Actress Melissa Gilbert played Shannen's aunt on Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning, when Shannen was just a child. Gilbert said that at the time, Shannen was "an adorable little girl and very sweet". Years later, however, Gilbert claims that Shannen slept with her first husband while they were separated, but not yet divorced. Since then, the two actresses have had very minimal contact with each other, aside from a small confrontation that they had at an awards show while Shannen's hit show, Beverly Hills, 90210, was popular.
Shannen fondly remembers playing 10-year-old Jenny Wilder on Little House on the Prairie for a year. She claims that in her entire career, she has never worked with a "more affectionate group," going on to say that "everyone in the cast was family."
In 2009, Shannen will be appearing in the TV movie Encounter with Danger. It's a thriller in which her character is searching for her boyfriend (played by Mark Humphrey) who has disappeared while on vacation.
In July 2008, it was announced that Shannen would be reprising her role as Brenda Walsh on the highly anticipated Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff. Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), with whom Shannen feuded with in the past, has also signed on for the project.
On the set of Beverly Hills, 90210, when Shannen used to come in late and make up lame excuses, her co-star Ian Ziering finally lost it and called her a c***, and then, after a few seconds of dead silence, said, "Can't Understand Normal Thinking." Tori Spelling, who also starred on the show, said this was a really shocking moment, because Ziering was a typically sweet guy who never said a bad thing about anyone.
Part of Tori Spelling's autobiographical memoir, which was released in early 2008, discussed Shannen's bad behavior on the set of 90210. Spelling talked about how Shannen "took her under her wing" and introduced her to her partying ways, but despite Shannen's bad girl ways, Spelling liked her and was friends with her. However, as Shannen's behavior worsened, Spelling "didn't want to betray her," but she finally agreed to support the decision to have Shannen fired from the show. "When she left, I felt the same as everyone else, like I could breathe again," Spelling wrote.
Despite constant rumors of on set rivalries during her time on Beverly Hills, 90210, she was close to both Tori Spelling and Brian Austin Green, who defended her behavior to the press numerous times.
As a child, she worked on the hit television series Little House on the Prairie for its final two seasons, portraying Laura and Almanzo's niece Jenny. Susan McCray, who took part in the show's casting, has said that Shannen is right up there with Melissa Gilbert (who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the series) as one of the most natural and talented child actors she has ever seen.
Shannen is 5'3" (1.60 m) tall.
In 2006 Shannon Doherty threatened Star Magazine with a lawsuit after it ran a cover story suggesting she had undergone plastic surgery. The actress went on to say she had never gone under the knife while on the television show The View.
In the early 1990's, she was targeted by a young woman who attacked celebrities in nightclubs, before suing them, claiming the celebrity started the attack. Shannen defended herself against the woman, punching her in the face. The tabloid press ignored the motives of the young woman, spending more time claiming that Shannen attacked her in a drunken rage.
She changes her bed sheets every other day and also admits that she is a compulsive house mover.
She appeared in the music video "Real Love" by the band Slaughter.
Her hobbies include horseback riding, playing video games, and playing the guitar.
Her favorite actresses are Jodie Foster, Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Her favorite books include "East of Eden" by John Steinback and "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway.
She loves southern food, especially fried steaks.
She has modeled for Sassaby Cosmetics, Gitano Jeans, EZ-UP Sun Screen and Pepsi.
It took her two years to persuade her parents to allow her to act.
She loves to cook, something she has in common with her father.
She has had her teeth capped.
A Disney movie was made about her great, great, great grandfather. The movie was called The Fighting Prince of Donegal.
At the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, she presented a special award to rock band Van Halen.
She loves the Hostess snack Zinger but she can only eat the plain ones because she is allergic to chocolate and coconut. She also can't resist a Twix even with her chocolate allergies.
She smoked her first cigarette whilst filming the pilot for Beverly Hills, 90210. She still smokes to this day.
She has Crohn's disease.
Shannen's short marriage to Ashley Hamilton is referenced in her movie Mallrats. There is even a character in the film called Shannon Hamilton.
When Shannen was part of the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, she wrote nearly $32,000 worth of bad checks. She had her wages garnished by California United Bank.
