Melanie Olmstead Was Known For Her Contribution In Yellowstone: All About Her

By Aaron Hernandez | Published on: March 16, 2024 | Updated on: March 19, 2024
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Melanie Olmstead died in 2019 but has left behind a big legacy. She was the crew member of the Paramount Network’s successful series Yellowstone. Not only this, but Olmstead had remained the location management and transportation head for several other successful Hollywood films like Hereditary, Snatchers, Good Joe Bell, and many others.

Apart from this, Melanie also led a successful relationship. She was in a lesbian relationship with her ex-partner. But what else do we know about the late Melanie? Had the former crew member ever been in a marital relationship? If was, find out about her husband.

Here are numerous unknown facts about Melanie including her untimely death, her relationship with her parents, and more.

Who were Melanie Olmstead Parents? Details on Her Siblings

The late Melanie Olmstead was born on 15 Nov 1968, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. She was the adopted daughter of a U.S. military veteran Reid Howard, and his first wife, Janet Corbridge.

Ried was a U.S. Army veteran and served an LDS mission in St. Louis Missouri. He also was at the Defense Depot of Ogden for 25 years, until his retirement in 1991.

Melanie Olmstead's father Reid Howard
Melanie Olmstead’s father Reid Howard

Ried and his wife Janet adopted Melanie in 1968, following the death of their newly born kid in 1960. The family of three led a beautiful life until Melanie’s adopted mother Janet died of diabetes-related complications in April 1979.

Following the death of Janet, Ried married his second wife Loa Rose Hanson, the Delta, Utah native, in February 1982 in the Ogden temple. Ried and his second wife Hanson were in a relationship for 34 years until his death on June 11, 2016.

Olmstead was the part of Paramount series, Yellowstone

Melanie led a successful career in the Hollywood film industry. She had worked behind the camera for numerous Hollywood movies as the location management and transportation head.

However, Olmstead is mostly recognized for her dedication to the creation of the Paramount Network’s successful show Yellowstone. She reportedly worked in Yellowstone as a filming crew and transporter for the production team. In the series, she worked alongside Josh Holloway, Kevin Costner.

In fact, the series even dedicated a few episodes of season two as a tribute to Melanie.

Well, apart from Yellowstone, Melanie also worked in a few other TV series like Hereditary, SnatchersHereditary, Snatchers (eight episodes), Wind River, Wild Horses, and more. Back in 2017, the actress popped up on 12 episodes of Andi Mack.

Her other acting credits include Point Break, 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue, Jackie & Ryan, John Carter, Benji: Off the Leash!, Darling Companion, and Frozen.

Her most recent work was in the 2020 American Drama film Good Joe Bell, where Melanie worked as a transporter. She first started her career as the location assistant of the 2000 film Primary Suspect and had been in the industry for around 19 years.

Melanie Olmstead Husband: Was Melanie Married Ever?

Olmstead was married at the time of her death. She was reportedly wedded to another Utah resident Annalise Ford. Yes, she was a lesbian. Besides, the pair tied the knot on December 31, 2015, and were incredible as a couple.

Back on June 27, 2016, Annalise even wished her wife 6 months of marriage via a Facebook post. In response to the post, Melanie added a heart emoji in the comment section expressing her love.

Melanie Olmstead husband
Melanie Olmstead’s relationship with her wife Annalise.

Tragically, their marriage came to an abrupt end on 25 May 2019, with the death of Melanie.

Olmstead Had Real Love For Horses

Just like the Yellowstone characters, Olmstead had a strong love for horses. In fact, her last post on Facebook, before her death, was dedicated to her horse.

In her last post on June 13, 2018, Melanie wrote a lengthy message wishing her horse “Mahogany” on her 37th birthday. Sadly, her horse also died around a month after Olmstead’s death.

What is His Cause of Death? Her Obituary

Melanie died on 25 May 2019, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. She was 50 at the time of her demise. The cause of her death is yet to reveal.

In honor of Melanie, her family and friends held a celebration of life on June 30. Also owing to her love for horses, her close ones had a horse ride a day before on June 29.

Regarding the event, one of her friends wrote,

Celebration of life for Melanie Olmstead was amazing! Horsewomen, Writers, Artists, Theater, Film, cast and crew peeps! Some I have known for 30 years! What beautiful souls! My Salt Lake family! Ride on, our beautiful Melanie Olmstead! ?.

Likewise, another friend also came up with a sweet comment after the tragic loss.

I remember the first time I ever saw Melanie’s sweet face …  back in the 90s. And every time thereafter I marveled at her calm presence. Such loss.

Melanie is no more with us. But her contribution as a person will always remain and will be cherished forever.

Rest In Peace Melanie!

Net Worth

Olmstead had an estimated fortune of $900,000 at the time of her death. She racked such good fortune from her behind the scene work in movies and TV shows and other endeavors.