Born as Shannen Maria Doherty on 12 April 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, she is popularly known for her roles as Heather Duke in “Heathers,” as Brenda Walsh in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and its spin-off “90210” and as Prue Halliwell, one of the four good witches in “Charmed.”
At the tender age of seven, Shannen Doherty moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1978 where developed her inclination for acting. By the age of ten, she was already on the road to success with guest spots on “Father Murphy,” “Voyagers” and Airwolf. She applied for, and got her break through role of Jenny Wilder in “Little House on the Prairie” upon the recommendation of the star and producer of the TV series, Michael Landon, who saw the child actress perform in an episode of “Father Murphy.”
While she went on to appear in “Our House” and starred with Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker in “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and in “Heathers,” Shannen Doherty finally became a household name when she was cast by Aaron Spelling in 1990 in “Beverly Hills, 90201” to play the role of Brenda Walsh. The popular teen drama appealed to teen-age girls because they could easily relate with the character played by Shannen in the long-running TV hit series. Leaving the show after four years, she appeared on the big screen in 1994 starring in roles in the thriller “Almost Dead” and in the comedy flick “Mallrats.”
In 1998, Aaron Spelling again cast Shannen Doherty in “Charm” playing a role as one of the three Haliwell sisters alongside Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs who, as good witches, combine their spells into the awesome “power of three” to battle the forces of evil. Leaving the show after three years, Shannen went back to the big screen and starred in “Another Day,” “Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay,” “The Rendering” and “Nightlight.” She returned to TV in 2004 playing the role of Alexandra Hudson on the Fox drama series “North Shore,” then landed the role of Denise Johnson a year later on the UPN series “Love, Inc.” After starring in the reality series “Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty” she started writing about her own experiences in life.
Declaring herself a conservative and an ardent supporter of President Ronald Reagan, Shannen Doherty was criticized a bit by other celebrities on the left side of the political spectrum when she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention.