Melanie Olmstead Was Known For Her Contribution In Yellowstone: All About Her
Melanie Olmstead died on 25 May 2019

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

Melanie Olmstead died recently, but she has left behind a big legacy. She was the crew member of the Paramount Network’s successful series Yellowstone. Not only this, but she 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. But what else do we know about the late Melanie? Did she had any children?

Find out all the answers here including info on her parents, siblings, and her untimely death.

Melanie Olmstead Wiki: Her Parents, Siblings

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 and served an LDS mission in St. Louis Missouri. Likewise, he also was at 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 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 mother Janet died of diabetes-related complications in April 1979.

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Following the death of Janet, Ried married his second wife Loa Rose Hanson from Delta, Utah, in February 1982 in the Ogden temple. Ried and his second wife Hanson were in a relationship for 34 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, she is mostly recognized for her dedication to the creation of the Paramount Network’s successful show Yellowstone. Olmstead reportedly worked in Yellowstone as a filming crew and transporter for the production team.

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

Well, apart from Yellowstone, Melanie has also contributed in other TV series like Hereditary, SnatchersHereditary, Snatchers (eight episodes), Wind River, Wild Horses, Andi Mack (12 episodes), Point Break, 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue, Jackie & Ryan, John Carter, Benji: Off the Leash!, and Darling Companion, Frozen.

Her most recent work was in the 2020 American Drama film Good Joe Bell, where she worked as a transporter.

Melanie started her career as the location assistant of the 2000 film Primary Suspect and had been in the industry for around 19 years.

She was in a Lesbian Relationship with wife Annalise Ford

Melanie Olmstead was married at the time of her death. She was reportedly wedded to another Utah resident Annalise Ford. The two married 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.


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, she wrote a lengthy message wishing her horse “Mahogany” on her 37th birthday.

Check out the post here.

Melanie Olmstead loved horses
Melanie Olmstead loved horses

Her horse also died around a month after Olmstead’s death.

Friends remembered Melanie after her Death

Melanie died at the age of 50 on 25 May 2019, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. In honor of Melanie, her family and friends held a celebration of life on June 30.  Also owing to her love for horses, her closed 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!