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Name: Shannen Doherty  
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Date of Birth: 12th April 1971
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Profession: Actress
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Shannen Doherty as Prudence Halliwell
Shannen Doherty on the March 1994 cover of Playboy magazine.
Shannen Doherty on the December 2003 cover of Playboy magazine.

Shannen Maria Doherty (born April 12, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American television actress, best known for her work as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills 90210.

She first came to notice when she was cast as Jenny Wilder in Little House on the Prairie, which she followed up with roles in films such as Heathers. She was then cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris, on the family drama Our House, which ran from 1986 to 1988.

She starred on the Aaron Spelling-produced Beverly Hills 90210 for four years, from 1990 to 1994. Although her departure from the series was reportedly acrimonious, it didn't stop Spelling from casting her in another series, Charmed. She left that series in 2001, after three years, claiming that her best work was being wasted on a show "for 12-year olds" (though rumors persist that her departure was against her will, due to a feud with costar Alyssa Milano). She hosted Scare Tactics on the Sci Fi channel until the 2004 season. She was a former regular on the failed TV series North Shore, a return to her prime-time soap roots.

Her private life has also been turbulent, with a six month marriage to Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton.

Doherty posed for a nine page pictorial in the December 2003 issue of Playboy magazine. She had previously appeared in the March 1994 issue.

In 2005, she was cast in the new TV comedy Love Inc. but was dropped from the show just months before the debut in fall.

In October, 2005, the entertainment media reported that Doherty is dating USC quarterback and 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart. Leinart was 7 years old when Doherty began her role on Beverly Hills 90210.


  • Her brief marriage to Ashley Hamilton is referenced in Mallrats. Co-star Ben Affleck plays a character named Shannon Hamilton.
  • She is a Southern Baptist and a Republican.
  • Her face is notably asymmetric, which is noteworthy in that symetry is considered to be a scientific measure of beauty.

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