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Shannen Maria Doherty
Shannen on her husband Kurt's arm at WE tv's "Family Affair" 2012 Winter TCA event at Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California on January 13, 2012
Biographical Information
Birth April 21st, 1971
Birth Place Memphis, Tennessee, USA


Physical Information
Gender Female
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Green
Skin color White
Heritage American
Personal Information
Spouse Kurt Iswarienko


Affiliation Art Director for Pasedina Magazine
Well Known Exes Richard Solomon
Charmed Role

Prudence Halliwell
Director (3 Episodes)
Phoebe Bowen, Season 2 (Pardon My Past)

Charmed Appearances

All 66 Episodes of Season 1 to Season 3
Also appeared in Unaired Pilot

Starred In Such Shows As

Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty
Scare Tactics
Beverly Hills 90210

Shannen Doherty portrayed Prue Halliwell in seasons one through three of Charmed.


Shannen was brought up in Memphis, Tennessee, USA and at the age of seven her family moved to Los Angeles. Shannen was confident that she wanted to become an actress and by the age of ten her dream came true.

Shannen was a confident student always making sure to get exceptional grades and although quite popular, she preferred to have a few close friends rather than a large crowd of friends. In fact, Shannen and Holly Marie Combs were good friends even before Charmed, and it was Shannen who persuaded her to audition. Ironically, the producers at first actually wanted Shannen to portray Piper Halliwell and Holly to portray Prue Halliwell. She has been married twice, but the first marriage was annulled and the second, divorced. On November 09th, 2010, Shannen's father John Thomas Doherty passed away after a long bout with ill health, he was 66; Shannen has said "I love him with ever inch of my being. I can't imagine life without him."

On October 15, 2011, Shannen married her long time boyfriend, photographer Kurt Iswarienko in a private ceremony in Malibu, California.


  • She made her acting debut at age ten, with a role on the series "Father Murphy" (1981).
  • She made a name for herself as a child actress at just 11-years-old, starring in "Little House on the Prairie" (1974).
  • Her real success came in 1990, at the age of 19, when she was cast in Aaron Spelling's long-running hit series, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990)
  • Later she reunited with long-time producer Aaron Spelling, when she was cast as Prue Halliwell on "Charmed" (1998).
  • She continued her work in movies by starring in Another Day (2001).
  • And the Rendering (2002).
  • Shannen was the host of the series Scare Tactics (2003).
  • Shannen made her return to television on Fox's drama series "North Shore" (2004).
  • She has ventured into new projects and in 2006, she starred in her own reality series, "Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty".
  • In 2008, Shannen reprised her role as Brenda Walsh on 90210.
  • Although she didn't play a character on the show, she is a fan of the TV series "24" and provided audio commentary with Evan Katz on that show's Season 4 DVD, in addition to having visited the set numerous times.
  • Shannen is set to appear in the upcoming fantasy T.V. production entitled Witchslayer.
  • Shannen's new book Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide To Living Life With Style And (The Right) Attitude hits bookstores in November 2010.
  • In late 2011, Shannen allowed cameras to follow her and husband Kurt around for a reality series entitled Shannen Says.
  • In November 2012, Shannen made a cameo appearance on NBC's The New Normal.


  • Father Murphy 1981
  • Night Shift 1982
  • Little House on the Prairie 1982-1983
  • Girls Just Want Have Fun 1985
  • Beverly Hills 90210 1990-1994
  • Mallrats 1995
  • Charmed 1998-2001
  • View of Terror (aka Nightwish) 2003
  • North Shore 2004
  • Christmas Caper 2007
  • The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon 2008
  • 90210 2008
  • Dancing with the Stars 2010
  • Burning Palms 2010
  • Mari/Kari 2010





  • Shannen Doherty has directed 3 episodes of the series: Be Careful What You Witch For, The Good, the Bad, and the Cursed, and All Hell Breaks Loose.
  • She was paid $75,000 per episode of Charmed.
  • She did most of her own stunts as Prue Halliwell.
  • Shannen was the first one to be hired for Charmed. She was given the script and read it with Holly beside her and then went into the office to talk to Mr Spelling about casting Holly too.
  • She has stated her favorite episodes of Charmed were Which Prue Is It Anyway?, Ms. Hellfire and All Hell Breaks Loose.
  • Her pets include: Seven horses (one of which is a pony): Louisito, Alberto, Domingo, Picasso, Samourzakan, Aries Addiction and Thunder. Four dogs: Roamy (German shepherd), Leroy (Kane corso), Pinky (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and Leo (Rhodesian Ridgeback)
  • She loves playing games on her Playstation and X-box.
  • Her favourite game is Diablo.
  • She has been on the Jay Leno show 7 times.
  • She went to the same School as Jodie Foster went too.
  • She speaks French and Spanish.
  • Her GPA in High School was 4.0.
  • Still owns a percentage of Charmed even after she left.
  • She was 12 years old when she first saw Alyssa Milano, dancing at a Hollywood Party.
  • She was born on the same day and year as Nicholas Brendon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer  fame.
  • Shannen suffers from the stomach and bowel condition Crohn's Disease.
  • She is close friends with actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and best friends with Holly Marie Combs.
  • Interestingly Shannen follows Rose McGowan in twitter. She also follows Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano .
  • Shannen is allergic to Wool and Chocolate.
  • As a fan of the drama series 24 , Shannen provided audio commentary on the Season Four DVD for the hours 3pm-4pm.
  • She was ranked #5 in the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
  • Her nickname is Shando and her middle name is Maria.
  • She has a tattoo on her right ankle of a cross with the sun behind it. Below it is the name Rob after her then-boyfriend.
  • Her favorite place to buy furniture is Harrod's of London.
  • In the Charmed episode Coyote Piper, Shannen taught Holly how to table dance and acted as the choreographer.
  • Shannen turned down a role in the horror movie Scream 3 but did appear in a spoof. She was rumored to appear alongside Brian Krause in Scream.
  • She appeared in the music video for the Slaughter song Real Love.
  • The film, Heathers, Shannen's first Major movie role, was filmed in just 32 days.
  • Shannen Doherty has also been in a number of movies after her appearence on Charmed such as; View Of Terror,The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon and the infamous Christmas Caper.
  • Shannen has also made appearances on TV Shows Such as 'North Shore' were she portrayed the role of Alexandra Huson and the new series re-make of 90210, where she portrayed her infamous character Brenda Walsh.
  • Shannen has also starred alongside Julian McMahon (plays Cole Turner in Charmed) the two starred in 'Another Day'.
  • Shannen and Julian have also dated in the past.
  • Shannen and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was only 7 years old.
  • Owns a Horse Ranch in Ventura County, California.
  • Shannen also owns a Malibu Beach home which she listed in 2009 at $4 million. The gated mansion was built in 1976, has five bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 3,410 square feet. It has an outdoor patio with a waterfall, overlooking an ocean view with 1 acre of park-like grounds and includes a pool and spa.
  • She and Co-star Alyssa Milano were both considered for the role of Rene in Mallrats. The role later on went to Shannen.

Shannen promoting her new book "Bad Ass" - November 2010.

  • Shannen is also an art director for a California based magazine called, Pasedina.
  • Shannen is really close to her father, in 2010 she stated that her appearance on the hit American dance show 'Dancing with the Stars' was for him. Unfortunately, he died in early November 2010.
    • When the show first offered her a role to go on the show, she was terrifed, due to have a fear of live audience. She then made a deal with her father, who is a big fan of the show. She'll go on the show, if he tries and takes 5 steps down the hallway of the Hospital and to learn a new word everyday.
  • Shannen has also claimed that when infront of large crowds of people she gets nervous and gets Hives, a condition that is quite common in the US. It causes the skin to itch and turn red.
  • Apart from being a director Shannen has also had 2 shows on TV, Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty and Scare Tactics.
  • Shannen has stated that even though the gossip magazines makes her seem evil and a person that likes to starts feuds she pays no attention to them. In her career of over 20 years she has only cried over a misconception once.
  • Shannen was "punk'd" by former Charmed co-star Greg Vaughan (Dan Gordon) in the dutch television program Ushi & Loesie. You can watch it here..

Reasons for leaving Charmed[]

Although little is known about why Shannen Doherty really left Charmed, these are the more well-known theories:

  • Shannen Doherty had several disputes with co-star Alyssa Milano and/or executive producer Brad Kern. She left because it was hard to work with somebody for a long period of time when there are disagreements. Ironically about four years before she did Charmed and was doing "Beverly Hills 90210" the reason she chose to leave was due to a feud with her co-star, Jennie Garth.
  • Shannen Doherty wouldn't sign a two year contract with the show.
  • Shannen stated she left the show because she found it impossible to work with people who didn't care about the work they were doing. She claimed that there was too much drama on the set and not enough devotion to the show and that she felt she was the only one putting in one-hundred percent to the show, though what this means as far as the above or any other theories is completely unknown.
  • It has been stated that photos and scenes of Shannen were not used in Charmed after her exit from the series because of budget costs; the producer stated she did not return in the finale because if she did, it would have meant one of the other past characters, such as Wes Ramsey, Finola Hughes, or Drew Fuller, not reprising their role due to costs.