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Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano, 2008
Born Alyssa Jayne Milano
December 19, 1972 (1972-12-19) (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Cinjun Tate (m. 1999–1999) «start: (1999)–end+1: (2000)»"Marriage: Cinjun Tate to Alyssa Milano" Location: (linkback:
David Bugliari (m. 2009–present) «start: (2009)»"Marriage: David Bugliari to Alyssa Milano" Location: (linkback:
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Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. Her acting career began after she appeared in the Broadway show Annie. Her childhood role as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the Boss? made her famous, and an eight-year stint as Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed brought her a new round of fame.

Milano has a female sports apparel line, Touch.


Early life

Milano is the daughter of Italian-American parents: Lin, a fashion designer and talent manager, and Thomas M. Milano, a film music editor and boating enthusiast.[1] Milano was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Staten Island, and was raised Roman Catholic.[2] She has a younger brother, Cory (born in 1982), who is also an actor.


Early career

Milano began her career at age eight after winning a role in an open audition for a national tour of Annie. She appeared in television commercials and off-Broadway productions.

At eleven, she won her first major role in the television show, Who's the Boss?, alongside Tony Danza, Judith Light, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond. She starred as Samantha Micelli, the daughter of Danza's character, Tony Micelli. After Milano won the role, her family relocated from Staten Island to Hollywood.

In 1985, Milano was in the film Commando as Jenny Matrix, daughter of John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger). A few years later this film was shown in Japan, prompting a producer to offer Milano a five-album record deal.

She produced a teen workout video in 1988 called Teen Steam.

On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by American playwright John O'Keefe,[3] and the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. She returned to the theater in 1991, when she starred in and produced a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free.

When her role on Who's the Boss ended in 1992, Milano tried to shed her "nice girl" image by appearing in several films targeted at adults, such as Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1993), Embrace of the Vampire (1994), Deadly Sins (1995), and Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996), where she starred opposite Johnathon Schaech and Xander Berkeley.

Recent roles

Milano portrayed Jennifer Mancini on Melrose Place (1997–1998), Meg Winston in Spin City, and most notably as Phoebe Halliwell on the eight-year run of the popular hit tv series Charmed (1998–2006). Milano and close friend Holly Marie Combs became producers for Charmed during the show's fifth season.

She played the role of Eva Savelot in MCI's 1-800-COLLECT commercials. In 2007, Milano filmed a pilot for ABC entitled Reinventing the Wheelers. The series was not picked up for the 2007–2008 season, but instead, Milano appeared in ten episodes of the show My Name Is Earl. This reunited her with Jaime Pressly, who guest-starred in the two-part Season 5 premiere of Charmed, "A Witch's Tail".[4]

Milano's commercial work includes appearing in the "Josie" music video by Blink-182, as well as 2007 television ads for Veet and Sheer Cover.

Milano was part of TBS's special coverage installment Hot Corner for the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs.[5] She reported at Fenway Park during the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. She also reported at Chase Field during the NLCS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Milano starred in the 2008 film Pathology alongside Milo Ventimiglia and was then cast in a television sitcom, Single with Parents, which was pulled prior to production.

On March 20, 2009, it was announced that Milano would provide a voice for the upcoming Ghostbusters: The Video Game.[6]

On March 24, 2009, her book on her baseball fandom, Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, was released. Milano has signed on to star in and produce My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a romantic comedy in which she plays a woman with a relationship dilemma.[7]

Milano will commence filming for her new show, Romantically Challenged, in January 2010. The series will premiere on ABC April 5, 2010[8]

Personal life

Milano has dyslexia.[9] In an interview in 2004, Milano explained how she deals with the disorder:

"I've stumbled over words while reading from teleprompters. Sir John Gielgud, whom I worked with on The Canterville Ghost years ago, gave me great advice. When I asked how he memorized his monologues, he said, 'I write them down.' I use that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with the words, it makes them my own."

