Shannen Doherty Bio
Shannen Maria Doherty born April 12, 1971, is an American actress, producer, and television director. She is known for her roles as Maggie Malene in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), Heather Duke in Heathers (1988), Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–1994), and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed (1998–2001).
|Shannen Maria Doherty Born|
Shannen Maria Doherty
April 12, 1971
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Shannen Maria Doherty Occupation||Actress-director-producer|
|Shannen Maria Doherty Years active||1981–present|
|Shannen Maria Doherty Known for||Heathers (1988)|
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-1994)
|Shannen Maria Doherty Spouse(s)|
Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Rosa, a beauty parlor owner, and Tom Doherty, a mortgage consultant. Doherty has Irish ancestry on her father’s side and English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry on her mother’s side. She was raised in her mother’s Southern Baptist denomination.
Doherty had guest spots on TV series including Voyagers! and Father Murphy. When a casting notice was released in Hollywood for a regular role on the popular Little House on the Prairie, she jumped at the opportunity and at the age of 11 eventually won the recurring role of Jenny Wilder, thanks in part to actor/producer Michael Landon’s seeing her guest spot on Father Murphy, which he also produced. Doherty stayed in the series until the show’s cancellation in 1983.
In 1982, Doherty lent her voice to the animated film The Secret of NIMH. In 1985, Doherty starred as Maggie Malene in the teen movie comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun alongside actresses Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Doherty was cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris, on the family drama Our House, which ran from 1986 to 1988, a role which garnered her several Young Artist Award nominations. She next appeared in an episode of Magnum, P.I. (“A Sense of Debt”), followed by an early episode of Airwolf for which she was nominated as Best Young Actress: Guest in a Series at the 6th Youth in Film Awards in 1984.
In early 1993, Doherty was briefly engaged to Max Factor heir Dean Jay Factor before he filed for a restraining order on May 25, 1993. He alleged physical violence and threats on the part of Doherty, although Doherty’s father claimed that the abuse came from Factor and not her.
On October 11, 1993, Doherty married Ashley Hamilton, the son of actor George Hamilton. They filed for divorce in April 1994.
In 2002, Doherty married Rick Salomon, but the marriage was annulled after nine months. On October 15, 2011, Doherty married photographer Kurt Iswarienko in Malibu, California.
Beginning with her stint on Beverly Hills, 90210, Doherty gained a reputation in the media for bad behavior that would dominate her public image for many years. People Magazine has called her the “iconic Hollywood ‘bad girl’ of the nineties.” Between 1992 and 1994, coverage alleging fighting between Doherty and her co-stars dominated tabloid headlines, particularly concerning her heated feud with Jennie Garth, and further reports of heavy partying, on-set lateness, and physical fights. The zine magazine Ben Is Dead, which published a newsletter called “I Hate Brenda” at the height of the show’s popularity, even opened a hotline called the “Shannen Snitch Line” to which people could call in and report gossip about Doherty.
This reputation gained further ground during her three seasons on Charmed, when tabloids fueled rumors of a feud with co-star Alyssa Milano. In both instances Doherty departed the shows acrimoniously after a few seasons; on Charmed she was allegedly fired by producer Aaron Spelling after an ultimatum from Milano.
90210 executive producers Darren Star and Charles Rosin have both confirmed that Doherty was difficult on-set; Rosin commented that “…she had habitual lateness. Her lateness was appalling, and she had a callous attitude and an indifference.” Jennie Garth has admitted that the two of them “often wanted to claw each other’s eyes out”, and at one point it escalated into physical violence; nonetheless, she has said the feud was mutual and based more on immaturity than true animosity. Doherty, for her part, has admitted to making mistakes, blaming her behavior on the pressures of fame, her youth, and problems in her personal life. In 2010, she stated: “I have a rep. Did I earn it? Yeah, I did. But, after awhile you sort of try to shed that rep because you’re kind of a different person. You’ve evolved and all of the bad things you’ve done in your life have brought you to a much better place.”
On December 2, 1992, Doherty was issued with a citation for misdemeanor battery after getting into a physical altercation with another woman at The Roxbury in Hollywood.
In January 1993, California’s United Bank took Doherty to court for $36,000 claiming she had bounced more than 70 checks.
In May 2001, Doherty was sentenced to either 10 days in jail or 20 days of work-release duty and three years’ probation, and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for drunk driving.
Politics and activism
Doherty is a registered Republican. According to Complex magazine, she said: “I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”
An avid animal rights activist, Doherty is a supporter of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and while performing the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 she challenged founder Paul Watson and global supporters of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, which had spread to her lymph nodes. In February 2016, Doherty revealed that she was receiving anti-estrogen treatment to shrink the tumor and enable treatment by lumpectomy rather than mastectomy. Due to the presence of multiple tumors a lumpectomy was not possible, so a single mastectomy was performed in May 2016. Surgery revealed that some of the cancer cells may have spread beyond the lymph nodes. Because the cancer was more advanced than previously thought, Doherty underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy following surgery. On April 29, 2017, Doherty announced that her cancer was in remission.
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