Shannen Maria Doherty (Memphis (Tennessee)12 april 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills 90210 and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed. She was also seen in the movie Heathers (1989).


[hide]*1 Biography


Youth Years[Edit]Edit

Doherty was born in Memphis, the daughter of manicuriste and mortgage consultant. [1although she is of Irish descent, she was raised as a follower of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The family moved to Los Angeles in 1978 . Doherty, when eight years old, told in an interview to be very shy and difficult to adapt to a new environment. Her confidence was even smaller when her mother after a year had severe headache and had to be included in a hospital. Her father got a stroke when Doherty was still a child.

Doherty was to see on television from 1981 . She had guest roles in various television series, including Father MurphyVoyagers!Magnum P.I. and Airwolf. In 1982 she got the role of Jenny Wilder in little house on the prairie and played those until the canvas in 1983 finally fell. It was actor/producer Michael Landon who gave her the role, after he saw her in Father Murphy. [2]

After this she was to see in a few TV movies and she had a supporting role in the teen film Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985). In 1986 she was cast in the drama series Our House. Doherty played Kris Witherspoon, the eldest daughter of the family where the series is all about. Although she was nominated for several Young Artist Awards for her role in 1988 , the series of the tube is passed. [3]

Period as teen idol[Edit]Edit

[1][2]Doherty with Jason Priestley andFred Savage during the Emmy Awards of 1991

In 1989 was Doherty opposite Christian Slater and Winona Ryder to see in the dark teen comedy Heathers. The film became a cult success and also Doherty got more attention.Tori Spelling noticed her and advised her to for the role of Brenda Walsh in the teensoap opera Beverly Hills, 90210 at her father Aaron Spelling. [4]

Doherty got the role in the series, which made its debut in 1990 . The series grew in 1991 into a huge success and Doherty became known. They made headlines by disputes with other cast members. [5In an interview with Tyra Banks she said just as good with colleagues Jason Priestley and Brian Austin Green to be able to handle. [6]

During her time at Beverly Hills, 90210 worked Doherty also contributed to various television movies. Also in 1993 she married with Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton.[7they divorced In april 1994 . Not much later she left Beverly Hills, 90210. She was replaced by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who took Valerie Malone .

Doherty In 1994 jerked away from her teen image by playing the role of the sensual Madeleine Dalton in Blindfold: Acts of Obsession (1994). Although she told that there is a double was used for the nude scenes and they never themselves naked in a movie would play that same year, she was called in to see the Playboy Magazine . [8she was briefly engaged to opposite Judd Nelson [9]

Doherty played after leaving Beverly Hills, 90210 mainly in television films. So she played a mother in Gone in the Night (1996) and a victim of domestic violence in sleeping with the Devil (1997). However, she is best remembered for her role in Mallrats (1995), a comedy starring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in the leading roles.


She was in 1998 by Aaron Spelling cast in the role of Prue Halliwell in Charmed along with Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano and Lori Rom.

During the course of the series came Doherty in december 2000 in the news when she was arrested and convicted of driving under the influence. [10they Also came in the news for her relationship with fellow Julian McMahon. They had a short relationship in 2001 . [11the same year, Doherty released from Charmed, which at that time had wound up its third season. Doherty was replaced by actress Rose McGowan. [12]

On 25 January 2002 married Doherty with customers-owner and millionaire Rick Solomon. [13It did not last long.

In 2003 , Doherty again got a big job when she was the host of the reality series Scare Tactics. [14however, she left the series after one season and was replaced by Stephen Baldwin. In 2004 , she was cast as the sister of Brooke Burns in the short-lived television series North Shore. [15after it was discontinued, she was cast in 2005 in the sitcom Love, Inc.. Right before this aired, however, Doherty's character was written out of the series. After this she presented briefly the reality series Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty.

Return to ' 90210 '[Edit]Edit

[3][4]Doherty at the premiere of90210 in August 2008

They made two television films, Christmas Caper (2007) and Kiss Me Deadly (2008).

In July 2008 it was announced that Doherty will return as Brenda Walsh in the spin-offserie 90210. [16she had never sustained for years to play that role, but explained the role especially for her fans to play for the last time. [17Doherty became reunited with rival Jennie Garth. [18]

Doherty married on 15 October 2011 for the third time. [19]


Filmography as an actress
Year Title Role Comments
2008-2009 90210 Brenda Walsh 5 episodes
2004-2005 North Shore Alexandra Hudson 11 episodes
1998-2001 Charmed Prue Halliwell 67 episodes
1990-1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brenda Walsh 111 episodes
1986-1988 Our House Kris Witherspoon 36 episodes
1982-1983 Little House on the Prairie Jenny Wilder 18 episodes
2010 Growing The Big One Emma Television film
2008 The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon Susan Jordon Television film
Kiss Me Deadly Marta Television film
2007 Christmas Caper Kate Dove Television film
2005 Category 7: The End of The World Faith Clavell Tv Movie/ Mini Series
2003 Nightlight Celeste Television film
2002 Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Lexi Wilcox Television film
The Rendering Sarah Reynolds
2001 Another Day Kate Television film
2000 Satan's School for Girls Beth Hammersmith/Karen Oxford Television film
1999 Striking Poses Gage Sullivan
1997 The Ticket Niren Reicker Television film
Nowhere Valley Chick # 2 Cameo
Sleeping with the Devil Rebecca Dubrovich Television film
Friends ' Til the End Heather Romley Television film
1996 Gone in the Night Cindi Dowaliby
1995 Mallrats Rene Mosier
1994 A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story Margaret Television film
Jailbreakers Angel Television film
Blindfold: Acts of Obsession Madeleine Dalton Television film
Almost Dead Doctor Katherine Roshak
1992 Obsessed Lorie Brindel Television film
Freeze Frame Lindsay Scott Television film
1991 Forever Young Party Girl Television film
1989 Heathers Heather (Duke)
1987 Alf Loves a Mystery The Lady in Red Television film
1986 Outlaws Young Girl Television film
1985 The Other Lover Alson Fielding Television film
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Maggie Malene
Robert Kennedy & His Times Kathleen Kennedy Mini Series
1984 Little House: The Last Farewell Jenny Wilder Television film
1983 Little House: Bless All the Dear Children Jenny Wilder Television film
Little House: Look Back to Yesterday Jenny Wilder Television film
1982 Night Shift Bluebird
The Secret of NIMH Teresa Voice

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