• Dana York Epperson is the widow of singer/songwriter Tom Petty
• She has a net worth of over $1 million
• She and Tom were together from 2001 until his death in 2017
• They met in 1991 and reconnected five years later
• He passed away from mixed drug toxicity caused by drugs for his multiple medical conditions in 2017



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Short Info

Net Worth$75 million
Date Of BirthOctober 20, 1950
SpouseDana York, Jane Benyo, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA
MarkWorld-weary vocals
FactRanked #43 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.


Who is Dana York?

Dana York Epperson was born in 1964, in Flushing, Michigan USA, and is best known for being the now widow of singer/songwriter Tom Petty, who was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The two were together from 2001 until his death in 2017.

The Net Worth of Dana York

How rich is Dana York? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned largely through the success of her husband Tom who has a net worth estimated at $95 million which he earned through success in the music industry, and which seems likely to pass to Dana.

The Meeting and Romance

Little is known about Dana York’s childhood or her life before she met Petty. It is known that she grew up in Flushing in Geneese County – the two initially met in 1991 during a concert of Petty, but nothing stemmed from that, as at the time he was still married to his first wife Jane Benyo. It wasn’t until five years after that they reconnected and started a romance.

However, it was rough times as Petty was still dealing with the fallout from his first marriage, while his ex-wife was dealing with mental illness, drug addiction, and suicidal tendencies. According to Petty, it was a time where he was really tested and was suffering from depression, but he wasn’t ready to give up, and so started to make more music. Dana is credited for saving Petty during this dark time with all the chaos that was surrounding him. They fell in love, and according to the duo, it felt like they had known each other for a long time.

Marriage and Married Life

According to interviews, York and Tom’s relationship was moving rapidly but both of them were happy. His struggle through drug addiction and depression was not tackled alone, as Dana stayed at his side, including during his hospitalizations and his treatment for drug addiction. The couple were married in 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, 10 years after they had met and five years after they reconnected, with an age gap of around 13 years; their marriage was relatively small, only attended by close family and friends.

They had a reception a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and their marriage was held during the first and second legs of Tom Petty and Heartbreakers tour so there wasn’t much in terms of a honeymoon. It is known that York stayed with him throughout the tours of the band. They later had another ceremony at their home in Malibu which was officiated by Little Richard. With the marriage, she became the stepmother of Petty’s two children from his first marriage – both are now artists – while York also had a son Dylan from a previous marriage.

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Tom Petty

Petty is known for recording numerous hit singles, both as a solo artist and with the band the Heartbreakers. Throughout his career, he sold over 80 million albums internationally, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, so he along with his band the Heartbreakers were inducted to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fame in 2002. Prior to creating the Heartbreakers, he was the lead of the band Mudcrutch, and was one of the founders of the late ‘80s super group The Traveling Wilburys. Aside from his numerous musical endeavors, he also had several acting endeavors, mainly in small parts. He voiced the character Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt for the animated series “King of the Hill”, and appeared in the film “Postman”.

He was also known for being an advocate of artistic freedom, and a guardian of his artistic control. He was involved in a legal battle with MCA Records due to his refusal to be transferred to another record label without consent. He also sued tire company B. F. Goodrich for using a song similar to his song “Mary’s New Car” in a television commercial, with the suit later settled out of court. There was also some dispute that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song “Dani California” sounds like Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, though Petty didn’t take issue with it.

Husband’s Death

Tom was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest in October 2017 at his home. He was resuscitated and taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where he passed away. Numerous rumors and premature reports of his death spread quickly and continued until an official confirmation by the band’s management was released. According to reports, he died from mixed drug toxicity caused by drugs for his multiple medical conditions including a hip fracture, knee difficulties, and emphysema. He apparently overdosed on medication due to the pain he was feeling.

General Info

Full NameTom Petty
Net Worth$75 million
Date Of BirthOctober 20, 1950
Height1.76 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Voice Actor, Singer, Songwriter, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA
EducationGainesville High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseDana York, Jane Benyo, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA
ChildrenAdria Petty, Kimberly Violette Petty, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA
ParentsKatherine Petty, Earl Petty, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA
SiblingsBruce Petty

Accomplishments

AwardsMTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Billboard Music Century Award, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, MusiCares Person of the Year, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, ...
Music GroupsTom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, Mudcrutch, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', You Don't Know How It Feels, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA
NominationsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Rock Album, Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock ...
MoviesThe Postman, Made in Heaven, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, Dallas, TX, United States, North Little Rock, AR, USA

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Rickenbacker 660/12 Guitar
2World-weary vocals

Quotes

#Quote
1Rock 'n' roll is a music that represents truth. Your TV channel has taken the word "rock" and knocked the "roll" off the end. You made rock this umbrella term for everything. That's wrong. Shakira isn't rock. These country artists with fur coats aren't rock - or country. I offered a video to VH1 of my band playing in the studio and they don't want to air it because it had musicians playing in it. They want some babe walking on the beach or whatever.
2It's funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can't afford the music.
3On Howie Epstein's death: It's like you got a tree dying in the backyard. And you're kind of used to the idea that it's dying. But you look out there one day and they cut it down. And you just can't imagine that beautiful tree isn't there anymore.
4I'm not exactly a guy who makes new friends easily.

Facts

#Fact
1He and his band recorded several platinum selling albums at Cherokee Recording Studios, including "Hard Promises" and "Damn the Torpedoes." He also collaborated with Stevie Nicks at Cherokee on the platinum recording "Stop Dragging My Heart Around.".
2He and the Heartbreakers were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Ranked #43 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
5He has said that he regarded his and the Heartbreakers best work was when they collaborated with Johnny Cash on the legend's album "Unchained." The Heartbreakers would perform on Cash's next two albums after that (which would be his last), but Petty, due to other engagements, was less involved with those.
6Was the only blonde member of the Traveling Wilburys.
7Shares a birthday with Viggo Mortensen and Snoop Dogg.
8His birthday (October 20) is also the anniversary of the deaths of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, bandmate Steve Gaines and sister Cassie Gaines in a plane crash.
9Teamed up with Bob Dylan, Beatle George Harrison, Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra and Roy Orbison in the band The Travelling Wilburys.
102002: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in(as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).
11Daughters Adria Petty and Anna Kim Petty.
12Rock singer/guitarist, recording and performing solo as well as leader of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1975 - present).

Pictures

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Sing2016writer: "Stay with Me"
Roadies2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Coronation Street2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nerve2016writer: "You Got It"
Acció políticaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Ricki and the Flash2015writer: "American Girl"
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV Movie writer: "Anything That's Rock and Roll"
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Entourage2015performer: "Somewhere Under Heaven" / writer: "Somewhere Under Heaven"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2015TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hot Pursuit2015writer: "American Girl"
Parks and RecreationTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2014
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards2015TV Special writer: "Stay with Me"
Matzav Ha'Uma2014TV Series music - 1 episode
Mike & MikeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged SeriesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Today at WimbledonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
WimbledonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Late Show with David Letterman2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice Israel2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live1979-2014TV Series writer - 7 episodes
My Mad Fat DiaryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American RockTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Goldbergs2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark2013Documentary performer: "Feel A Whole Lot Better"
The Newsroom2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 14 episodes
The Office2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
CalifornicationTV Series 1 episode, 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
De wereld draait door2008-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Sound City2013Documentary courtesy: "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" / performer: "You Wreck Me", "Cabin Down Below", "You Don't Know How It Feels" / writer: "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That", "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll", "Here Comes My Girl", "Don't Come Around Here No More", "You Wreck Me", "Cabin Down Below", "You Don't Know How It Feels"
Rage2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Won't Back Down2012writer: "Learning To Fly", "I Won't Back Down"
That's My Boy2012writer: "American Girl"
The Voice UK2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del capTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
We Bought a Zoo2011writer: "Don't Come Around Here No More"
Larry Crowne2011performer: "Listen To Her Heart" / writer: "Runnin' Down a Dream", "Walls, No. 3", "Listen To Her Heart"
Cougar Town2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth2011Documentary writer: "Honey Bee"
One Tree Hill2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Coach TripTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
It's Complicated2009writer: "Don't Do Me Like That"
Street Music2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game performer: "Runnin' Down a Dream" / writer: "Runnin' Down a Dream", "American Girl"
20 to 1TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Marie Brand und die Nacht der Vergeltung2009TV Movie writer: "Free Fallin'"
Criminal Minds2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold CaseTV Series 1 episode, 2009 writer - 3 episodes, 2004 - 2008 performer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2005
The Marty Stuart Show2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stargate: Atlantis2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Four Christmases2008writer: "Christmas All Over Again"
Ugly Betty2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Best Friend's Girl2008writer: "Don't Do Me Like That"
Appaloosa2008writer: "Scare Easy"
Recount2008TV Movie performer: "I Won't Back Down" / writer: "I Won't Back Down"
The Wire2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saving Grace2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Friday Night LightsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Cesko hledá SuperStar2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barnyard2006"I Won't Back Down"
7th HeavenTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2002
What About Brian2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos2000-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Sleeping Dogs Lie2006/Iwriter: "You Got It"
The O.C.TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found2005TV Special documentary writer: "Change of Heart"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade2005TV Special writer: "Free Fallin'"
Elizabethtown2005performer: "Jack" 2005, "Learning to Fly" 1991, "Square One" 2005 / writer: "It'll All Work Out" 1987, "Jack" 2005, "Learning to Fly" 1991, "Square One" 2005
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentary writer: "Don't Do Me like That"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game performer: "Running Down a Dream" / writer: "Running Down a Dream" - as Thomas Earl Petty
Ladder 492004performer: "You and Me" / writer: "You and Me"
Freddy vs Ghostbusters2004Short performer: "I Won't Back Down" - uncredited / writer: "I Won't Back Down" - uncredited
Chasing Liberty2004writer: "American Girl"
Shabatot VeHagim2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
SkeppsholmenTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003
Soundstage2003TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Mr. Deeds2002performer: "You Don't Know How It Feels" / writer: "You Don't Know How It Feels"
True Dreams2002"Here Comes My Girl"
Cherish2002writer: "Breakdown"
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentary writer: "HANDLE WITH CARE"
Zwei Männer am Herd2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sugar & Spice2001writer: "American Girl"
Stars in Their Eyes2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gypsy Magic1997writer: "California Blue"
The Simpsons1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Trojan War1997writer: "American Girl"
Tohuwabohu1994-1997TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Jerry Maguire1996performer: "Free Fallin'" / writer: "Free Fallin'"
Jingle All the Way1996courtesy: "Christmas All Over Again" / performer: "Christmas All Over Again" / writer: "Christmas All Over Again"
She's the One1996producer: "Walls Circus", "Walls No. 3", "Angel Dream", "California", "Grew Up Fast", "Hung Up & Overdue", "Hope You Never" / writer: "Walls Circus", "Walls No. 3", "Angel Dream", "California", "Grew Up Fast", "Hung Up & Overdue", "Hope You Never"
Beavis and Butt-Head1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Party of Five1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Love1995writer: "Here Comes My Girl"
Boys on the Side1995writer: "You Got It"
Judgment Night1993performer: "Fallin" / writer: "Fallin"
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992producer: "Christmas All Over Again" / writer: "Christmas All Over Again"
Melrose Place1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Silence of the Lambs1991writer: "American Girl" 1976 - as T. Petty
Lethal Weapon 21989lyrics: "Cheer Down"
It's Garry Shandling's Show.TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1987 writer - 1 episode, 1987
Dolly1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
Band of the Hand1986producer: "Band of the Hand"
Miami Vice1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live Aid1985TV Special documentary writer: "American Girl", "The Waiting / Rebels", "Refugee"
Streets of Fire1984writer: "NEVER BE YOU"
Knight Rider1983-1984TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Fast Times at Ridgemont High1982performer: "American Girl" / writer: "American Girl"
WKRP in Cincinnati1982TV Series writer - 1 episode
Taps1981/Iwriter: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
Top of the Pops1977-1979TV Series writer - 2 episodes
FM1978writer: "Breakdown", "American Girl"

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
King of the Hill2004-2009TV SeriesLucky / Mud Dobber
Tom Petty: Swingin'1999Short
The Larry Sanders Show1998TV SeriesTom Petty
The Postman1997Bridge City Mayor
Made in Heaven1987Stanky

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live at the Olympic - The Last DJ and More2003Video documentary
Kinoamater - Milivoj Hubek1998Video short

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO2012TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Messenger2009/Idedicatee

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Solid Gold1985TV SeriesHimself
Arena1984TV Series documentaryHimself
Fridays1980TV SeriesHimself
FM1978Himself
Disco1977TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1977TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Announcing New Tour
:Dryvrs2016TV Series shortHimself
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Chabad Telethon2015TV MovieHimself
Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl -Unraveled2014DocumentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Behind the Scenes: Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Tribute2014Video documentary shortHimself
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV MovieHimself - Perfomer
Sound City2013DocumentaryHimself
Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Mike Campbell: The Guitars2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World2011DocumentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2010TV SeriesHimself
Classic Albums: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes2010Video documentaryHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live2009TV MovieHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Light My Fire2009VideoHimself
Legends2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Tribute This!2008DocumentaryHimself
Super Bowl XLII2008TV SpecialHimself
Soundstage2003-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream2007DocumentaryHimself
The True History of the Traveling Wilburys2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Charlie T. Jr.)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest / Musical Guest
The 2005 Billboard Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
All We Are Saying2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Concert for George2003Video documentaryHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live at the Olympic - The Last DJ and More2003Video documentarySinger, Guitar
Elvis Lives2003TV SpecialHimself
The Simpsons2002TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999-2002TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2002TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest / Themselves - Musical Guest
America: A Tribute to Heroes2001TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Testimony: 20 Years of Rock on MTV2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: High Grass Dogs, Live from the Fillmore1999DocumentaryHimself (Vocals / Guitars)
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1999TV SeriesHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1999TV SeriesHimself
In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Wired for Sound: A Guitar Odyssey1997DocumentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19951995TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19941994TV SpecialHimself - Performer / Video Vanguard Award Recipient (as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
Tom Petty: Going Home1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever1992Video documentaryHimself (Vocals / Guitars)
The 1992 Billboard Music Awards1992TV Special
Tom Petty: Take the Highway (Live)1992TV SpecialHimself
Portræt af Tom Petty1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Coca Cola Pop Music Backstage Pass to Summer1991TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Tom Petty: A Bunch of Videos and Some Other Stuff1989VideoHimself (Vocals / Guitars)
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1987-1989TV SeriesHimself
Dolly1987TV SeriesHimself
Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert1986Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself
Rock Legends2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Elvis What If?2012Documentary
Profiles in Philanthropy2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHimself
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentaryHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Playback1995Video documentaryHimself (Vocals / Guitars)
The Old Grey Whistle Test1979TV SeriesHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2009GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Long Form Music VideoTom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)
1999Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on April 28, 1999 at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.
1994Lifetime Achievement AwardMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaElizabethtown (2005)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original SongShe's the One (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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