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Holly Marie Combs

Combs at the 1991 Emmy awards
Born December 3, 1973 (1973-12-03) (age 36)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Producer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Bryan Travis Smith (1993-1997)
David W. Donoho (2004-present) three sons

Holly Marie Combs (born December 3, 1973)[1] is an American film and television actress and producer. Her roles have included the portrayal of Piper Halliwell in the television series Charmed and of Kimberly Brock in Picket Fences. She received a Young Artist Award for her role in Picket Fences.[2][3]



Although she had a number of minor roles in the late 1980s, including a brief speaking part in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July, Combs' major acting debut arrived in the 1992 TV drama series Picket Fences. She auditioned for the role of Kimberly while she was in New York. The casting agent told her that she wasn't right for the part because, "She didn't have a big enough heart." Combs retorted, "If you're looking for someone with a big heart, what the hell are you doing in New York?" She was later called back and offered the job.[4] Picket Fences ran for four years, winning Combs critical acclaim and a Young Artist award.[2][3]

In 1992, Combs made her appearance in Simple Men, Chain of Desire, and Dr. Giggles, in which she plays its protagonist, the 19-year-old daughter of Cliff De Young's character and girlfriend of Glenn Quinn's character, Jennifer Campbell.

In 1997, she played real-life convicted murderess Diane Zamora in the television movie Swearing Allegiance, a far cry from her other good girl roles. Combs was with her friend Shannen Doherty when Doherty was given the pilot script for Charmed. Doherty took Combs along to the audition when Combs said she wanted to take part in the audition. When they did, Combs auditioned for the role of Prue Halliwell and Doherty for Piper Halliwell, but they ended up switching roles. Alyssa Milano and Combs both became producers for Charmed in the fifth season.[5] For the first three seasons of Charmed (debuted in 1998 and was a hit TV series, which ended in May 2006), Combs played the second oldest of the three sisters. When the eldest, Doherty, left after the third season and Rose McGowan joined the cast for the fourth season, Combs played the eldest sister for the remaining five seasons of the show. This is all while she was the youngest of all four actresses.

In 2008, Combs signed a contract with Lifetime Television to produce and star in a new TV series, Mistresses which was originally scheduled to air in January 2009, but was not picked up.[6][7]

Personal life

In 1993, Combs married Bryan Travis Smith, they divorced in 1997.[8] She then went on to marry former Charmed key-grip and long-time boyfriend David Donoho on February 14, 2004. They are the parents of three sons: Finley Arthur Donoho (born April 26, 2004), Riley Edward Donoho (born October 26, 2006) and Kelley James Donoho (born May 26, 2009), all born by caesarian section. Combs kept her third pregnancy a secret due to it being high risk with a delivery at 35 weeks.[9]

Combs has four tattoos:she has a rose on her right shoulder blade, a butterfly on the inside of her right wrist, an Anglo Saxon design around her left wrist, and a filigree design with a central cross.that went wrong, which was repaired in November 2000 because the original design was unbalanced.

In an article in ePregnancy Magazine, Combs admits she had been smoking from the age of fifteen whenever she was nervous.[10] That changed as soon as she found out about her pregnancy with her first child, when she decided to immediately stop:

To [stop smoking] was actually really easy because I had already started to cut down. My husband is asthmatic and he just can't for the life of him imagine why anybody would put smoke in their mouth, so he really helped me to start cutting down.... Then when I got pregnant the smell of other people's cigarette smoke was so heinous to me that it made me not want to have a cigarette ever again. It's kind of like cheating [when] it's so easy to quit because you can't take the smell![10]

Combs was once asked how she balances her career with motherhood. She responded, "You never feel like you’re one hundred percent at either one. I don’t ever feel like I’m the best actress I can be or the best mother I can be".[citation needed]

Combs currently lives in Bell Canyon, San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles with her husband and 3 children.



Year Film Role Notes
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Dens Boon
1989 Born On The Fourth Of July Jenny Turner
1992 Simple Men Kim Fields
Dr. Giggles Jennifer Campbell
Chain Of Desire Diana Richards
1994 A Perfect Stranger Amanda Hale
1994 Island City Erin Sloan [11]
1995 A Reason To Believe Sharon Digby
1996 Sins Of Silence Sophie DiMattio
1997 Daughters Alex Morell
Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Diane Zamora
2001 Ocean's Eleven Herself (Uncredited)
Loomis' Emily Jennings
2003 See Jane Date Natasha Nutley
2007 Panic Button Katherine Alden aka Point of Entry
2009 Dr. Giggles Jennifer Campbell re-released


Year Television Series Role Notes
1992-1996 Picket Fences Kimberly Brock Received Young Actor's Award for role
1997 Relativity Anne Pryce Guest star: Season 1, Episode 14
1998–2006 Charmed Piper Halliwell
2009 Mistresses Janey Satterfield
2010 Who Gets The Parents TBA[12] In development
2010 Sees Me Through Dr. Cody Black [13] In development


Year Film/TV Series Notes
2002-2006 Charmed Seasons 5-8
2009 Mistressess[14] Co-Producer


Year Film/TV Series Notes
2009 Mistress[15] Idea


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Holly Marie Combs (born December 3, 1973 in San Diego, California) is an American actress most well known for working on the television series Charmed. Before Charmed, she work in the tv series Picket Fences.

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