Mary Kate Olsen Obituary

July 23, 2007
Salina Villegas

Mary-Kate Olsen, who, with her fraternal twin sister, Ashley Olsen, was best known for playing the role of Michelle Tanner in the family sitcom Full House (1987-1995), died Wednesday from a drug overdose. She was 21.

Olsen, who publicly announced her eating disorder in 2004, was found lying next to an empty bottle of anti-depressant pills. Death confirmation took place early Wednesday morning when paramedics could no longer find a steady pulse.

Since infancy, Mary-Kate Olsen worked primarily alongside her twin sister in the entertainment industry. She and her sister became the youngest self-made millionaires in American history before age 10.

Before Olsen walked, she split roles with her sister as Michelle Tanner on the network sitcom Full House. She learned how to crawl, walk and ride a bike on set. In 1989, Producer Robert Thome raised her salary to $150,000 per episode of Full House. In 1995 the network sitcom was cancelled, which allowed Olsen to move onto other things.

Olsen made many productions in the mean time. Among the most famous were the video series called The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley, in which the girls were detectives who would “solve any crime by dinner time”.

At age 7, Olsen became an executive producer of a Thome-founded company called Dualstar. Olsen had specifics to her target audience, only wanting to reach out to the girls who were too old for cartoons, but too young for teen movies. By 2003, Olsen had profited $970 million from Dualstar, selling everything from movies to CD’s and cosmetics to hair products.

While attending New York University, Olsen publicly announced her eating disorder in 2004. On her eighteenth birthday, Olsen entered a rehab program for Anorexia. One month later, she checked out.

Olsen’s family continued to show much love and support for her, though they could tell of her incompetence to rehabilitate.
“She was always there for me when I needed her; she’s my best friend; she’s my everything.” Said twin sister Ashley Olsen.
Mary-Kate Olsen was born on June 13, 1986, two minutes before twin sister Ashley Olsen, in Sherman Oaks, California. While they appear to be identical twins, the girls are fraternal. Her parents, Jarnie and David Olsen, are divorced but still managed the Olsen twins' careers together. Olsen lived in Los Angeles with older brother Trent, and younger sister Elizabeth both of whom appeared in the Olsen twins' video adventures.

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