Facts

Facts

Full name: Shannen Maria Doherty
Nicknames: Shando and Leroy
Date of birth: April 12, 1971
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Star sign: Aries
Moon sign: Scorpio
Religion: Southern Baptist
Family: Her mother, Rosa, father, John-Thomas (but is known as Tom) and her older brother Sean (by 5 years)
Lives in: Malibu, California, USA
Pets: Seven horses (one of which is a pony) : Louisito, Alberto, Domingo, Picasso, Samourzakan, Aries Addiction and Thunder. Three dogs: Elfie (German Shepherd), Leroy (Kane Corso) and Bowie (German Shepherd)
Height: 5"4 or 163 cms
Weight: 99lbs (7 stone 7lbs) or 45kg
Education: Valmonte elementary school and Lycée Français
Fav food: She loves American southern food, specially fried steaks and potatoes
Fav music: Pink Floyd, U2, Sade, Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra
Fav books: John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' and Ernest Hemingway's 'The sun also rises'
Fav shows: 'The Soprano's', 'Sex and the city', 'Desperate Housewives', 'Hell's Kitchen', 'The Good Wife', 'America's next top model', 'Veep', 'House of Cards' and her all time fav is 'Grey's Anatomy'
Fav movies: 'The Witches of Eastwick' 'Scarface', 'Casino' and 'The Graduate'
Fav scary movie: 'The Omen' (the 1976 horror classic) Fav actor: Michael Landon who was like a second father to her but sadly passed away in 1991
Fav actresses: Jodie Foster, Katharine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg and Angelina Jolie
Particular signs: Tattoo. Right ankle - a cross with the sun behind it. Below it has the name 'Rob' after her then-boyfriend, Rob Weiss. About a year after they split up, she got it covered
Best quality: She is sincere
Worst quality: She is a smoker
Hobbies: Horseback riding, Tennis, Playing video games, and Playing the guitar
Car: She drives a pick-up truck (Range Rover Vogue). As of July 2005, She also owns a silver Volks Wagen (Bentley Continental GT) which cost her $150,000
She hates: All the rumors about her and her character, Brenda in Beverly Hills, 90210. She also hates her "long toes".

In 1988 she had her own column in 'Teen Machine' magazine.

She was the 1988 Youth Ambassador for the American Lung Association.

Shannen turned down a part in the movie, 'Scream'.

Shannen was hired for Beverly Hills, 90210 after Aaron Spelling's daughter, Tori recommended her for the role of Brenda.

When Shannen saw that Brenda would be losing her virginity her new script for Beverly Hills, 90210 she advised the writers that it was a bad idea. She was right - after the episode aired Fox threatened to drop the show after Brenda lost her virginity to Dylan on TV because the character bragged about it and did not feel any remorse. Advertisers were pulling out and the network executives became very worried. Ultimately, Darren Starr and the writers were forced to break up Brenda and Dylan before they could have sex again.

Shannen smoked her first cigarette in a hotel shooting the prom episode of 90210.

She made $17,500 per episode on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1992.

In 1992, Shannen was a guest on 'The Dennis Miller Show'. She appeared on the fourth show which meant that host, Dennis Miller, was still in the process of getting used to the talk-show format. Early in the interview, she rudely asked him 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, he was routinely making an effort to make fun of her on his talk show.

Shannen's character, Teresa Brisby on 'The Secret of N.I.M.H' wears a huge hair bow because the producers noticed how Shannen always wore one when she came in to do her voice overs. Her mother would often put one in her hair to make her more girly since she was a tomboy as a child.

She is allergic to chocolate, but cannot resist a Twix.

Sang all her own vocals for the movie Friend's Til The End.

Her favourite male singer is Frank Sinatra.

Shannen's hands are on the Italian Walk of Fame in Milan, Italy where she received an award from 'Telegatto' for best actress on American television in 1994.

Shannen changes her bed sheets every other day, and she also admits that she is a compulsive house mover.

She used to have over 350 pairs of shoes, but gave most of them to charity.

When she was eleven she started her own shelter, 'ShanDo Kennels' where she used to find homes for homeless animals.

She knew Holly Marie Combs ('Piper') seven years before Charmed. She met Holly at a mutual friends party. They are best friends.

Holly describes Shannen as "Strong, determined and loving".

She knew she wanted to act since starring in a Church play for 'Snow White'.

It took her two years to convince her parents to allow her to pursue an acting career.

Shannen takes acting very seriously and always likes to discuss the characters with the producers. She likes to develop her character with the audience in mind.

She was like her character, Kris Witherspoon on 'Our house' who was strong, warm and very opinionated. She worked closely with the producers, that is the reason they were so much alike.

She takes her position as a role model very seriously.

Shannen's first crying scene was on Little House.

She is very good friends with Sarah Michelle Gellar ('Buffy').

She tends to slam doors when she's mad.

Her eyes sometimes changes colors. They go from green too a grayish color.

She beat Alyssa Milano ('Phoebe', former co-star from Charmed) for the role of 'Rene' in Mallrats.

She was 12 years old when she first saw Alyssa Milano, who was dancing at a Hollywood Party.

Shannen's favourite colours are blue and green.

She's also allergic to wool.

Her Dad has had several strokes.

She's a good listener.

She has loved horses ever since she was in the movie, 'Robert Kennedy and His Times' where she had to learn how to ride one for a horse riding scene. She actually told the producers she could ride so when she got the part she panicked and took private lessons!

She dated River Phoenix when they both were very young.

In the Charmed episode 'Coyote Piper', Shannen taught Holly how to dance. She was the choreographer.

Shannen's father Tom, appeared on Charmed in season 3, episode 22 called 'All Hell Breaks Loose' which was Shannen's last episode.

She loves cheeseburgers.

She had a 220 pound English mastiff named Max, but he sadly died. Her other mastiff, who was almost as big as Max, named Isabella also died. She also had a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Leo who passed away in 2014.

Shannen's older brother, Sean was on 'I'm Telling!' alongside Shannen in episode # 1.17 on January 30th, 1988. (TV series with siblings as the contestants).

She directed 3 episodes of Charmed, which also includes the last ever episode that she was in, 'All hell breaks loose'.

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 did all of her own stunts on Charmed.

At first Shannen and Holly decided to read Wicca books so they wouldn't offend anybody in Charmed.

When Holly was house hunting, she lived with Shannen in her house. Holly also lived in Shannen's trailer during Charmed.

She lives in Ventura County on a ranch and owns another home in Malibu.

She has a scar on the top of her nose from when she was three in a mild car accident; one on her eyelid from a windup Easter bunny; one on her left knee from roughhousing and one as an adult on her right shoulder.

She is right handed.

She enjoys tennis and snow skiing.

She loves to direct.

She cries easily.

Even though she owns lots of shoes she prefers to be barefoot!

She likes to wear sweats more than fashionable clothes!

Her favourite designers are Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Moschino.

She buys all of her horses in Germany.

She stands up for what's wrong or right, and doesn't care who has a problem with it.

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.

She speaks French and Spanish.

Her GPA in High School was 4.0.

She was in 'Who's Who Among American High School Students'.

Since age 5, she was required to read the paper and discuss world events with her parents over dinner.

She was an honorary Cub Scout and appeared on TV with her brother's troop.

She appeared in several public service announcments for 'The Adventures Of Teddy Ruxpin' in 1987.


She once appeared in 'Beverly Hills, 90210' print adverts for make up and perfume, a 'Sassaby' cosmetic cases print advert and Gitano Jeans print advert/commercial. She was also in a French eyeglass/sunglasses print advert too. She has also done two Pepsi commercials ("The drink you look good holding") and she's appeared in a anti-smoking government advert. She also did a Red Cross PSA at the end of a 'Beverly Hills, 90210' episode to encourage people to donate blood along with Luke Perry. Also, she did three Korean commercials for Debon's 'EZ-UP' cosmetics, along with several print adverts for the company. In 2012 she was the guest of honour for Israel’s sunglasses brand ‘Erroca,’ to promote their new collection, 'Beverly Hills Polo Club'.

She did a commercial for 'Pacific Bell' in the early 90's.

She was on the cover of a bridal magazine when she was engaged to Chris Foufas.

She presented a special award to Van Halen at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

She likes to watch DVDs while eating Deviled-ham sandwiches.

She has Crohn's Disease.

She was once a trapeze artist.

She used to have a crush on Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

She hates yogurt.

She loved the show 'Party of Five'.

There is a Disney movie made about her great, great, great, grandfather! (called 'The Fighting Prince of Donegal')

She's a very good dancer.

She's had her teeth capped.

She takes after her dad and loves to cook.

She loves the Hostess snack, 'Zinger' but she can only have the plain ones since she's allergic to chocolate and coconut.

Her favourite soda is Coke.

She was in the music video for 'Real Love' by Slaughter.

Featured as November on the 2001 FHM calendar.

Shannen was on season 4 of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch. (clay-animated comedy series, all voices are made up)

Shannen made $75,000 Per Episode on Charmed.

Shannen owns 5% of Charmed.

Shannen's favourite Charmed episodes are 'Which Prue Is It Anyway?' and 'Ms. Hellfire'.

On the Charmed episode "She's A Man, Baby, A Man!" where she dressed up as a man, she was actually making fun of an ex-boyfriend!

When Steven Brown (Transportation in the movie/TV industries) hung out with Shannen at Pancho's after working on Charmed he got up and sang the Kenny Rogers song "Lady" to her, and noticed she got a little teary-eyed. She had no idea that he could sing.

It took her 2 years too persuade her parents to allow her to act.

The blue and white scarf that she wears was made for her by her mother and she's worn it ever since. She has had it for decades and it is her favourite piece of clothing.

She ranked #86 (2001) in FHM-USA's 100 Sexiest Women.

She ranked #15 in Celebrity Sleuth 25 Sexiest Women of 1995.

She ranked #31 (1999) in Maxim's 50 Sexiest Women.

She likes to start her mornings with a coffee and newspaper.

Her mother is one of her best friends.

Shannen is germophobic.

Her favourite make up is by Chanel and mostly uses the eye make up in grays and browns. She likes it either very natural or smokey. She doesn't like to use blush.

She also loves Chanel bags and has a black medium-sized one that she takes everywhere!

Shannen's brother, Sean, has seven children!

She was number 10 on E! Network's list of "50 Most Wicked Women of Prime Time" in 2004.

She buys most of her furniture from Harrod’s, which is a very posh shop in London, England.

She got a seven figure sum for posing in the December 2003 edition of Playboy.

Shannen is a previous 'Key To City Of Winnipeg' recipient during Katz's time in office. (Where she filmed the following: 2001; Another Day, which co-starred Julian McMahon, 2002; alongside Shirley MacLaine and Parker Posey in Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay, and 2005; with Randy Quaid and Robert Wagner in Category 7: The End of the World.)

On December 1st 2005, Shannen celebrated her 25th year of Showbiz!

Shannen and her dad are huge fans of the top-rated American football team, University of Southern California Trojans.

Brenda Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210 played by Shannen Doherty, was voted #10 out of the 13 most memorably unpopular characters from hit TV-shows!

Shannen did not get along with her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jennie Garth when they were both teenagers, but since they both worked on the re-make of the hit show, 90210 they are now close friends!

Shannen and best friend, Holly Marie Combs accidentally went to a nightclub in New York during lesbian night and quickly left after realizing. The tabloids made a huge deal out of it so to make fun of the situation they labeled their chairs on the set of 'Charmed' as "Lesbian Lovers"!

She has been offered a place on the reality show 'Dancing with the stars' every season and always turned it down until season ten, when she did it for her father who is a huge fan of the show.

Her favourite breed of dog is a German shepherd.

She spent 40,000 trying to save her German shepherd dog, Roamy who had dialysis. He sadly passed away on April 22nd, 2009. Roamy was a stray she found roaming near her home and she admits the pet was "attached" to her "at all times".

She is superstitious and likes to sit on the left side of a plane.

Shannen has a passion for flying! In her free time she is taking flying lessons because Kurt is a Pilot. One time the plane actually had a lot of turbulence and Kurt started to panic which scared Shannen so much that she wanted to know how to control a plane if anything happened to Kurt while up in the air! She now loves flying planes and is training to get her pilot's license!!

Shannen supports the following charities: Artists Against Abuse, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Diabetes Association and Glad - One Warm Coat.

One of her favourite restaurants is 'Robert et Louise' in Paris, France. Another is 'Taverna Tony' in Malibu, California.

She found 'The Cove' movie life changing.

She got engaged to her now husband, Kurt Iswarienko in April 2010 and married him on October 15th, 2011.

She is a spokeswoman for 'Education Connection' (a service that helps students further their education online) and is studying for her bachelor’s degree in Libral Arts through Ashford University.

Wildflower Linen, who designed Shannen and Kurt's wedding is the same company that designed the visual beauty of Bella and Edward’s exchange of vows in 'Twlight: 'Breaking Dawn Part 1'. Launched in 2001, former fashion designer Youngsong Martin’s special events decor has adorned red carpet extravaganzas, presidential mansions, and a charity polo match luncheon attended by Prince William and his bride, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Her style icons are Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett, Gwen Stefani and Sarah Jessica Parker.

She directed the music video, 'Naked In Venice' by Radical Something.

Shannen was the editor in cheif for the monthly California magazine, 'Pasadena'. She worked there for six months (2008/2009) choosing cover designs and photospreads for the publication.