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Shannen Doherty

at premiere party for CW's "90210," Malibu, California - Aug. 23, 2008
Born Shannen Maria Doherty
April 12, 1971 (1971-04-12) (age 38)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Ashley Hamilton (m. 1993–1994) «start: (1993)–end+1: (1995)»"Marriage: Ashley Hamilton to Shannen Doherty" Location: (linkback:
Rick Salomon (m. 2002–2003) «start: (2002)–end+1: (2004)»"Marriage: Rick Salomon to Shannen Doherty" Location: (linkback:

Shannen Maria Doherty (born April 12, 1971) is an American actress and television director, known for her work as Heather Duke in Heathers (1989), as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–1994) and its spinoff series 90210 and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed (1998–2001).


Early life and career beginnings

Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee,[1] the daughter of Rosa, a beauty parlor owner, and Tom Doherty, a mortgage consultant.[2] Doherty has Irish Catholic ancestry, though was raised in her mother's Southern Baptist religion. At the age of seven (in 1978) her family moved to Los Angeles,[1] and she immediately announced that she wanted to be an actress.[2]

In an interview in the December 2006 issue of Glamour, she said:

When I was nine, my mother developed an excruciating headache and had to be hospitalized - she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. She came through it but the experience was terrifying. The following year my father had a massive stroke. In a single year I nearly lost both my parents. I felt my classmates couldn't relate to what I was going through, so I closed myself off.[1]

Success began early, with guest spots on TV series including Voyagers!, Father Murphy, and Airwolf starting in 1981. 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 eventually won the role of Jenny Wilder at the age of eleven, thanks in part to actor/producer Michael Landon seeing her guest spot on Father Murphy, which he also produced.[2]

Doherty stayed in the series until the show's cancellation in 1983.

Television and film career

Early career

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.[3] She then went on to appear in an episode of Magnum, P.I. followed by an episode of Airwolf Doherty's first major motion picture role was in Heathers, released in 1989 where she played Heather Duke. In 2006, the film was ranked #5 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.[4]

Television stardom (1990–2001)

Doherty with Jason Priestley at the Governor's Ball following the 43rd Annual Emmy Awards, August 1991

Doherty's breakout role came when she was cast to star as Brenda Walsh in the Aaron Spelling-produced TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990. In 1991 and 1992 her portrayal of Brenda earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series.[3] In 2004, E! placed Brenda at number ten on their list of the 50 Most Wicked Women of Prime Time.[5] Following reported on-set friction with her co-stars as well as bad publicity generated by her off-screen behaviour, Doherty was fired from the show and left at the end of the fourth season in 1994. Doherty's character, Brenda, was written off the show as moving to London to attend school at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts.

While the character's absence was originally described as only being for a year, she never actually returned to the original series despite being mentioned from time to time during the show's remaining seasons (though she would reprise the role of Brenda later in the The CW's updated version of the show in 2008). She was replaced with former Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen, who played bad girl character Valerie Malone. Her departure from the series was reportedly acrimonious, however, and her career afterward was somewhat spotty, marked for the most part by made-for-TV movies, though she also had a lead role in Kevin Smith's 1995 film Mallrats.

In 1998, Spelling cast her in another TV series, Charmed, in which she played lead character Prue Halliwell, the oldest of three sisters who discover they are witches. Doherty also directed several episodes. At the end of the third season, Doherty left the show in 2001, resulting in her character's death, and the introduction of Rose McGowan's replacement lead character Paige Matthews. Reportedly, the reason for her departure was because of tensions between Doherty and co-star Alyssa Milano.[6] Though she had left the show long before it ended, she continued to own five percent of the rights to the series.

Doherty was also twice nominated for the Saturn Award, Best Genre TV Actress for her portrayal of the character Prue, in 1999 and 2000 respectively.[7] In 2007, AOL named Prue Halliwell the 10th greatest witch in television history.[8]

Later career (2002–2008)

Two years after her departure from Charmed, Doherty hosted the Sci Fi Channel candid camera show Scare Tactics during its initial season.[9] After her stint on Scare Tactics Doherty, in a return to her prime-time soap roots, starred as a regular on the short-lived TV series North Shore. She starred as Alexandra Hudson from 2004–2005. Later in 2005, Doherty was cast in the new TV comedy Love Inc. Although she filmed the original pilot, she was dropped from the show just months before its television debut.

Doherty later went on to produce and star in her own reality show, Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty, which premiered on the Oxygen network in 2006. In the show Doherty goes around doing "dirty work" for members of the public, including dumping boyfriends or telling people what their friends really think about them. The show was canceled after one season due to a small audience. She also starred in the popular British sitcom Bo! in the USA, a brain child of Leigh Francis. In the show, she plays herself, being randomly harassed by Avid Merrion (Francis) who claims they are lovers. The show aired in October 2006 on the British channel 4, and she appeared in several episodes.

In 2007, Doherty appeared in two television projects. First up was the pilot Kiss Me Deadly: A Jacob Keane Assignment for the here! network, and then the holiday picture Christmas Caper for ABC Family. That same year Doherty also set up a production company called "No Apologies" where she’s developing a TV-drama for herself. In 2007 Doherty was also ranked as number 96 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 100 Greatest Television Icons. In 2008, Doherty was featured on the Swedish television show High Chaparall, appearing in the second episode of the show’s fourth season.

After fourteen years since her last television appearance as Brenda Walsh, it was confirmed in June 2008 that Doherty would join the cast of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin off for The CW Television Network, for a reported $40,000–50,000 an episode.[10] She returned as a guest star, reprising her old role of Brenda Walsh in four of the new series' initial six episodes. Her character, now a successful theater actress and stage director, returned as the guest director of the high school musical. After her initial guest spot was completed, Doherty stated she was open to returning to the series later in the season[11] and eventually agreed to appear in three additional episodes with her most recent appearance airing in May 2009.[12][13]

The writers were eager to have her share scenes with Jennie Garth who also reprised her 90210 role of Kelly Taylor.[14] It was reported that Doherty and Garth's characters would both have a romantic interest in the character Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold),[15] reminiscent of their old rivalry for former bad boy character Dylan McKay (Luke Perry). Doherty and Garth later confirmed that the reports about the love triangle between their characters were false.[16]

Doherty was featured in a lead role in the SciFi Channel’s adventure film, The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon as Susan Jordan opposite Michael Shanks and Bianca Owens. The film premiered on the cable network on December 20, 2008.

Recent projects (since 2009)

Doherty has been in the process of pitching a new television show to networks.[11] On October 30, 2008, TV Guide reported that Doherty is due to co-star alongside Dylan McDermott in the indie film Burning Palms, a satire based on Los Angeles stereotypes told through five intertwining storylines.[17] She will also be starring in the upcoming TV movie thriller Encounter with Danger with Mark Humphrey. Doherty will play the lead in the upcoming British independent film The Beautiful Outsiders. Filming will commence in September.[18] She also announced she's currently writing a book though 'it's not an autobiography' but it contains some of her life experiences.[citation needed]

On March 1, 2010, it was announced that Doherty will be a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season. The season premiere will be on Monday, March 22, 2010.[19] Doherty will be paired with two-time champion Mark Ballas in his 6th season on the show. [20]

Personal life

Doherty was married briefly to Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton. She was also married to Rick Salomon, and was briefly engaged to actor Judd Nelson. Doherty was once sentenced to either ten days in jail or twenty days of work-release duty, three years probation, and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for drunk driving charges in 2001.[2] She has appeared several times, nude, in Playboy magazine.[2] Her first appearance was in December 1993, followed by a spread in March 1994.[21] Later she posed for the magazine again in December 2003, and has been featured in a 10-page pictorial.[22][23]

Doherty is a fan of the TV series 24, and on the show's Season 4 DVD set, she provides audio commentary on "3:00 PM - 4:00 PM" with episode writer Evan Katz.[2] As of date, she lives in Malibu, California. She also has a horse ranch in Ventura County, California and owns seven horses and two dogs.[2]


Year Title Role Notes and Awards
1981 Father Murphy Drusilla Shannon Nominated: Young Artist Award
1982 Night Shift Bluebird
The Phoenix Little Girl
The Secret of NIMH Teresa (voice)
Voyagers! Betty Parris
1983 Little House on the Prairie Jenny Wilder (1982-1983) Nominated: Young Artist Award (1983, 1984)
Little House: Look Back To Yesterday Jenny Wilder TV film
Magnum, P.I. Ima Platt
1984 Airwolf Phoebe Danner Nominated: Young Artist Award
Little House: Bless All The Dear Children Jenny Wilder TV film
Little House: The Last Farewell Jenny Wilder TV film
The New Leave It to Beaver Laurie TV film, 1 episode
1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Maggie Malene
Highway to Heaven Shelley Fowler
Robert Kennedy & His Times Kathleen Kennedy TV miniseries
The Other Lover Alson Fielding TV film
1986 Our House Kris Witherspoon (1986-1988) Nominated: Young Artist Award (1987, 1988)
Out Laws Young Girl
1987 Alf Loves a Mystery The Lady in Red TV film
1989 21 Jump Street Janine
Heathers Heather Duke
1990 Life Goes On Ginny Green
Beverly Hills, 90210 Brenda Walsh TV series (1990-1994)
Nominated: Young Artist Award (1991, 1992)