Alyssa Milano at All-Star Party, Roseland Ballroom in NYC 2008-07-13

Milano is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and writes a regular baseball blog on the Major League Baseball's website.[10] In 2007, Milano launched her signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female baseball fans, selling it through her blog and Major League Baseball's website.[10] It also became available in 2009 through a boutique store located in Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.[11] She has an interest in the Los Angeles Kings, a National Hockey League team, and is involved with a related clothing line. In 2008, she expanded that to NFL football, as a New York Giants fan. Since Milano is in the same hometown as NFL Network's Rich Eisen (Staten Island), she revealed some of her family's connections with the New York Giants.[12]

Milano has eight tattoos on her body, including one on each wrist and ankle, shoulder, neck, hip, and lower back. Milano is a vegetarian and appears in numerous PETA advertising campaigns for vegetarianism. Outside of acting, her hobbies include photography, humanitarian work, and spending time with her three dogs and eight horses. Milano has commented on her love for animals, and in a 2009 interview discussed one of her dogs, a German shepherd called Pinto, who had died at the age of 14; he had worked with the LAPD dogs and Milano had owned him for 10 years.[13]

Milano was engaged to Scott Wolf in 1993.[14] She was married to singer–songwriter Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero in 1999; they were divorced later that year. She briefly dated Justin Timberlake in 2002.[15] She has dated a number of professional athletes, including Brad Penny, Carl Pavano, Barry Zito and Russell Martin. After one year of dating, she and CAA agent David Bugliari were engaged December 18, 2008.[16] Milano and Bugliari married on August 15, 2009 in New Jersey, at the home of Bugliari's family.[17]


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Milano was appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, to which she donated $250,000. The Global Network is an alliance formed to advocate and mobilize resources in the fight to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Milano will work to raise awareness of NTDs by educating the mainstream media and general public of the plight faced by the one billion people who are afflicted by NTDs, and the importance in controlling and preventing this global health crisis.

Milano is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. She traveled to India, as well as Angola, to work with UNICEF field officers there. In the fall of 2004, she participated in UNICEF's "Trick or Treat" campaign as an official spokesperson. She raised approximately $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling own and school's photo work. In support of PETA, she appeared in an advertisement for them, advocating vegetarianism, in a dress made entirely of vegetables.

In honor of her 37th birthday (December 19, 2009), Milano ran an online fundraising campaign for Charity:Water. Her original goal was to raise $25,000, but a donation from her husband put her over the $75,000 mark on December 18. The fundraiser is scheduled to run until December 26.[citation needed]



Year Film Role Notes
1984 Old Enough Diane
1985 Commando Jenny Matrix Nominated - Young Artist Award - Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or Drama
1986 The Canterville Ghost Jennifer Canterville TV movie
1988 Crash Course Vanessa Crawford TV movie aka Driving Academy
Dance 'til Dawn Shelley Sheridan Nominated - Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week, or Miniseries
1989 Speed Zone! Lurleen aka Cannonball Fever
1992 Little Sister Diana
Where the Day Takes You Kimmy
1993 The Webbers Fan TV movie
Conflict of Interest Eve
Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story Amy Fisher TV movie
Candles in the Dark Sylvia Velliste TV movie
1994 Confessions of a Sorority Girl Rita Summers TV movie
Double Dragon Marian Delario/Power Corps Chief
1995 Deadly Sins Cristina
Embrace of the Vampire Charlotte Wells
The Surrogate Amy Winslow TV movie
1996 Jimmy Zip Francesca Short Film
Poison Ivy II: Lily Lily Leonetti
Fear Margo Masse
Glory Daze Chelsea
To Brave Alaska Denise Harris TV movie
Public Enemies Amaryllis
1997 Below Utopia Susanne
Hugo Pool Hugo Dugay
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure Frances Ella 'Fizzy' Fitz TV movie
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Angel Nominated - Annie Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Diamond Hunters Tracey Van der Byl TV movie
2002 Buying the Cow Amy
Kiss the Bride Amy Kayne
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Cyndi
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone 26 Voice
2007 The Blue Hour Allegra
2008 Wisegal Patty Montanari TV movie
Pathology Gwen Williamson
2010 "DC Showcase: The Spectre" Aimee Brenner animated short: voice
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Jesse Young Currently in post-Production
also credited as producer
2011 Hall Pass in Production

TV series

Year Title Role Seasons Notes
1984–92 Who's the Boss? Samantha Micelli 1–8 Young Artist Award - Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series (1986)
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series (1986)
Best Young Female Superstar in Television (1988)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite TV Actress (1988, 1989)
Blimp Award - Favorite TV Actress (1990)
1997–98 Melrose Place Jennifer Mancini 6 & 7 Left after only 7 episodes in Season 7 to take a lead role on the WB show Charmed.
1998–2006 Charmed Phoebe Halliwell 1–8 She and Holly Marie Combs became producers at the beginning of season 5.
Nominated - Blimp Award - Favorite TV Actress (2005)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards - TV - Choice Actress (2006)
2007 Reinventing the Wheelers Annie TV pilot
2008 Single with Parents Lou TV pilot
2010 Romantically Challenged Rebecca Thomas Slated to air during the mid-season of 2010

TV appearances

Year Title Role Episode title Notes
1990 Série rose "Softly from Paris" Season 4, episode 1
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV?
1995 The Outer Limits Hannah Valesic "Caught in the Act" Season 1, episode 15
1997–2001 Spin City Meg Winston "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Season 2, episode 11
"Rain on My Charades" Season 5, episode 17
1998 Fantasy Island Gina Williams "Superfriends" Season 1, episode 2
2004 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius April Gorlock "Win, Lose and Kaboom" Voice, season 2
2001 Family Guy Herself "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington" Season 3, episode 3
2007–2008 My Name Is Earl Billie Cunningham Recurring in Season 3, episodes 6-22.
2010 Castle Kyra Blaine "A Rose for Everafter"


Studio albums

Year Information Peak positions
1989 Look in My Heart
  • First Studio Album
  • Released: March 25, 1989
  • Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
1989 Alyssa
  • Second Studio Album
  • Released: October 25, 1989
  • Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
1991 Locked Inside a Dream
  • Third Studio Album
  • Released: May 21, 1991
  • Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
1992 Do You See Me?
  • Fourth Studio Album
  • Released: September 18, 1992
  • Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


Year Information Peak positions
1990 The Best in the World: Non-Stop Special Remix/Alyssa's Singles
  • Remix/Hits Album
  • Released: February 21, 1990
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1995 The Very Best of Alyssa Milano
  • Hits Album
  • Released: 1995 (Promo Only)
  • Formats: CD


Year Single Album Peak positions
1989 "What a Feeling" Look in My Heart - - -
"Look In My Heart" - - -
"Straight to the Top" - - -
"I Had a Dream" Alyssa - - -
"Happiness" - - -
1990 "The Best in the World" The Best in the World - - -
"I Love When We're Together"1 Single Only - - -
1991 "New Sensation" Locked Inside a Dream - - -
"Voices That Care" 1 Single Only 11 6 -
1992 "Do You See Me?" Do You See Me? - - -
1993 "No Secret" 2 Locked Inside a Dream - - -


  • 1 Non-album single
  • 2 Only released in France

Other recordings

  • "Teen Steam" - Theme song from Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam Workout Video (1988).


  1. ^ "Alyssa Milano Biography (1974-)". Retrieved 2003-01-23. 
  2. ^ "WITCH ON HEELS". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 1999-05-14. 
  3. ^ ""STAGE: 'All Night Long'" by Frank Rich". The New York Times. 1984-03-29. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Earl Charmed By Alyssa Milano". Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  5. ^ "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: TBS Hot Corner". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Alyssa Milano to co-star in 'Ghostbusters' game". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Alyssa Milano commits to 'Boyfriend'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  8. ^ "ABC'S "ROMANTICALLY" ON TARGET FOR MONDAYS". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Us Weekly reports Alyssa Milano was spotted sipping champagne at Mansion in Miami Beach". Retrieved 2004-03-29. 
  10. ^ a b "'I Want To Be Remembered as a Ballplayer Who Gave All He Had to Give'– Roberto Clemente". Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Milano launches boutique store at Citi Field". AP. 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  12. ^ Week 7 celebrity picks: Alyssa Milano
  13. ^ Novak, Blaine; Alison Landis Stone (Spring 2009). "Alyssa Milano: Making a Difference in the Lives of People and Pets". Healthy Pet: 16–19. 
  14. ^ Schindehette, Susan (1994-03-28). "Who'll Be the Boss!". People.,,20107729,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  15. ^ "Justin Timberlake flies solo". CNN. 2002-11-04. 
  16. ^ "Alyssa Milano is Engaged!" US Magazine. January 6, 2009.
  17. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (2009-08-15). "Alyssa Milano Gets Married!". People.,,20298139,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

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Alyssa Milano
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Alyssa Milano visiting the USS Nimitz, 2003
Born Alyssa Jayne Milano
December 19, 1972 (1972-12-19) (age 38)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Other names Lyssie (nickname), Lissy-girl (childhood nickname)
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
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Alyssa Milano (born December 19, 1972 in Staten Island) is an American actress. She is best known for her appearance in the 1980s television series Who's The Boss?. She has been one of the stars of The WB's series Charmed since 1998.

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