Maria Doherty was born April 12, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee.
The daughter of Tom, a bank employee, and Rosa, the
owner of a beauty parlor, went from Memphis Belle, to
turns out that Shannen has a lot to thank the late Michael
Landon for. After her family moved to Los Angeles when
Shannen was 7, she knew she wanted to pursue an acting
career. Things moved quickly, and she made her debut
at age 10, with a role on the series Father Murphy.
Landon saw her on Father Murphy, and cast her as Jenny
Wilder on the final season of Little House on the Prairie
(she appeared on several made-for-TV Little House movies
in the years that followed. Shannen was still doing
the TV rounds with appearances on '80s shows such as
Cagney & Lacey and Magnum P.I., and rejoined Michael
Landon on an episode of Highway to Heaven.
the time she was cast in the 1986 series Our House,
Shannen had appeared on the big-screen in Night Shift
and Girls Just Want To Have Fun (with pre-pubescent
Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt). Then in 1989,
a grown up Shannen co-starred with Winona Ryder in Heathers.
it was in 1990 that Shannen's life would take a major
turn, when a little show called Beverly Hills, 90210
hit TV screens. The popular teen drama invaded the houses
of pimple-faced and angst-ridden teens every week, and
teenage girls everywhere related to Brenda Walsh, Shannen
4 years as the Minnesota-turned-Bev Hills twin, Shannen
left the show, allegedly because of constant tardiness
and fights with cast mates and producer Aaron Spelling.
tabloid favorite, Shannen became the girl everyone loved
to hate, as her love life played like a Beverly Hills,
90210 episode and her personal life a Jerry Springer
episode. She was engaged and separated to Dean Factor
by 1991; engaged and separated to Chris Foufas by 1992;
and married Ashley Hamilton (son of the always tanned
George Hamilton) 2 weeks after meeting him, and they
divorced after less than a year.
had a brief courtship with actor Judd Nelson after they
met on the set of the 1994 film Blindfold, and in true
Hollywood fashion, started dating director Rob Weiss,
broke up with him, got engaged, and broke up with him
appeared partially nude in Play.boy in 1993 and 1994;
got into an actual physical fight with a woman in a
bar; and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving
on December 28, 2000, to which she pleaded innocent
in March 2001.
her personal life has been making tabloid headlines,
her professional career went more the way of a slew
of Made-for-TV movies, including: Forever Young, Obsessed,
Freeze Frame, Jailbreakers, A Burning Passion: The Margaret
Mitchell Story, and Sleeping With the Devil. She also
starred in the cult-favorite Mallrats, and co-starred
with Christina Applegate in Nowhere.
TV star potential proved that it was going anywhere
but nowhere, when she was cast in 1998 as Prue Halliwell
in the WB's successful Charmed (working with Aaron Spelling
once again). As part of a sexy sisterly trio of witches,
along with Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, Shannen
proved that life after Beverly Hills, 90210 wasn't all
that bad. On May 14, 2001, Spelling Televison confirmed
Shannen's departure from the show, allegedly due to
on-set cattiness between her and Alyssa Milano.
reach an agreement with the producers of "Beverly
Hills, 90210" (1990) regarding specifics of her
participation in the series finale so using edits
and digital effects they removed her entirely from
the next to last episode retrospective. An hour long
special which included virtually every other actor
in show's history.
September 1997) Sentenced to anger-management counseling
by the Beverly Hills Municipal Court for an incident
that occurred in August 1996; she got into an argument
with 22 year old Corey Hanker and smashed a beer bottle
on his car window as he tried to drive away from her.
father, Tom, works at a bank and her mother, Rosa,
is the owner of a beauty parlour.
several times partially nude in Playboy magazine,
one image is Dec. 1993, others in safer sex spread
in March 1994.
removed from the teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210"
(1990) at end of 4th season (March 1994). According
to producer Aaron Spelling because of constant conflicts
with other cast members and repeatedly late appearances
on the set.
William Friedkin when she failed to turn up for the
first day of shooting Jailbreakers (1994) (TV) in
Hollywood. Shannon, as it turned out, had just returned
from Italy, where she'd raised hell by turning up
late for an interview on a television talk-show. Friedkin's
first reaction was to call auditions and look at 12
other actresses to take the 90210-brat's part. But
then he decided to stick with Doherty.
moved to Los Angeles was she was 7 years old.
1992, Shannen was a guest on "The Dennis Miller
Show" (1992). She appeared on the fourth show
which meant that host, Miller, was still in the process
of getting used to the talk-show format. Early in
the interview she rudely asked Miller if he was nervous
and went on to point out his eyebrow which was twitching
nervously. This made headlines the next day and before
long, Miller was routinely making an effort to lampoon
her on his talk show.
dated Counting Crows frontman Adam F. Duritz
a role in Scream 3 (2000).
on the set of Blindfold: Acts of Obsession (1994)
(TV) she met Judd Nelson, and they later became engaged.
to have had a brief romance with Dean Cain.
December 2000) Arrested on suspicion of drunk driving;
released on recognizance.
April 2001) Pleaded no contest to drunk-driving charges
in Ventura County; faces up to six months in prison.
asked to audition for the teen soap "Beverly
Hills, 90210" (1990) based on her performance
in Heathers (1989).
a tattoo of a cross on her right leg.
Released from her "Charmed" contract because
of in-fighting between her and her co-star Alyssa
June 2001) Sentenced to either 10 days in jail or
20 days of work-release duty, three years probation,
and ordered to pay a $1500 fine for drunk-driving
Beat future Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano for the
role of Rene in cult film Mallrats.
had her wages garnisheed by California United Bank
when she was on "90210" because she wrote
nearly $32,000 worth of bad checks.