronto in 1991 and released her debut album, Alanis.

    • Jagged Little Pill, was released on Maverick Records, Madonna's label.

    • Alanis Morissette shocked 14,000 fans when she ended her first gig in Peru, at the Monumental Stadium in Lima, by shouting: "Thank you Brazil!"

    • She had a short role as an anonymous stage performer in De-Lovely Also she performed Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) for the movie.

    • Morissette would reprise her role in The Exonerated in London from May 23 through May 28.

    • In 1993, she appeared in the film Just One of the Girls which she called "horrible".

    • Alanis Morissette sang the national anthems at the Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4, 2007.

    • Alanis was ranked #16 on VH1's 50 Greatest Women of the Video Era.

    • As an act of appreciation for releasing a spoof of her song, My Humps, Fergie sent Alanis a cake in the shape of a butt and included a note saying she was a 'genius'.

    • On April 1, 2007, she released a spoof cover of The Black Eyed Peas' My Humps. The video of the single, in which she dances provocatively with a group of men and hits the ones who attempt to touch her, became an internet sensation, getting approximately 4 million hits in the first week.

    • She is 5'4" (1.63m) in height.

    • Her hit song Ironic was ranked #34 on Rolling Stone magazine and MTV's 100 Greatest Pop Songs. Her album Jagged Little Pill was ranked #31 on Rolling Stone's 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums and was ranked #327 on The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    • Her music video Ironic was ranked #42 on MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.

    • She has been in between intense writing sessions for her 2007 upcoming studio album, and she is going to spend the rest of the year working on a memoir. She is rumored to be working on her next album with producer Guy Sigsworth.

    • On June 7, 2006, People Magazine reported that she had split from fianceé Ryan Reynolds, however this was not confirmed. Later that month, a source said that they were indeed together, and Contact Music reported that their split was a "rumor". The couple were spotted holding hands in Los Angeles, sinking rumors about their supposed break-up. In February 2007, the couple mutually decided to end their engagement.

    • She has a friendly attitude towards homosexuality, and has so many gay friends that she wanted to pay tribute to them, and therefore she changed the line in hit song Ironic from "Meeting the man of my dreams and then meeting his beautiful wife" to "meeting his beautiful husband".

    • Her song You Oughta Know was ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years. Her music videos appeared on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos, Ironic was ranked #18 and Thank U was ranked #66.

    • She admitted in a 2004 interview on Howard Stern's radio show that the ex-boyfriend she sings about in You Oughta Know is, in fact Dave Coulier.

    • Her name is of Greek origin.

    • Her favorite movie is Forrest Gump.

    • She wrote her first song when she was nine years old.

    • She sings the song, That I Would Be Good from the Dawson's Creek soundtrack.

    • She always used to cut her hair herself, until the release of her album So Called Chaos, where she cut her hair short so she could feel 'liberated'. She has now grown her hair back, and says she enjoys cutting, colouring and playing with it like she never did before.

    • In 2006, her official Myspace site announced that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus.

    • On October 14, 2005, she released a cover of the 1991 Seal song Crazy as the first single from her greatest hits album, Alanis Morissette: The Collection. The song reached number 9 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.

    • A 10-year anniversary acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill was released in June 2005, with the first 6 months of sales to occur exclusively through Starbucks coffee shops.

    • While hosting the 2004 Juno Music Awards in Edmonton, Canada, she wore a nude-colored body suit with lifelike nipples and pubic hair to make a statement about censorship and to mock the FEC's reaction to the [url=]Janet Jackson[/url] breast-baring Superbowl incident. The audience roared with laughter upon realizing that her nudity was fake. This gained her respect in the music community.

    • When she was ten she joined the cast of the Canadian public television show You Can't Do That On Television after winning a TV station contest.

    • She was named after her father Alan.

    • The accompanying Jagged Little Pill: Acoustic tour ran for two months in the summer of 2005, with Alanis playing small, intimate theatre venues.

    • She contributed a song entitled Wunderkind to the soundtrack of the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song.

    • At the end of 2005, she dyed her hair blonde, but soon after changed it back to brunette.

    • She was inducted onto the Canadian Walk of Fame on 5 June 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    • She became a U.S. citizen on 11 February 2005. She now considers herself a Canadian-American.

    • She has publicly stated her opposition to George W. Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    • She wrote (all songs/lyrics) and recorded her album Jagged Little Pill, basing it on her relationship with then-beau Dave Coulier and her entire upbringing.

    • She shares a birthday with model Heidi Klum and actress Teri Polo.

    • She attended Notre Dame High School in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • She spoke German when she was a child but eventually forgot it later in her life.

    • She ranked #53 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'N' Roll.

    • She was born at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • She admitted to US Weekly that Hands Clean from her album Under Rug Swept, is about an affair that she had with a man 29 years old when she was just 14 years old. Their relationship lasted 5 years.

