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Also Known As: Alanis Nadine Morissette Died:
Born: June 1, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, CA Profession: singer, musician, songwriter, actress, record producer

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Alanis Morissette turned her angst into an art form and delivered one of the most groundbreaking albums of all time with her 1995 opus, Jagged Little Pill. The iconic album bridged the gap between post-Nirvana grunge and pre-Britney Spears pop with the singer-songwriter's unapologetic and haunting tracks such as the confessional "You Oughta Know" and "Hand in My Pocket." The Grammy Award-winning album also branded Morissette as the poster girl for the 1990s "angry young woman," an alternative rock answer to Madonna's overt sexuality and Courtney Love's gutter-punk attitude. However, Morissette's multilayered music - as well as her quiet, down-to-earth demeanor - reached out to more than just Generation X rockers and riot girls, extending her 15 minutes of fame. She released several other successful albums and had memorable acting roles in films like "Dogma," (1999) and on television on programs such as "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005- ). Yet for all her efforts both in music and the acting realm, none delivered the caliber and pop culture impact of Jagged Little Pill, which put Morissette on the map as one of the most definitive artists of her generation.

Alanis Morissette turned her angst into an art form and delivered one of the most groundbreaking albums of all time with her 1995 opus, Jagged Little Pill. The iconic album bridged the gap between post-Nirvana grunge and pre-Britney Spears pop with the singer-songwriter's unapologetic and haunting tracks such as the confessional "You Oughta Know" and "Hand in My Pocket." The Grammy Award-winning album also branded Morissette as the poster girl for the 1990s "angry young woman," an alternative rock answer to Madonna's overt sexuality and Courtney Love's gutter-punk attitude. However, Morissette's multilayered music - as well as her quiet, down-to-earth demeanor - reached out to more than just Generation X rockers and riot girls, extending her 15 minutes of fame. She released several other successful albums and had memorable acting roles in films like "Dogma," (1999) and on television on programs such as "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005- ). Yet for all her efforts both in music and the acting realm, none delivered the caliber and pop culture impact of Jagged Little Pill, which put Morissette on the map as one of the most definitive artists of her generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 As Cool As I Am (2013)
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4.
 Fourteen Women (2007)
5.
6.
 Fuck (2005)
7.
 De-Lovely (2004) Musical Performer ("Let'S Do It, Let'S Fall In Love")
9.
 Dogma (1999) God
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Began playing the piano at age six
1984:
Wrote her first song, "Fate Stay with Me," which she sent to a local folk singer, Lindsay Morgan
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Released "Fate Stay with Me" as a single via a label she founded with Morgan
1986:
Cast as a regular on the CTV/Nickelodeon show, "You Can't Do That on Television"
1987:
Landed a spot on "Star Search," but lost after one round (used the stage name of Alanis Nadine)
1988:
Signed a publishing deal with MCA Publishing
1991:
Released debut album, <i>Alanis</i> (Canada only); Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe
1992:
Released second album, <i>Now Is the Time</i>; Morissette wrote the songs with the album's producer, Leslie Howe (Canada only)
1993:
Appeared in the film "Just One of the Girls" starring Corey Haim
1995:
Singed a deal with Maverick Records
1995:
First internationally released album, <i>Jagged Little Pill</i>
1998:
Recorded the song "Uninvited" for the soundtrack for the film "City of Angels"
1998:
Released her fourth album, <i>Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie</i>, which she wrote and produced with Glen Ballard
1999:
Appearing as God in the Kevin Smith film "Dogma"; also contributed the song "Still" to its soundtrack
1999:
Played a lesbian on an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City"
2001:
First album solely written and produced by Morissette, <i>Under Rug Swept</i>
2002:
Appeared as herself in an episode of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
2003:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway play "The Exonerated" as Sunny Jacobs, a death row inmate freed after proof surfaced that she was innocent
2004:
Appeared briefly in the Cole Porter biographical film "De-Lovely"; also performed the song "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)"
2005:
Released an acoustic version of <i>Jagged Little Pill Acoustic</i>; released exclusively through Starbucks' Hear Music retail
2006:
Contributed the song "Wunderkind" to the soundtrack of the film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
2006:
Guest-starred in three episodes of FX's "Nip/Tuck," playing a lesbian named Poppy
2007:
Released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas's song "My Humps"; also released an accompanying YouTube-hosted video
2008:
Released seventh studio album, <i>Flavors of Entanglement</i>
2009:
Appeared in several episodes of "Weeds" (Showtime), playing Dr. Audra Kitson, a "no-nonsense obstetrician"
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Education

Immaculata High School: -
Glebe Collegiate Institute: -

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companion:
Christian Lane. Musician.
companion:
Ryan Reynolds. Actor. Began dating by e-mail in 2002; engaged as of June 2004.
companion:
Gavin DeBecker. Security expert. Born c. 1954; dated 2000 to 2002.
companion:
Dave Coulier. Actor. Together 1992; alleged subject of Alanis' hit "You Oughta Know" .
companion:
Dash Mihok. Co-stars in video for her single "So Pure"; began relationship in 1998; no longer together.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Alan Morissette. High school principal. French-Canadian.
mother:
Georgia Morissette. Born in Hungary.
brother:
Chad Morissette. Older.
brother:
Wade Morissette. Twin of Alanis.
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