Shannen Doherty: biography and latest news!

    Shannen Doherty © Backgrid USA
    Shannen Doherty © Backgrid USA

  • Occupation : director, actress
  • Real name: Shannen Maria Doherty
  • Sign : Aries
  • Date of birth: Monday, April 12, 1971 (age: 49 years old)
  • Country: United States

Shannen Maria Doherty was born on April 12, 1971 in Memphis, USA. She was 7 years old when her family moved to Los Angeles and, already convinced that she wanted to be an actress, she had her first castings. At the age of 11, she got her first major role as Jenny Wilder in The Little House on the Prairie.

After appearing in several TV movies, she was noticed for her performance in the film Fatal Games, in 1989, alongside Winona Ryder. But it is especially with the series Beverly Hills 90210 in the role of Brenda Walsh that she knows the glory in 1990. The series is a huge success. The first season brings together more than 14 million viewers. But she quickly came into conflict with the production, before tackling the other members of the cast. She becomes a real bad girl, accumulating fights, bad checks and drunken outings.

In January 1993, the California United Bank sued her for repayment of her debts. On the private side, the actress is also in the news. She accumulates the conquests and marries briefly (from September 1993 to April 1994) with Ashley Hamilton, son of the actor George Hamilton. Initially best friend with the daughter of the producer of the series (Aaron Spelling), Tori Spelling, she definitely falls out with this one when she decides to leave the series, in May 1994, at the end of the 4th season.

After having played from 1990 to 1994 in many TV movies and then having started a career in cinema from 1994, with mixed success, Aaron Spelling contacted her again in 1998. He offered her the role of one of the three sisters who discover their gift of witchcraft in the series Charmed. The series was also very successful. But the relations between the actress and her on-screen partner Alyssa Milano deteriorate quickly, and Shannen decides to leave the series, once season 3 is over, allowing Alyssa to stay.

In 2003, the actress married film producer Rick Salomon. But seven months later, their marriage is cancelled after a public argument.

In 2006, Shannen became host of the show Breaking up with Shannen Doherty (broadcast in France on NRJ 12 in April 2008). After several series projects, the actress makes her big comeback on television by taking over the role of Brenda Walsh in 2008-2009 in the television series Berverly Hills 90210 renamed 90210 Beverly Hills: New Generation. Fans are thrilled and the first episodes aired are audience hits. It is also an opportunity for her to make up for the bad things she did in her youth: she makes up with actress Jennie Garth. She then makes a remarkable appearance in October 2011 in an episode of the French reality TV show: Les Anges de la téléréalité 3: I love New York.

On November 15, 2011, Shannen married photographer Kurt Iswarienko in Malibu and confided that she was finally making the perfect love. Her wedding is featured on the reality show she is currently promoting: Shannen Says.

In August 2015, she revealed that she has breast cancer. On February 4, 2020, on Good Morning America, Shannen Doherty announced a recurrence of her cancer.