Shannen Doherty is a well-known name in the entertainment industry in the United States, having worked as an actor, producer, director, and author. Her net worth is $5 million. She is best recognized for her performances as Heather Duke in the 1988 film Heathers, Brenda Walsh in the 1990–1994 television series Beverly Hills, 90210, and Prue Halliwell in the television series Charmed (1998–2001).
Shannen Doherty Early Life
On April 12, 1971, Shannen Maria Doherty made her debut into the world in Memphis, Tennessee. Rosa, her mother, owned a beauty shop, and Tom, her father, worked in the mortgage industry. She was named after Rosa. She came from a Southern Baptist family and upbringing. Her ancestry can be traced back to Ireland, England, and Scotland.
Shannen Doherty Early Career
As a child, Shannen Doherty began her career in the entertainment industry. During the year 1982, she appeared as a guest star on the television shows Voyagers! and Father Murphy, both of which were conceived and produced by Michael Landon.
In the same year, she was cast in the recurring role of Jenny Wilder on the television show Little House on the Prairie, which naturally starred Landon and was created by him. She made an appearance in all of the episodes of the final season of Little House on the Prairie, with the exception of four of them.
She provided her voice for the animated film The Secret of NIMH, which was released the same year, 1982. In the teen comedy film Girls Just Want to Have Fun, which she acted in opposite Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker in the same year, 1985, she played the role of Maggie Malone.
In the drama series Our House, which aired from 1986 to 1988, Doherty was chosen to play the role of Kris Witherspoon, the eldest sibling. Because of her performance in this role, she was considered for multiple nominations for the Young Artist Awards. Both in an episode of Magnum P.I. and in an early episode of Airwolf, for which she was nominated for the 1984 Youth in Film Award for Best Young Artist: Guest in a Series, she made an appearance on both of these shows.
Doherty played Heather Duke in the 1988 picture Heathers, which was her first significant screen role. She and the rest of the ensemble rose to recognition internationally for their roles in Beverly Hills 90210 in 1990.
With her brother Brandon Walsh, who was portrayed by Jason Priestly, she played Brenda Walsh, a newbie to Beverly Hills. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1991 and 1992 for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series for her portrayal of Brenda. At the end of the fourth season in 1994, she left Beverly Hills, 90210.
Shannen made several appearances in made-for-TV movies after leaving Beverly Hills, 90210. In the 1995 movie Mallrats directed by Kevin Smith, she played the lead.
In Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, she too made a brief appearance. Doherty was given a role in the 1998 film Charmed, which is about three sisters who also happen to be witches. She portrayed the oldest sister, Prue Halliwell. In the second and third seasons of the show, Doherty directed a few episodes.
At the conclusion of the third season of Charmed in 2001, she left. Her persona was eliminated. For her work in Charmed, Doherty was also nominated twice for a Saturn Award in the category of Best Genre TV Actress in 1999 and 2000.
Doherty was the host of the Sci-Fi Channel’s unscripted camera program Scare Tactics in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, she appeared on North Shore on a regular basis. Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, her own reality program debuted in 2006.
In the Oxygen network program, Doherty assisted viewers in breaking up with their lovers or revealing what their friends actually thought of them. Due to low ratings, the show was terminated after one season.
Doherty joins the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off 90210 in 2008, 14 years after she last played Brenda Walsh. She appears in seven episodes of the new show as a recurring guest star. Brenda Walsh, a well-known stage actress, and director visited her former high school to serve as the guest director of the spring musical.
Doherty would be a celebrity contender on the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars, it was revealed on March 1, 2010. For the season, which began on March 22, 2010, she teamed up with two-time champion Mark Ballas. During the second week of the season, Doherty and Ballas became the first pair to be eliminated.
Shannen Doherty Personal Life
Doherty dated Max Factor’s heir, Dean Jay Factor, for a short period of time beginning in early 1993. On May 25, 1993, he went to court to get a restraining order against her, claiming that Doherty had threatened him and used physical force. It was asserted by Shannen’s father that Factor was the one who was mistreating his daughter, not the other way around.
On October 11, 1993, she tied the knot with actor Ashley Hamilton, whose father is the late George Hamilton. In April of 1994, they initiated divorce proceedings.
Doherty tied the knot with Rick Salomon, who had previously been Pamela Anderson’s husband on two separate occasions, in the year 2002. After only nine months of marriage, it was declared null and void.
On October 15, 2011, Shannen tied the knot with photographer Kurt Iswarienko in the city of Malibu, California.
Doherty’s public image was largely determined by her reputation in the media for bad behavior, which began with her appearance on the television show Beverly Hills, 90210. This reputation dominated her public image for many years. She was dubbed the “iconic Hollywood bad girl of the 90s” by the publication People Magazine.
She had a reputation for engaging in heavy partying, being late to set, getting into physical fights, and having an intense feud with her co-star on Beverly Hills, 90210, Jennie Garth. While she was appearing on Charmed, her already-disreputable reputation only got worse.
It is speculated that rumors of a feud with her co-star Alyssa Milano had a role in her decision to leave the show. After allegedly receiving an ultimatum from Milano, Aaron Spelling allegedly made the decision to fire Doherty. Acrimony surrounded Doherty’s departure from both Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed.
Shannen Doherty Health
Doherty was diagnosed with lymph node-positive breast cancer in March of 2015. In February 2016, she revealed that she was undergoing anti-estrogen medication in order to decrease the tumor in order to avoid a mastectomy.
As it turned out, a single mastectomy had to be performed. Cancer cells were found to have moved outside the lymph nodes after surgery, so she had to undergo chemotherapy as well as radiation treatment. When Doherty’s cancer was declared remission on April 29, 2017, she made the announcement.
Shannen Doherty Property
Doherty spent $2.56 million to acquire a property in Malibu that was 3,410 square feet and built-in 2004. The house was constructed in 1976 and features ocean views, a pool, a jacuzzi, five bedrooms, and four and a half bathrooms. In May of 2008, she put the house on the market for a price of $4.4 million.