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Alanis Morissette Biography

Birth Name:
Alanis Nadine Morissette
Birth Place:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Singer, songwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Twin brother Wade was born 12 minutes before her
  • Began playing piano at age 6 and writing songs at age 9
  • Joined You Can't Do That on Television (a popular kid's show on Nickelodeon) at age 11
  • Appeared on Star Search in 1988, singing the Osmond Brothers hit "One Bad Apple
  • " Opened for Vanilla Ice in 1991
  • Released two dance-pop albums in Canada prior to her 1995 U
  • S
  • debut, Jagged Little Pill
  • Sold in excess of 30 million copies of Jagged Little Pill, which remained in the Top 10 for 69 weeks
  • Her breakthrough single "You Oughta Know" is said to have been inspired by a relationship/break-up with Full House actor Dave Coulier
  • Became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church in 2004
  • Her 2007 YouTube parody of the Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" was viewed more than 13
  • 5 million times


  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated