Natalie Merchant Biography

Updated On Jul 18, 2017 Published On Aug 24, 2015
Facts of Natalie Merchant
Date of Birth: 1963 , October-26
Birth Nation: United States
Name Natalie Merchant
Nationality American (United States Citizen)
Birth Place/City Jamestown, New York, USA
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Musician, songwriter
Weight in KG 59 kg
Married Yes
Married to Daniel de la Calle ( 2003)
Children Daughter Lucia. However
Education Jamestown Community College
Online Presence Yes in Wiki, Twitter
TV Show Good Morning America
Net Worth $5 Million USD
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonade
Body Measurements 36-27-34 (Bust-Waist-Hip)
Birth Name Natalie Anne Merchant
Father Anthony
Mother Ann Merchan
Working For Musician, Songwriter
Face Color White
Famous for Singer
Divorce Yes (Daniel de la Calle-2012)
Awards Not Yet
Breast Size 36 B
Waist size 27 in
Hip Size 34 in
Salary N/A
Tattoo(s) Not Available
Religion Christinality
Neck Size 9.2
Shoe Size 8.4
Movies Earthlings her latest documentry
Sisters 1 older sister
Siblings Sean Clancy
Girlfriend Amber Smith
Music Group 10,000 Maniacs
Nick Name Abbey
Affair with dating footballer Peter Crouch in 2006
Albums Don Henley
Chest Size Unknown
Boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo
Special Title Miss January 1999
View moreless Facts of Natalie Merchant

Merchant began her singing career in 1981. She was the lead singer and primary lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs, joining the band in its infancy. During that time, she was also a student at Jamestown Community College.They recorded their album Human Conflict Number Five and performed a corresponding Music video at The Hotel Franklin and at Group W Westinghouse studios in 1982. She was the lead vocals a pianist for 10,000 Maniacs for seven studio albums. In 1993 she officially announced her separation from the band to pursue her solo career.

Additionally, Merchant is also a renowned actress. She has earned wide recognition from her outstanding acting skills. She has featured in movies like One Final Day, Earthlings, Cheaper by the Dozen, Candida, etc and also portrayed in the Tv series such as The Tube, Rock & Roll Inaugural Ball, Hard Rock Live, Saturday Night Live, Go Further, The Today Show, The Andrew Marr Show and much more. 

Merchant is a married woman. In 2003, Natalie Merchant married Daniel de la Calle. They have one child together, a daughter named Lucia de la Calle. However, in an interview in 2012, she hinted that she is now divorced but so far media has not found any record of Merchant's involvement in any kind of extra marital affairs.

The singer surely earns a good amount of money from her music royalties and tours. Despite her singing career, She also makes the rich amount of money from her acting career. It is estimated that her current Net worth is around $5 Million.  


Natalie Merchant

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Born on Jamestown, New York

October 26 , 1963

She was from a middle class family. She was born in Jamestown, New York, United States of America to Anthony and Ann Merchant. Her paternal grandfather, who played the accordion, mandolin and guitar, immigrated to the United States from Sicily. Her birth name was Natalie Anne Merchant.


Married to Daniel de la Calle

January 21 , 2003

She was not involved in any kind of love affairs till 2003. However later in 2003, Merchant married Daniel de la Calle. They have one children together, a daughter named Lucia. The date of birth of her daughter is unknown to the press.

Divorced to Merchant married Daniel de la Calle

June 30 , 2012

She was married to Merchant married Daniel de la Calle in 2003. They remained in the married life for about a decade and during this time they also have one child together. However, in an interview in 2012, she made some hint that she is now divorced.


Began her career

February 14 , 1981

Merchant began her singing career in 1981. She was lead singer and primary lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs, joining in its infancy. They recorded their album Human Conflict Number Five and performed a corresponding Music video at The Hotel Franklin and at Group W Westinghouse studios in 1982. 

Began her solo career

May 2 , 1993

She joined 10,000 Maniacs and remained there for about twelve years. She was lead singer, pianist and also the primary lyricist. However, in 1993 she left this group and began her solo career. She also earned a huge success through her solo career.


Organised a concert

November 15 , 2012

Merchant, along with actor and writer Mark Ruffalo, organized a concert in 2012. It was organized to protest oil and gas frocking in New York State. She also directed a short 2013 documentary titled SHELTER: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence.


Gave birth to her second child

September 12 , 2012

Once again in 2012, she became the mother of her second daughter. This time she gave birth to her 2nd child, a daughter Sienna Lima Jaric on September 12, 2012. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Marko Jaric. She was 31 when she gave birth to her second child.

Started her modelling career

August 13 , 1996

During her childhood days, Lima never thought about being a model. However, she did have a friend at school that wanted to enter a modeling contest and did not want to enter alone. So she pursued Lima to enter with her. Both of them sent their pictures, and the contest sponsor soon asked Lima to come out for the competition. 

Won Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil"

July 17 , 1996

In 1996, the starting days of her modeling career, she entered and finished in first place in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" model search. She then entered the 1996 Ford "Supermodel of the World" contest and finished in second place. 

Top earning model

July 26 , 2012

Lima is the top earning model in the world. In 2012, she was ranked in 4th place on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $7.3 million in one year. The next year in 2013, she came in third place and in 2014 she came in second place with earnings of $8 million.

Was listed in Maxim's Hot 100

November 2 , 2003

Lima was achieved lots of things from her modeling career. In 2003, she was ranked 57th in Maxim's Hot 100 2003, ahead of Naomi Watts and behind Salma Hayek. The same year she was also listed on the's Most Desirable Women was placed 75th.


Contracted with Victoria's Secret

January 11 , 2000

Lima is probably popular in the world for her work with Victoria's Secret. She first joined this company in 1999 and her first fashion show for the company was also in the same year and since being contracted as an Angel in 2000, she made her appearance on subsequent shows ever since, opening the show in 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Listed on Askmencom's Most Desirable Women


Lima is one of the world's top fashion models. For many years, she is being listed on's Most Desirable Women. In 2004, she was ranked first and in 2002, she was ranked 33rd in the same listing.

Defended her titile on Askmencom's 99 Most Desirable Women

January 3 , 2005

In 2005, she defended her title on's 99 Most Desirable Women. She was named first leaving behind such starts as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Monica Bellucci and Charlize Theron. The same year she was also named 39th in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005).


First acting role


Lima is not only a model, she is also an actress. She made her first acting role as the wife, alongside Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker, in The Follow (2001), a short film in BMW's series The Hire, starring Clive Owen and directed by Wong Kar-wai.



Won the Fantasy Bra

January 2 , 2008

Lima also featured in Miracle Bra launch. She wore the "Fantasy Bra" for the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. That bra was created by American jewelry designer Martin Katz, was set with 3,575 black diamonds, 117 certified 1 carat (200 mg) white round diamonds, 34 rubies, and two black diamond drops totaling 100 carats (20 g). Valued at over $5 million, the bra carried more than 1,500 carats (300 g).


Listed on FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World"


She is gaining lots of popularity and fame since her start to the fashion world. In 2011, she was ranked 14th in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World". A year before, she was ranked 8th in the 2010 FHM UK list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".

Voted first in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2007


In 2007, she was voted first in FHM's Sexiest girls of 2007 poll, Latvian edition. The same year she was also named 4th on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. Forbes Magazine estimated that her earnings for that year to be $9 million.

Listed in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005"


Alba was listed in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement and she was named 22nd. She was also named second on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2006" supplement and she was named 3rd in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.