Yellowstone paid tribute to Melanie Olmstead and fans are curious about who she was. So, let’s explore the show’s finale dedication.

The TV shows and films that we consume are so much more than the talents placed in front of the camera.

Indeed, the industry is full of unsung heroes inevitably overshadowed by the key players. It takes so many individuals to help sculpt the entertainment we enjoy and no matter what their job title may be, their contribution should be recognised and appreciated.

When those who work in the industry pass away, on the other hand, highlighting their name with a unique dedication seems somewhat essential.

This was the case with the Yellowstone season 2 finale.

Created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, the series premiered back in 2018 and showcased such known actors as Kevin Costner and Wes Bentley.

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The finale encouraged us to reflect not on the talent’s of the cast, but instead, a dedication honouring the memory of Melanie Olmstead. Who was she?

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Yellowstone: Melanie Olmstead tribute explained

  • Melanie Olmstead worked as part of the transportation department on a number of TV and movie projects, including Yellowstone.

On Yellowstone, she worked as transportation and location lead.

Sadly, she was honoured at the end of ‘Sins of the Father’ because she passed away at the age of 50 in May 2019. The dedication read: “In memory of Melanie Olmstead 1968-2019.”

Fans of the show grew curious about who she was when the episode initially aired and new audiences continue to find themselves inquisitive about her passing.

She was from Salt Lake City, Utah and the cause of death isn’t known. So, let’s take a moment to reflect on her career. What else did she work on?

Melanie Olmstead: Previous projects

Looking back, Melanie boasted a career in film and TV across two decades.

According to IMDb, she worked as a location assistant on the 2000 film Primary Suspect starring William Baldwin and went on to work as a driver on such titles as 2004’s Benji: Off the Leash!, the 2010 survival-horror Frozen and 2012’s Darling Companion.

That same year, she also worked as a driver on the Disney blockbuster John Carter, as well as 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue.

Later work as a driver saw her aboard such projects as Ari Aster’s critically acclaimed Hereditary, 2017’s Wind River starring Jeremy Renner, 2015’s Point Break and Wild Horses.

As for TV work, we also have Snatchers.

Her last credit was as a driver on the 2020 biographical drama film Joe Bell, with Mark Wahlberg in the titular role.

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Remembering Melanie

Speaking of wild horses, Melanie had long made her love of animals known and even had her own horse, Mahogany.

In a Facebook post about Mahogany, she wrote: “My love affair with horses started about the time I learned to walk, but I didn’t get my first ‘just mine’ horse until I was an adult. This beautiful, amazing girl has been with me since college and recently celebrated her 37th birthday—for my non-horsey friends, that’s over 100 in human years—and she’s still doing great!”

In the wake of her passing, family and friends held an event in Salt Lake City to celebrate her…

In memory of Melanie Olmstead 1968-2019.

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