Shannen Doherty was born Shannen Maria Doherty on April 12, 1971. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee and has an older brother named Sean. She has Irish ancestry with Catholic roots but was raised in her mother’s Southern Baptist religion. Shannen realized at an early age, 7 years old to be exact, that she want to be an actress.
Shannen had guest spots on TV shows such as Voyagers!, Father Murphy, and Airwolf. At age 11 she won the role of Jenny Wilder on Little House on the Prairie which starred Michael Landon. I loved this show! I remember seeing her and thinking how cute she was! She stayed with the show until it was canceled in 1983. In 1986 she went on to the TV series Our House where she played Kris Witherspoon the daughter of Jessica Witherspoon played by Deidre Hall and sister to David Witherspoon played by Chad Allen. It was a good family show.
Shannen’s first major motion picture role was in Heathers in 1989. The movie portrays four girls in a trend-setting clique at a fictional Ohio high school. The girls all are named Heather and rule the school through intimidation, contempt, and sex appeal.
One of her roles that she is best known for is Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210. She was sister to Brandon Walsh who was played by Jason Priestley. Her love interest on the show was Dylan McKay who was played by Luke Perry. This series ran from 1990 to 2000. Much teenage drama was portrayed on this show, but I must admit I liked this show, my favorites however were Jennie Garth who played Brenda’s friend Kelly Taylor and Luke Perry.
In 1998 Shannen starred in the TV series Charmed which also starred Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano & later Rose McGowan. Shannen originally auditioned for the role of Piper Halliwell but won the role of Prue Halliwell. Charmed revolved around the four Halliwell sisters—Prue, Piper, Phoebe and, later, Paige. They are the culmination of the most powerful line of good witches in history. The sisters, despite being perceived as normal women by the non-supernatural community, are known as The Charmed Ones in the magical community, whose prophesied destiny is to protect innocent lives against evil beings, such as demons and warlocks. Shannen left the show in 2001.
She went on to host the SciFi Channel show Scare Tactics in 2003. Then she starred as a regular on the prime-time soap North Shore where she played Alexandra Hudson from 2004–2005. After 14 years since her last appearance as Brenda Walsh she joined the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 spin off for the CW Television Network in 2008.
In March 2010 Shannen was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars and was paired with two-time champion Mark Ballas. The pair was the first couple eliminated in the second week. She wanted to do Dancing with the Stars to make her ailing father proud. She returned for the finale.
Some projects that Shannen has been working on are a new Syfy (Sci-fi) movie called ‘Gretl’ (based on the Hansel & Gretel fairytale) this was filmed in Toronto, ON Canada last summer (2010). She plays Zhore, the evil witch. It is set to premiere November 2011 on the Syfy Channel. She will also be guest starring in the reality TV show ‘Scream if You Know The Answer!’ which will air on the Travel Channel in the Fall of 2011 or Winter 2012. Celebrities will be asked questions while on a ride at the amusement park, it is being taped at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
WE tv announced on July 21, 2011, that she will star in a one-hour reality series that follows her and her fiance, Kurt Iswarienko, as they plan their wedding. The show is scheduled to premiere in 2012. Interesting, so many celebrities are doing these reality shows, why? Well, they are very entertaining to say the least!
Shannen Doherty Tidbits:
-She started her own shelter called “ShanDo Kennels” where she used to find home for homeless animals when she was 11.
-She was married to Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, from September 1993 to April 1994.
-Her short marriage to Ashley Hamilton is referenced in her movie Mallrats. There is even a character in the film called Shannon Hamilton.
-She has appeared several times, nude, in Playboy magazine.
-She is a fan of the TV series 24 and on the show’s Season 4 DVD set does audio commentary on “3:00 PM – 4:00 PM”
-In 1994 she played Margaret Mitchell in the film A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story.
-Actress Melissa Gilbert played Shannen’s aunt on Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning, when Shannen was just a child.
-She appeared in the music video “Real Love” by the band Slaughter.
-She was offered a role in the horror movie Scream 3 but politely turned it down.
-Her favorite books include “East of Eden” by John Steinback and “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway.
-She has modeled for Sassaby Cosmetics, Gitano Jeans, EZ-UP Sun Screen and Pepsi.
–Tori Spelling recommended Shannen for the role of Brenda Walsh after seeing her in the movie Heathers.
-Her favorite Charmed episodes are Which Prue Is It, Anyway? and Ms Hellfire.
-She first met Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano at a Hollywood party when she was just 12 years old.
-She personally recommended Holly Marie Combs for the role of Piper on Charmed after Holly read the script for the pilot whilst in Shannen’s car and expressed interest in becoming part of the show.
-She is a dancer in real life and choreographed Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs’ bar dance in the episode Coyote Piper.
-Even though she has left the show Charmed, she still owns a percentage of it.
-She loves to cook, something she has in common with her father.
-Her nickname is Shando.
-Her favorite actresses are Jodie Foster, Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, and Whoopi Goldberg.
-A Disney movie was made about her great, great, great grandfather. The movie was called The Fighting Prince of Donegal.
-She loves the Hostess snack Zinger but she can only eat the plain ones because she is allergic to chocolate and coconut. She also can’t resist a Twix even with her chocolate allergies.
-She was born on the same day and year as Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon.
-She sang all her own vocals for the TV movie Friends ‘Til the End. She is even writing her own songs and thinking of making her own album because she was inspired by this movie!
-She was in the reality series Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, in which she went around doing “dirty work” for members of the public, including dumping boyfriends or telling people what their friends really think about them.
-She wrote a book titled ‘Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style.
One of Shannen’s Quotes is – You can turn any experience into a learning experience. Every experience helps you live your life…
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