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Also Known As: Shannen Maria Doherty Died:
Born: April 12, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession: actress

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A star of the small screen from the time she was 10 years old, actress Shannen Doherty reached stardom at an early age following her four-year stint as Brenda Walsh, a Midwestern girl putting down roots in Beverly Hills, on the iconic hit series, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000). But it was her behind-the-scenes antics - namely friction with co-stars and a wild party-girl lifestyle that allegedly held up production - that made Doherty a favorite target of the tabloid media. Added to the mix were her numerous on-again, off-again relationships; all of which earned the actress a reputation for being a temperamental diva. Whether real or undeserved, her reputation followed her throughout the years, affecting her status on several television shows, including her next hit, "Charmed" (The WB, 1998-2006), from which she was fired for alleged hostilities with her co-stars. By the time she appeared nude for a third time in the pages of Playboy in 2003 and caused more behind-the-scenes waves on "North Shore" (Fox, 2004-05), Doherty had become something of a pariah in Hollywood, though her innate talent allowed her continue working.

A star of the small screen from the time she was 10 years old, actress Shannen Doherty reached stardom at an early age following her four-year stint as Brenda Walsh, a Midwestern girl putting down roots in Beverly Hills, on the iconic hit series, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000). But it was her behind-the-scenes antics - namely friction with co-stars and a wild party-girl lifestyle that allegedly held up production - that made Doherty a favorite target of the tabloid media. Added to the mix were her numerous on-again, off-again relationships; all of which earned the actress a reputation for being a temperamental diva. Whether real or undeserved, her reputation followed her throughout the years, affecting her status on several television shows, including her next hit, "Charmed" (The WB, 1998-2006), from which she was fired for alleged hostilities with her co-stars. By the time she appeared nude for a third time in the pages of Playboy in 2003 and caused more behind-the-scenes waves on "North Shore" (Fox, 2004-05), Doherty had become something of a pariah in Hollywood, though her innate talent allowed her continue working.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Burning Palms (2011)
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 Christmas Caper (2007)
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 View of Terror (2004) Celeste
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 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) (Cameo Appearance)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Memphis, TN
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA with her family at age six
1981:
First TV appearence, the NBC drama "Father Murphy"; produced by Michael Landon
1982:
Feature film debut, appeared as a Girl Scout in Ron Howard's "Night Shift"
1982:
Lent her voice to the animated feature "The Secret of NIMH"
1982:
Cast in the regular role of Jenny Wilder on the spin-off series "Little House: A New Beginning" (NBC); executive produced by Landon (also wrote and directed some episodes)
1983:
Reprised role of Jenny Wilder in the NBC TV-movie "Little House: Look Back to Yesterday"
1984:
Again played Jenny Wilder in the TV-movies "Little House: Bless All The Dear Children" and "Little House: The Last Farewell"
1985:
Had a supporting role in the dance movie "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
1985:
Portrayed Kathleen Kennedy in the CBS miniseries "Robert Kennedy & His Times"
1986:
Cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling Kris on the NBC family drama "Our House"
1989:
First major feature film role, "Heathers" co-starring Winona Ryder
1990:
Breakthrough role, playing Brenda Walsh on the Aaron Spelling-produced Fox series "Beverly Hills 90210"; left the show at the end of the fourth season due to reported on-set friction
1995:
Returned to features in Kevin Smith's "Mallrats"
1998:
Re-teamed with Spelling to play Prue Halliwell, the oldest of three sisters who are witches on The WB series "Charmed"; also directed some episodes; left the series after three years, which again was rumored to be because of on-set friction
2001:
Had a cameo role in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2001:
Executive produced and starred in the USA Network movie "Another Day"
2002:
Hosted the reality show "Scare Tactics" on the Sci-Fi Channel
2004:
Joined the cast of "North Shore" (NBC) playing Nicole Booth's (Brooke Burns) long lost sister, Nicole Booth
2006:
Hosted the Oxygen network's "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty"
2006:
Played herself in several episodes of the popular British sitcom "Bo! In The USA"
2008:
Reprised her role of Brenda Walsh on the "Beverly Hills, 90210" spin-off for The CW drama "90210"
2010:
Joined the tenth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as one of the celebrity contestants
2012:
Starred on the WEtv reality series "Shannen Says"
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Notes

In December 2000, Doherty was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence; she pleaded no contest in April 2001 and in June was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1500. As part of her plea, Doherty agreed to a series of speaking engagements for teenagers at which she speaks about the dangers of drinking and driving.

She underwent court-appointed treatment for anger management in 1997.

"Don't judge me for who I am, because everybody makes mistakes." --Doherty on the way she is treated by the press from Vanity Fair, November 1993.

"I really found myself and decided what I want out of life and what I can do to get there and stay on the right path." --Doherty quoted in Us magazine, November 1995.

"I don't know it's acceptable to pick on her but it is. It's like, if you haven't spent the day with her, and I know you haven't spent eight years with her, I don't want to hear your opinion." --friend and former co-star Holly Marie Combs on the press' constant negative portrayal of Doherty, quoted to TV Guide, September 1, 2001.

Served as the National Youth Ambassador for the American Lung Association, campaigning on the hazards of smoking (1988).

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Dean Factor. Owns photo studio. Met in 1990; briefly engaged; separated in 1991.
companion:
Chris Foufas. Real-estate developer. Couple had exchanged commitment rings in 1991; separated in 1992; born c. 1966.
companion:
Judd Nelson. Actor. Together briefly in 1993; met on the set of "Blindfold".
husband:
Ashley Hamilton. Married on September 24, 1993; met two weeks before marriage; son of actor George Hamilton; mother, Alana Hamilton Stewart; born September 30, 1974; separated after five months; filed for divorce in April 1994.
companion:
Rob Weiss. Director. Met c. 1994; announced engagement in December 1995; reportedly separated in April 1996; reunited and re-affirmed engagement in February 1997; separated again in 1998.
companion:
Julian McMahon. Actor. Australian; co-starred on "Charmed"; had been married; went public with relationship in summer 2001; no longer together.
husband:
Richard Solomon. Producer, boxer. Took out a marriage license on January 24, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada; was previously married and has two children from that union; married in February 3, 2002 in Las Vegas; seperated on October 2002.
companion:
Johnny Messner. Actor. Dating as of October 2002.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Tom Doherty.
mother:
Rosa Doherty.
brother:
Sean Doherty. Born c. 1967.

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