(born on April 12, 1971 in Memphis,
Tennessee) is an American actress of Irish descent, best known
for her work as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Prue
Halliwell in Charmed.
Shannen Doherty came to notice when she was cast as Jenny
Wilder in Little House on the Prairie. Shannen Doherty was then
cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris, on the family
drama Our House, which ran from 1986 to 1988. Doherty then went
on to appear in an episode of Magnum P.I.
Shannen's first major motion picture role was in Heathers,
released in 1989. Shannen Doherty went on to star in the Aaron
Spelling-produced TV series Beverly Hills 90210 for four years,
from 1990 to 1994. Although her departure from the series was
reportedly acrimonious, it didn't stop Spelling from casting her
in another series, Charmed. Shannen Doherty left that series in
2001, after three years (rumors persisted that her departure was
against her will, due to a feud with co-star Alyssa Milano). She
hosted Scare Tactics on the Sci Fi channel until the 2004
season. Shannen Doherty was a former regular on the failed TV
series North Shore, a return to her prime-time soap roots.
In 2005, Shannen Doherty was cast in the new TV comedy Love Inc.
but was dropped from the show just months before the debut in
Shannen is now starring in her own show, Breaking Up With
Shannen Doherty on the Oxygen network.
In late July 2006, rumors began circulating that Shannen had
plastic surgery. In August, tabloid Star Magazine published the
first pictures - a cover of the issue can be seen at Doherty Do
Over (this issue saw a general release date of August 3, 2006).
Gossip columnists reported that Shannen was so upset over the
front page coverage that she cancelled a shoot for her reality
TV series. Shannen Doherty made an appearance on The View July
31, 2006 to counter that she had not had plastic surgery.
Shannen Doherty recently starred in the popular British sitcom
Bo In The USA a program of brain child Leigh Francis. In the
show she plays the role of herself being randomly harassed by
Avid Merrion (Francis) who claims they had several intimate
relations, she however is unaware of any of these. The show
aired in October 2006 on the British channel 4 where she
appeared in several episodes.
Shannen Doherty's private life has also been turbulent, with a
six month marriage to Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton.
Shannen Doherty was also married to Rick Salomon (most famous
for starring in the
Paris Hilton s-- tape). That marriage was later
annulled. Doherty posed for a nine-page pictorial in the
December 2003 issue of Playboy magazine.
Director List for Shannen Doherty
- 2000 Charmed "Be Careful What You Witch For"
- 2001 Charmed "The Good, the Bad, and the Cursed"
- 2001 Charmed "All Hell Breaks Loose"
Film List for Shannen Doherty
- 2007 Breaking up with Shannen Doherty as herself -
- 2006 Bo In The USA as herself (Channel 4 comedy show)
- 2006 The View as co-Hostess (31Jul/1Aug) (ABC talk-show)
- 2006 Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty as Hostess (Oxygen
- 2005 Category 7: The End Of The World as Faith Clavell
(2005) (CBS miniseries)
- 2005 Love, inc. as Denise Johnson (pilot) (uncredited)
- 2005 North Shore as Alexandra Hudson
- 2003 Nightlight as Celeste
- 2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle Of Mary Kay as Lexi
- 2002 The Rendering as Sarah Reynolds
- 2001 Another Day as Kate
- 2001 Gary & Mike as Breeze(voice)
- 2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- 2000 Satan's School For Girls as Beth Hammersmith/Karen
- 1999 Striking Poses as Gage Sullivan
- 1998 Charmed as Prue Halliwell (1998-2001)
- 1997 The Ticket as CeeCee Reicker
- 1997 Nowhereas Valley Chick #2
- 1997 Sleeping with the Devil as Rebecca Dubrovich
- 1997 Friends 'Til The End as Heather Romley
- 1996 Gone In The Night as Cindi Dowaliby
- 1995 Mallrats as Rene Mosier
- 1994 A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story as
- 1994 Jailbreakers as Angel Norton
- 1994 Blindfold: Acts Of Obsession as Madeleine Dalton
- 1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 as Brenda Walsh (1990-1994)
- 1994 Almost Dead as Doctor Katherine Roshak
- 1993 Saturday Night Live (Host)
- 1992 Obsessed as Lorie Brindel
- 1992 The Secret Of Lost Creek as Jennie Fogel
- 1992 Freeze Frame as Lindsay Scott
- 1991 Forever Young as Party Girl
- 1990 Life Goes On as Ginny Green
- 1989 21 Jump Street as Janine
- 1989 Heathers as Heather Duke
- 1986 Our House as Kris Witherspoon (1986-1988)
- 1986 Out Laws as Young Girl
- 1985 Highway to Heaven as Shelley Fowler
- 1985 The Other Lover as Alson Fielding
- 1985 Girls Just Want To Have Fun as Maggie Malene
- 1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times as Kathleen Kennedy
- 1984 Little House: Bless All The Dear Children as Jenny
- 1984 Little House: The Last Farewell as Jenny Wilder
- 1984 Airwolf as Phoebe Danner
- 1983 Little House: Look Back To Yesterday as Jenny
- 1983 Magnum, P.I. as Ima Platt
- 1983 Little House on the Prairie as Jenny Wilder
- 1982 Voyagers! as Betty Parris
- 1982 Night Shift as Bluebird
- 1982 The Secret of NIMH as Teresa (voice)
- 1982 The Phoenix as Little Girl
- 1981 Father Murphy as Drusilla
Trivia for Shannen Doherty
- Her brief marriage to Ashley Hamilton is referenced in
Mallrats. Co-star Ben Affleck plays a character named
- Doherty is a Southern Baptist and a Republican.
- Suffers from the bowel condition Crohn's disease.
- According to some sources, she is fluent in three
languages: English, Spanish and French.
- Is close friends with
- Has four horses and three dogs.
- Addicted to the FOX's action-drama 24.
- While she apparently has had little contact with most of
her former co-stars since leaving Charmed, she remains good
friends with Holly Marie Combs, and she has spoken at length
with her replacement, Rose McGowan, and has told her she
thinks Rose has done an excellent job.
- Shannen is allergic to wool and chocolate.
- Loves to cook.
- Shannen owns rights in Charmed.
- Is openly Republican.