The actress started off as a child star and went on to became a household name
SHANNEN Doherty shot to fame in the 80s as a child star, and then went on to become a household name.
The star is now bravely battling breast cancer – we take a look back over her life and career so far
Who is Shannen Doherty? What was her early life?
Shannen Maria Doherty was born 12 April 1971 and is an American actress, producer, author, and television director.
She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.
She is well known for her roles in Beverley Hills 90210 and Charmed.
What was Shannen Doherty’s early career?
Shannen was a child star and in the early 80s she had guest spots on TV series including Voyagers! and Father Murphy.
At the age of 11 she joined the cast of Little House on the Prairie, playing Jenny Wilder.
She stayed in the series until the show’s cancellation in 1983.
In 1985, Shannen played Maggie Malene in the teen movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.
When did Shannen Doherty get her big break?
In 1989 Shannen won her first major movie role in cult classic Heathers, alongside Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
In 1990 she then went on to get worldwide attention and fame for her role as Brenda Walsh in the Aaron Spelling-produced TV series Beverly Hills 90210.
Shannen left the show after the fourth season in 1994.
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What did Shannen Doherty do after she left Beverly Hills 90210?
After leaving the show Shannen appeared nude in Playboy magazine twice.
After this Shannen’s career consisted mainly of made-for-TV movies, though she also had a lead role in Kevin Smith’s 1995 film Mallrats and later cameoed in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
In 1998, Aaron Spelling cast Shannen in another of his television series, Charmed.
She played lead character Prue Halliwell, the oldest of three sisters who are witches.
Shannen left the show in 2001 at the end of the third season, resulting in her character’s death.
Reportedly, the reason for her departure was because of on-set and off-set tensions between Shannen and co-star Alyssa Milano.
After this Shannen went onto make numerous guest appearances on several TV shows.
Shannen also reprised her role as Brenda Walsh in the re-boot of 90210 in 2008.
She was reportedly paid $40,000–50,000 an episode.
Shannen also appeared in Season 10 of Dancing With The Stars, but was the first to be eliminated.
Is Shannen Doherty married?
On 11 October 1993, Shannen married Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, but they were they divorced by April 1994.
In 2002, Doherty married Rick Salomon, but the marriage was annulled after nine months.
On 15 October 2011, Doherty married Kurt Iswarienko, a photographer, in Malibu, California.
When was Shannen Doherty diagnosed with breast cancer?
Shannen was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, which spread to her lymphatic system in 2016.
On 1 August, 2016, she told Entertainment Tonight she had a mastectomy in May 2017.
She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In 1999 Shannen announced that she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease