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Melissa Etheridge marries Riggs workshop veteran

Posted by: Neal Justin under Music, Television Updated: June 2, 2014 - 6:00 PM

 

 

Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem/photo by Richard Shotwell

We don't know if the third time will be a charm for Melissa Etheridge, but we can guarantee that she's going to have a lot of laughs. The rocker, who previously had long-term relationships with Julie Cypher and Tammy Lynn Michaels, got married Saturday to Linda Wallem, who spent time at the Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in the early 80s. Wallem was attending the University of Minnesota, but dropped out of school when the Minneapolis-based comedy troupe came calling.

Wallem would go on to create the Showtime series, "Nurse Jackie" with another former U of M student, Liz Brixius.

In a 2010 interview with the Star Tribune, Wallem spoke highly of her time in the Twin Cities.

"The best thing I ever did was learn improv," she said. "You're forced to open your mind, open yourself to possibilities. I credit Brave New Workshop with everything."

Etheridge and Wallem, both 53, have been dating since 2010.

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