Who was Melanie Olmstead (“Yellowstone”) and why she got tribute?

March 22, 2024
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Melanie Olmstead Wiki Bio

The late American Melanie Olmstead was born in Salt Lake City, Utah USA on 15 November 1968, so Scorpio was her zodiac sign. Netizens (citizens of the internet) became interested in learning more about her after she received special thanks (‘in memory of’) in the 2019 episode “Sins of the Father” of the critically acclaimed western series “Yellowstone”, which Taylor Sheridan and John Linson created, and which today stars Luke Grimes and Kevin Costner. It follows the lives of members of a ranching family from Montana, the series has been airing since 2018 and has won six of its 38 award nominations.

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Education and early life

Melanie was raised in Salt Lake City by her adoptive parents Reid Howard, who was a military veteran, and his first wife Janet Corbridge, who passed away in 1979; Melanie never spoke about her biological parents, and it’s believed that she never met them.

She fell in love with acting while attending a local high school, appearing in various school plays, but she still wanted to work on her education; Melanie matriculated in 1987 and then enrolled at Westminster College. She eventually transferred to the University of Utah, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1991.

Upon failing to make it as an actress, she became a driver in the film industry in 2004; she had previously worked various jobs to financially support herself, but it remains undisclosed what exactly these were.


Melanie’s career

Melanie worked in the transportation department during the shooting of 10 movies and two TV series. Her first job was on the 2004 family comedy movie “Benji: Off the Leash!”, written and directed by Joe Camp, and which starred Nick Whitaker, Chris Kendrick and Nate Bynum. It follows the dog Benji as it’s trying to rescue his mother from a puppy mill.

Melanie’s following jobs are undocumented but in film studios; her next notable involvement came in 2010, when she worked as a driver on the critically acclaimed 2010 adventure movie “Frozen”, written and directed by Adam Green, and which starred Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell and Kevin Zegers. It follows three skiers who are facing death, and the movie won two of its seven award nominations.


Melanie could then have been seen working as a driver on the romantic comedy movie “Darling Companion”, the science fiction adventure movie “John Carter” and the adventure family comedy film “12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue”, all released in 2012.

In 2014, she was involved with the popular family musical movie “Jackie & Ryan”, written and directed by Ami Canaan Mann, and which starred Katherine Heigl, Ben Barnes and Clea DuVall. It follows an unsuccessful musician and a single mother who’ve fallen in love, and the movie was nominated for a Venice Film Festival Award for Best Film.


In 2015, Melanie worked as an additional driver on the western crime movie “Wild Horses”, which Robert Duvall wrote and directed, as well as starred in alongside James Franco and Darien Willardson; it follows a detective who’s begun investigating a 15 years old case of a missing boy, believing that the boy was murdered by a local rancher.

Melanie then worked on the 2015 action crime adventure movie “Point Break”, then in 2017 the crime mystery film “Wind River”, eight episodes of the horror comedy series “Snatchers”, and on 12 episodes of the family comedy “Andi Mack”, created by Terri Minsky, and which starred Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush and Sofia Wylie. It follows a teenage girl who’s struggling to learn where she fits in, and the series won five of its 13 award nominations.

Melanie had only two other credits as a driver: she worked on the 2018 mystery horror movie “Hereditary” and the 2020 biographical film “Joe Bell” released after her death, directed by Reionaldo Marcus Green, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller and Connie Britton, and is a true story of a working-class father who’s walking across the US to raise awareness about bullying in schools, because his gay son is being bullied.

Love life and relationships

Melanie was always quite secretive when it came to talking about her love life, but her fans have managed to learn that she was lesbian, and married to non-celebrity American Annalise Ford.


They exchanged vows on 31 December 2015, in a private ceremony attended by not more than 60 of their closest friends and family members, and it’s believed that the wedding took place at a beach. The two had no children together.

Melanie didn’t speak of other women whom she’d maybe dated; she was married to Annalise Ford at the time of her passing, and didn’t have children.


Interesting facts and hobbies

Melanie was passionate about horses, and often uploaded pictures featuring herself horseback riding onto her Instagram account; she shared that she started loving horses as a pre-teen, and around the same time learned to ride, but that she didn’t have her own horse until she was an adult. On 12 June 2018, she uploaded a picture of her horse Mahogany onto her Facebook page, revealing that she’d had it with her since her college days, and that it was the horse’s 37th birthday; Mahogany was also there during Melanie’s funeral.

She was an activist and fighter for equal human rights; Melanie was a supporter of the movement Black Lives Matter, and was active with several charity organizations working with underprivileged children.

Melanie’s favorite actresses were Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep, and her favorite movies included “Wanted”, “Girl, Interrupted” and “Doubt”.


Death, appearance and wealth

Melanie died from an unknown cause on 25 May 2019, aged 50, and would’ve been 53 as of early 2023; some of the people on the internet believe that she committed suicide, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

She had brown eyes and hair, was 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighed about 135lbs (60kgs); Melanie’s net worth was estimated at over $500,000 at the time of her death.

Olivia Wilson

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