Nominated: TV Land Awards (2007)

1991 Forever Young Party Girl Short film
1992 Freeze Frame Lindsay Scott Direct-to-video
Obsessed Lorie Brindel TV film
The Secret Of Lost Creek Jennie Fogel
1994 A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story Margaret Mitchell TV film
Almost Dead Doctor Katherine Roshak
Blindfold: Acts of Obsession Madeleine Dalton TV film
Jailbreakers Angel Norton TV film
1995 Mallrats Rene Mosier
1996 Gone in the Night Cindi Dowaliby TV film
1997 Friends 'Til The End Heather Romley TV film
Sleeping with the Devil Rebecca Dubrovich TV film
The Ticket CeeCee Reicker TV film
Nowhere Valley Chick #2
1998 Charmed Prue Halliwell TV series (1998-2001)
Nominated: Saturn Award (1999, 2000)
1999 Striking Poses Gage Sullivan
2000 Satan's School for Girls Beth Hammersmith/Karen Oxford TV film
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Herself
Another Day Kate TV film
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle Of Mary Kay Lexi Wilcox TV film
The Rendering Sarah Reynolds with Peter Outerbridge and John Brennan 
2003 View of Terror Celeste Timmerman TV film
2003 Scare Tactics Herself TV series
2004 North Shore Alexandra Hudson (2004-2005)
2005 Love, Inc. Denise Johnson TV series, 1 episode (1.01)
Category 7: The End of the World Faith Clavell TV miniseries
2007 Christmas Caper Kate Dove TV film
2007 The Delphi Effect Marta
2008 Defunct Fanny
Kiss Me Deadly Marta
The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon Sarah Jordan TV film
90210 Brenda Walsh TV series (2008-2009)
2009 Burning Palms Dr. Shelly
The Beautiful Outsiders Sarah Fugate
Encounter with Danger Claire TV film
2010 Hallmark Hall of Fame: Growing the Big One[24] Emma Silver TV film
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself



  • Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty (executive producer) (1 episode, 2006)
  • Better Off: Insecurity Check (2006) TV episode (executive producer)
  • Another Day (2001) (TV) (co-executive producer)

Miscellaneous crew

  • 1997 "Friends 'Til The End" (singer: "Stop", "Does Anybody Hear Me?", "Friends 'Til the End")
  • 2001 Charmed "Coyote Piper" (choreographer)


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Shannen Doherty biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Annual Young Artist Awards - Past Years". Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Countdown: The 50 best high school movies".,6115,1532588_1_0_,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  5. ^ "E!'s 50 Most Wicked Women of Prime Time". Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ Shawna Malcom. "The Witching Hour". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  7. ^ "IMDb: Shannen Doherty - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  8. ^ "AOL - Top TV Witches". AOL. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Scare Tactics official site". SCI FI. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  10. ^ "Sources Confirm: Tori Pulls Out of 90210 Spinoff". E! Online. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  11. ^ a b "'90210' Scoop: Garth's Staying, Doherty's Leaving!'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  12. ^ "It's official: Shannen Doherty re-ups with '90210'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  13. ^ "Shannen Doherty Returning to 90210". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Tori Is Out, Shannen Is In for 90210 Remake!". E! Online - Watch with Kristin. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  15. ^ "Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'SVU,' 'Gossip Girl,' '90210,' 'Heroes,' 'Lost' and More!". Ask Ausiello. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  16. ^ "90210's Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth: The EW Reunion". Entertainment Weekly.,,20221579_5,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  17. ^ Shannen Doherty, Dylan McDermott Join Burning Palms (movie)|Burning Palms Ensemble Film" TV Guide. October 30, 2008. Retrieved on October 31, 2008
  18. ^ "Shannon Doherty Starring in Beautiful Outsiders". Movies Online. 22 May 2009. 
  19. ^ Associate Press, New 'Dancing With the Stars' cast revealed, Yahoo! News, March 1, 2010
  20. ^ Hal Boedeker (March 2, 2010). "‘Dancing With the Stars’: Shannen Doherty pairs with Mark Ballas; Kate Gosselin with Tony Dovolani". Orlando Sentinel. 
  21. ^ "Shannen Doherty Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Shannen Doherty in December's Playboy's". EroPlanet (Yahoo! News). 2003-10-25. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  23. ^ "Shannen Doherty Sizzles in Playboy's December Issue.". PR Newswire. 2003-10-22. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  24. ^ "Shannen Dorherty goes to the pumpkin patch with Hallmark Channel". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

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Shannen Doherty is an American actress. She was born in April 1971. Her most notable act is playing Brenda Walsh on the Beverly Hills 90210. She has also starred in many movies, one of them being Heathers. Doherty also starred on the TV show Charmed.

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