Even though she has left the show Charmed, she still owns a percentage of it.
Her nickname is Shando.
Has a brother named Sean, who was born in 1967.
Her full name is Shannen Maria Doherty.
In 2004, she got into a fight with actress Tara Reid at a Miami nightclub. During the incident, a drunken Reid fell backward off a couch and crashed to the floor near-by Shannen. Reid, who was completely wasted, started yelling at Shannen, who then punched her.
She has appeared in over 20 TV movies, including The Other Lover (1985), Forever Young (1991), Freeze Frame (1992), Obsessed (1992), Blindfold: Acts of Obsession (1994), Almost Dead (1994), A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story (1994), Gone In the Night (1996), Sleeping with the Devil (1997), The Ticket (1997), Striking Poses (1999), Satan's School for Girls (2000), Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002), Nightlight (2003) and Category 7: The End of the World (2005).
She married actor Ashley Hamilton (son of George Hamilton) in September 1993, only two weeks after they first met. Unsurprisingly, they divorced in April 1994. In 2002, she married internet millionaire Rick Salomon. After Salomon's notorious sex tape with heiress Paris Hilton was released, Shannen ended the marriage, divorcing him in early 2003.
She has been engaged twice. Her first fiancée was real estate dealer Chris Foufas, who split with Shannen after he became convinced that she cheated on him. Her second fiancée was millionaire Dean Factor (heir to the Max Factor cosmetics throne) but their engagement was marred with violence and Factor took out a restraining order on her, shortly after they separated.
She has been romantically linked with actors Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil and director Rob Weiss. She has dated three of her acting co-stars, Charmed co-star Julian McMahon, Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jason Priestley and Judd Nelson, who met Shannen on the set of the erotic TV movie Blindfold: Acts of Obsession.
She loves listening to U2, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Frank Sinatra.
She was fired from Beverly Hills, 90210 at the end of it's fourth season, with Aaron Spelling citing that the firing came after she was involved in arguments with co-stars and frequently showed up late on set.
She used to have over 250 pairs of shoes, but she gave them to charity.
She doesn't credit Aaron Spelling as the reason she is successful, saying in an interview that the movie Heathers got her into the spotlight.
She was famously quoted as saying that Charmed is a show "for 12-year-olds". She has since taken back the comment.
Her latest project is the reality series Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, in which she 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 will premiere August on Oxygen.
It is unknown exactly why her character Prue Halliwell was killed off in the season three finale of Charmed. Rumors exist which claim she and co-star Alyssa Milano had a strained relationship and frequently held up production because of their off-screen arguments, whilst others claim that Shannen just got bored of the series and wanted to quit. What has been confirmed is the fact that she had did not get along with show-runner Brad Kern. This is most evidenced by the fact that Shannen was the only major Charmed star who was not even approached to appear in the show's series finale in 2006.
She quit Sci-Fi's reality series Scare Tactics in 2004. Her replacement, actor Stephen Baldwin, bombed with viewers and the show was cancelled.
She is a supporter of the Republican party.
On the Tori Spelling series So NoTORIous, Shannen is represented by a giant black shadow, fueling rumors that both actresses didn't get along on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210. Ironically, Tori recommended Shannen for the role of Brenda Walsh after seeing her in the movie Heathers.
She turned up late on the first day of shooting for the 1994 TV movie Jailbreakers, infuriating director William Friedkin.
In 1997, she was sentenced to anger management counseling after getting into an argument with a motorist and smashing a beer bottle against his windshield as he drove away.
She has appeared nude in Playboy Magazine twice, once in March 1994 and again in December 2003.
Before joining Charmed, she had competed with Alyssa Milano for the role of Rene in the independent film Mallrats, which Shannen ultimately won. In another strange twist of fate, Shannen worked with her future Charmed replacement Rose McGowan in the film Nowhere.
She is good friends with cult director/writer/actor Kevin Smith, who cast her in the films Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
In 2001, she was sentenced to three years probation, fined $1,500 and forced to do community service after a drunk-driving charge.
In the Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion show, she revealed that the hardest thing about working on the show was the fact that she had a major crush on her on-screen brother, played by Jason Priestley, making some fans remark that their sibling relationship sometimes had a "weird incestuous vibe," something which she finds hilarious.
As of 2006, she lives in California and owns a horse ranch in Ventura County.
She is a massive fan of Fox's 24 and recorded a commentary track for the show's season four DVD box set, despite never appearing on the series.
She has denied rumors that she got into a public fight with notorious heiress Paris Hilton, who filmed a sex tape with Shannen's ex husband. In a statement, Paris said "Shannen's psycho! She grabbed my arm and my face and I have scratches and bruises. She screamed at me, 'stay away from my husband'... She said she wanted a fight outside, but that's so trashy and I said no." Whilst being interviewed by Howard Stern, Shannen called her statement "an outright lie."
When she joined TV series North Shore, producers hoped her arrival would boost ratings, just like Heather Locklear did when she joined 90's primetime soap Melrose Place. Sadly, the ploy didn't work and North Shore was cancelled soon after she joined.
She was cast as Denise Johnson in the pilot of UPN sitcom Love, Inc. in August 2005 but was quickly replaced by Dawson's Creek star Busy Philipps. Her firing landed her at number 36 on E's 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops! list in 2006.
She was voted in at number 5 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars list for her role as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210.
She sang all her own vocals for the TV movie Friends 'Til the End.
She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Drama Series in 1983 & 1984 for Little House on the Prairie.
She made $75,000 per episode during her three seasons on Charmed.
She used to have a big crush on Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.
Her favorite colors are blue and green.
She started her own shelter called "ShanDo Kennels" where she used to find home for homeless animals when she was 11.
She is allergic to chocolate and wool.
She was offered a role in the horror movie Scream 3 but politely turned it down.
Shannen: Look, there are three things that have allowed me to work for as long as I've worked. The first is my fans. The second is my talent. And the third is my competitive nature. I hate sucking at anything.
Shannen: (In 2008, about Tori Spelling writing negative things about her in her autobiography) I had certain pages sent to me. The vast majority of it was over-exaggerated. Maybe it's just a difference in how I was raised. I just don't think you write personal experiences about your co-stars in a book. In 27 years of acting, I have never sold out any of my cast members, and I will stick to that.
Shannen: (on reuniting with former rival Jennie Garth for the 90210 spinoff) The only bad thing was that while we were trying to catch up with each other, people were constantly watching us. Every single eyeball was on us. I don't know what they were expecting. I was more interested in talking to Jennie about Dancing With the Stars. I thought she was amazing. Of course I voted for her.
Shannen: I've always been a bit of a loner. I love hanging out with my friends, but it gets to a point where I'm like, "Okay, that's enough. Go home. I need to be alone!"
Shannen: (disputing Tori Spelling's claims that Shannen and Jennie Garth came to blows on Beverly Hills, 90210) We never did. I think I would remember Jennie's fist connecting with a part of my body or a part of my face. It just goes to show you how people will lie.
Shannen: (on being in the 90210 spinoff) It started with someone calling my agent and saying, "Is this something she would do?" I was like, "Play Brenda Walsh again? Why would I do that?" There were 'I Hate Brenda' newsletters! She was exhausting to play. She had so much teen angst. I couldn't take it anymore. But then my friends started sending me links to all these websites that wanted me back. I was so incredibly overwhelmed that it got me thinking. Everything I have is because of the fans. This was my way of saying thank you.
Shannen: (On returning to 90210) It would be so irresponsible of me to mess things up again. Because I feel like... I have this weird responsibility. I pushed and I tested those boundaries and there's a reason why I've been given so many chances.
Shannen: The fortunate thing is that I've been working in this business for so long, and I have strong parents who taught me not to let that stuff go to my head. It's just a job. Some people make french fries at McDonald's. I get my hair and make-up done and go act. It's all the same thing in the long run.
Shannen: (on former co-star Tori Spelling's accusations about her in her autobiography) I don't know what her deal is. I thought it was funny. Didn't read it, nor would I. My friends called me and were like, "Oh, she said this and this." It just goes to show you how people will lie. I'm not quite sure what Tori's memories are, but when you work on a set, it's a very sacred and private experience. It's not supposed to end up in a book for somebody to make money off of.
Shannen: (about her former "bad girl" reputation) Yeah, yeah, I'm the evil witch. I get it. But you know, things were never as bad as people seemed to think they were.
Shannen: I definitely lived my life like I wasn't in the public eye.
Shannen: When I was 27, my mom said, "Honey, don't pretend this stuff isn't hurting you. If you go through your whole life being so self-protective, you're going to feel sad a lot." Something about what she said woke me up. I realized that I would rather have people know me as the shy, awkward person I am than the tough bitch. I got rid of a lot of people in my life. And after lots of therapy, and lots of patience and love from my family, I started to allow myself to open up.
Shannen: (on her reputation for bad behavior) At the time, my grandparents told my mom, "Lordy, what is Shannen doing?". Now I've calmed down.
Shannen: Everybody deserves a second chance in this world. That's basically all I ask.
Shannen: It's better to be the rejecter than the rejectee.
Shannen: (On her Beverly Hills 90210 exit) Let me start by saying it wasn't like I walked out one day and said, "I quit". It was a very long process of quitting the show. Aaron got as fed up with me as I was with the show, and I think it was because the notoriety was too much. People were hating the character and I couldn't take the abuse that came with that. People couldn't separate me from her and I got sick of people assuming that I was as naughty and bad as Brenda was. It was all very hurtful.
Shannen: (Speaking in 2001, on her reasons for leaving Charmed) There was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work. You know, I'm thirty years old and I don't have time for drama in my life anymore. I'll miss Holly a lot, you know, that's the only thing I want to clear up. She's one of my best friends, and I love her dearly, and there were never, ever problems between the two of us, and we will always be friends. She doesn't know if she's going back to the show because she doesn't want to be there without me. I want to work with actors who really, really care and that want to be there every single day. I don't want to work with people who complain about their job and they say they hate it.
Shannen: Does it hurt me that people think I'm a bad girl? Absolutely. It used to make me crazy and depressed and sad.
Shannen: I only want to do quality parts. I want to show that you can believe in yourself and your talent... and that you can say "no" to crummy parts.
Shannen You can turn any experience into a learning experience. Every experience helps you live your life.
Shannen: I'm open to different ideas, but if you get on my bad side and don't listen to me and if you don't treat me with such as you treat a man, you've got a problem.
Shannen: (on her new role as host of
Shannen: If God wanted us to be naked, why did he invent sexy lingerie?
Shannen: (asking her interviewer) Have you ever felt like a phone call that's been disconnected?
Shannen: Your life changes. Everything has to be done perfectly, and I didn't follow that. I lived my life as if I wasn't in the public eye. I thought, 'I'm young. I have the right to experience new things, and if I want to go to a bar and get drunk, that's my prerogative.'
Shannen: To be a b*tch or not a b*tch, that is the question.
Shannen: All my fans tell me what a glamorous life I have, but I tell them how hard I work and how many nights I spend alone with my dogs, eating chicken pot pie in my bedroom.
Shannen: (on finding Mr. Right) I don't need to settle for anything less than Mr Right. I'm a little too old to be making the same mistakes. But here's the funny part. I never leave the house, so I don't know how I'm gonna find him. The guy who delivers the newspaper? Are you cute? I hope so, 'cause that's the guy I'm gonna meet - seriously. I go to work and I come home.
Shannen: I wish I had conducted myself better on occasion and been more private, but I would rather live my life to the fullest than constantly conduct myself in a certain way to gain approval from others, I've always been outspoken about my opinions, and there's something to be said for having the courage to just live your life. I have regrets but no apologies.
Shannen: (on auditioning) Even when I'm called in for an audition or anything, and even when I have to meet other actors/tresses, or be in front of the camera, I get goosebumps.
Shannen: (on the state of her personal life) I've been very, very, very happily single since October - I ended my previous relationship, and it thrills me to no end. I'm just sort of hanging out and being a single girl and enjoying the moment. I think to just be a girl and have fun is so incredibly important.
Shannen: (on tabloid articles) You know, as far as I'm concerned, whatever they write, it's consisted of so many different lies that it's not even worth justifying it.
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