    • When her first debut single Fate Stay With Me and the Alanis, and Now Is The Time albums were released in Canada she was known only as "Alanis". She was advised to go just by her first name to not cause any name confusion with Alannah Myles, another Canadian singer who was popular at the time.

    • She attended Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • She has met Maverick Records boss Madonna only a few times. When Jagged Little Pill hit the 1 million sales mark, Madonna gave Alanis platinum nail polish to celebrate. In March 1999, Madonna gave her a $49,000 Tiffany's bracelet for her success.

    • She is a seven time Grammy Award-winner. She is the youngest artist to ever win an "Album of the Year" Grammy at age 21.

    • She dated Full House's Dave Coulier in 1992. Many people believe her song "You Oughta Know" is about him, as well as the song "Not the Doctor".

    • She is a nudist.

    • She phoned Mother Teresa the night before she died wanting to volunteer, but she was sleeping. Not wanting to wake her, Alanis said she would call back at a later time.

    • She is a vegetarian.

    • After playing God in the movie Dogma, she was asked if she had ever read the Bible. She said she had, but found it to be "patriarchal and sexist."

    • In 2001, her album Jagged Little Pill became the top-selling debut album in history.

    • Alanis' Discography: Alanis (Canada only) (1991) Now is the Time (Canada only) (1992) Jagged Little Pill (1995) Space Cakes (Import) (1997) Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998) MTV Unplugged (Live) (1999) Under Rug Swept (2002) So-Called Chaos (2004) Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (2005) The Collection (2005) Flavors of Entanglement (2008) Havoc and Bright Lights (August 28, 2012)

  • Quotes

    • Alanis: I would definitely consider adoption, no question about it. Not today, but at some point in the future. Ideally, I'd like to be married and starting a family before I'm 40.

    • Alanis: (on a relationship status as of 2008) I took a break over the past two and half years. I was tending to my personal life. (I hit) rock bottom. Everything from pounding pillows to sharing with intimate friends (helped me through it).

    • Alanis: In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.

    • Alanis: I was born in '74, so I missed out on all the great early '60s and early '70s.

    • Alanis: I try to keep a low profile in general. Not with my art, but just as a person.

    • Alanis: I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces, as opposed to what I see it being now, which is a way for me to actually communicate, and a way for me to tap into my subconscious.

    • Alanis: I remember when I was 10-years old I was at that proverbial fork in the road and I was acting as much as I was singing and writing songs just seemed to be so much more self-reliant and self-originating.

    • Alanis: I really do see that anywhere I am, whether it's doing interviews a hundred in a row, that every situation I'm in, I'm at choice in the matter.

    • Alanis: I know that I'm deeply, spiritually, profoundly philosophical and I also know that I'm about the flakiest person you're gonna meet.

    • Alanis: I just thought that it was obviously such a one-dimensional thing to call someone simply an angry person.

    • Alanis: I happen to be lucky in that I knew what I wanted to do as far as a career since I was nine years old.

    • Alanis: I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.

    • Alanis: Down the road, I'll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.

    • Alanis: At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.

    • Alanis: At one point, I was just perceived as only being angry, but now I'm being perceived as angry, peaceful, and spiritual.

    • Alanis: As long as I can say what it is that I need to say, then I'll fit whatever I'm trying to say around a melody.

    • Alanis: Anything I do has to be directly related to my music. If it isn't, I don't really see a point to it.

    • Alanis: Playing God in a cameo in a movie for a week-and-a-half is very fun.

    • Alanis: A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.

    • Alanis: It will be all the wisdom I've accrued in the thirty-one years of my life. A lot about relationships, fame, travel, body-image issues, spirit, with a lot of self-deprecating humor peppered throughout, 'cause I just can't help it. On writing her memoirs.

    • Alanis: I have so many friends who are homosexual who I just adore. Anytime I can support the gay community in whatever way, I will.

    • Alanis: I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.

    • Alanis: I was extremely moved by the plight of Tsunami victims and I was inspired to try to make a difference.

    • Alanis: I took a year and a half off after the tour from the last record, and there was a point where I didn't really want to do it again. I didn't want to be in the public eye in general and I didn't want to write another record and have everything that had come along with the one before to happen again.

    • Alanis: I don't like it when my lips steal the show.

    • Alanis: I had just gotten off the road, and I was tired, and I didn't think I'd be of any value to him, I said no at first, but then as I kind of rejuvenated, I checked back in with him and he still hadn't cast the role of God. And I said I'd love to do it and I did.

    • Alanis: The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.

    • Alanis: I can't towel-dry my hair, because it'll tangle. So I put a towel on the bed and smack my head on the bed, like, ten times, so all the water will drain out.

    • Alanis: I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.

    • Alanis: What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.

    • Alanis: We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect.

    • Alanis: There's such a thing as paralysis by analysis and I think I reached that point.