Alanis Nadine Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, on June 1st 1974. Alanis' Greek name is a feminine version of her father's name, Alan. Her mother's name's Georgia and she has two brothers: Chad and Wade (Alanis' Twin). She learned to play the piano at age 6 and the guitar at age 21. In 1986 Alanis made a single called Fate Stay With Me (b-side: Find The Right Man). She recorded two albums as a dance-pop singer in Canada: Alanis (1991) and Now Is The Time (1992). At age 18, she moved to Toronto and worked with several musicians and songwriters, but the collaborations didn't work. In 1994, she finally found the right partner: producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, who had already worked with many artists, including Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand. Then she moved to LA at age 19. On June 13th 1995 "Jagged Little Pill" was released by Madonna's Maverick Records. Alanis had found an autobiographical, extremely personal way to write songs. JLP has sold about 30 million copies around the world, turning into the highest selling female album and the 3rd highest selling album of all times. After going through emotional conflicts (when she even contemplated not recording another album) and a trip to India (where she had the opportunity to recharge ) Alanis returned with the song Uninvited, for City of Angels (1998) soundtrack on March 31st 1998. In the same year the album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" was released. Alanis directed the videos Joining You, Unsent and So Pure from SFIJ. In 1999 she played the role of God in the movie Dogma (1999) and collaborated with the song Still for the soundtrack. In 1999 she also recorded the album MTV Unplugged. In 2000 Alanis performed on Broadway show The Vagina Monologues. She lives in Brentwood, California.
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Alanis Morissette has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. She has won twelve Juno Awards, seven Grammy® Awards, and has also received an additional fourteen Grammy® nominations. Morissette's international debut album "Jagged Little Pill" remains the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S. and is the highest selling debut album worldwide in music history. Morissette's subsequent five studio albums have all included a series of chart-topping singles. Her most recent release, "Flavors of Entanglement", was released in June 2008 and debuted in the U.S. in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. Achieving success as a recording and performing artist, Morissette has also lent her talents to other forums. Her television acting work includes roles on Sex and the City (1998) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), along with a three-episode arc on Nip/Tuck (2003).
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Born to a French Canadian father Alan Richard Morissette and a Hungarian mother Georgia Mary Ann Feuerstein. Twin brother named Wade. Released two albums in Canada prior to first release in U.S.
Has an older brother, Chad, and a twin brother, Wade.
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.
Attended Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.
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.
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.
8 March 1996 was named "Alanis Morissette Day" in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada by the then mayor.
Financial backer of Broadway musical 'Jane Eyre,' spring 2001.
Madonna had to meet with Alanis and exert pressure on her not to quit Maverick Records over her disappointing sales -and Maverick marketing- of latest album (May 2001).
Began playing the piano at the age of 6.
After playing God in the movie Dogma (1999), she was asked if she had ever read the Bible. She said she had, but found it to be "patriarchal and sexist."
Her album "Under Rug Swept", released on 26 February 2002, included 13 new songs and topped the Billboard 200 chart.
When MP3 sponsored one of her concert tours, she was offered $50,000 in cash. Instead, she chose to take it in the form of company stock. When MP3 went public, the value of her shares went into the millions of dollars.
Alanis admitted to US Weekly that "Hands Clean" from her 'Under Rug Swept' album is about an affair that she had with a 29-year-old man when she was just fourteen years old. Their relationship lasted 5 years.
Twin brother Wade is a yoga instructor.
Is 12 minutes younger than her twin brother.
Is the youngest artist (at the age of 21) to ever win an "Album of the Year" Grammy. 
Has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, making her one of the most successful female artists of all time.
Attended the 2003 Canadian Juno Music Awards with actor Ryan Reynolds.
Has won 16 Juno Awards (five in the years 1996 and 2000), eight Grammy Awards including "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for "You Oughta Know" in 1999, and four American Music Awards.
Was born at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario.
To celebrate their one year anniversary, Alanis and boyfriend Ryan Reynolds wear matching rings on their fourth fingers of their right hands (May 2003).
Ranked #53 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Spoke German when she was a child, but eventually forgot it later in her life.
Will host the 2004 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Awards, which will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 4 April.
Will be performing at an event featuring the The Dalai Lama to build support for his Tibet China Negotiation Campaign. The event will take place in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada (24 April 2004).
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 Janet Jackson's breast-baring Superbowl incident. The audience roared with laughter upon realizing that her nudity was fake.
Attended "Glebe Collegiate Institute" located in Ottawa, Ontario.
Became engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, in June 2004.
Plans on becoming an American citizen but will still keep her Canadian citizenship.
Wrote and recorded her album "Jagged Little Pill", basing it on her relationship with then-beau Dave Coulier and her entire upbringing.
Has publicly stated her opposition to George W. Bush invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Became a U.S. citizen on 11 February 2005. She now considers herself a Canadian-American.
Will be inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame on 5 June 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"Jagged Little Pill" sold over 43 million copies, making it the biggest selling debut album of any artist in history.
She was first considered for the character of "Becky" in the original incarnation of Clerks II (2006), and would have involved Randal falling in love with her as opposed to Dante, like in the present version.
Performed the US and the Canadian national anthem at Game 4 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals between the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Ottawa Senators. [June 2007]
Became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church (2004).
During her live performance at The 38th Annual Grammy Awards (1996), CBS infamously censored some of the lyrics of "You Oughta Know" (28 February 1996).
When making her first album, she suffered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa due to professional pressure and managerial demands, so she subsequently had to began therapy.
Two music videos that made it on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos: "Ironic" was #18 and "Thank U" was #66.
Embarking on a European tour. [July 2003]
Guests as Poppy, the anesthesiologist lesbian lover of Roma Maffia's Liz in the TV show Nip/Tuck (2003). She will be on the show for three episodes. [October 2006]
Finishing up work on her sixth full-length album. It will be called "So-Called Chaos" and it will be released on May 18, 2004. [January 2004]
Just released the 10th year acoustic version of her worldwide famous album "Jagged Little Pill". [June 2005]
Her favorite song is Ave Maria.
Mother, with husband Souleye, of three children: son Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway (b. December 25, 2010), daughter Onyx Solace Morissette-Treadway (b. June 23, 2016) and another son, Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway (b. August 8, 2019).
Her former manager Jonathan Todd Schwartz embezzled $7 million from her and other celebrities.[May 2017].
Ran a marathon promoting awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association..
Between the births of her son Ever and daughter Onyx, she had multiple miscarriages.
A distant cousin of Paul McMichael on his father's side of the family.
Personal Quotes (9)
We're taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they're of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.
Peace of mind for five minutes, that's what I crave.
The whole celebrity thing is not something I'm overly interested in. I don't pop up at parties. It's just not my thing.
Music will always be a part of my life. I love music and I don't care how many units I sell.
That what we judge in someone else, we are really judging in ourselves.
So many times I've been just gripping the steering wheel and driving, and just have a piece of paper on where my horn is, and just writing sort of looking up and down. I've done that so much! It'll be worth the crash.
I have not an ounce of regret. Every link is so valuable in forming the chain that is my life. Who I am today is because of those links, and I wouldn't change any of them.
Every time I go through something difficult, I think, 'This is the mother-load. I'm not going to get through this one.' And then, six months later, I'm like, 'What's his name again?'
I've never talked about who my songs are about, and I won't because...they're written for the sake of personal expression. So with all due respect to whomever may see themselves in my songs - and it happens all the time - I never really comment on it because I write these songs for myself. I don't write them for other people.