Early life[ edit ] Milano was born on December 19, ,  in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn ,   the daughter of fashion designer and talent manager Lin Milano and film-music editor Thomas M. Milano,  She and her brother, Cory,  who is seven years her junior,  are of Italian ancestry. Milano was one of four selected from more than 1, girls. During the course of her work in the play, Milano and her mother were on the road for 18 months.
After returning to New York, she appeared in television commercials  and did several roles in off-Broadway productions, including the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. When accompanying a friend from the Annie production to the office of a New York agent, Milano was introduced to the agent, who began representing her.
I consider myself to be normal: I've got to clean my room, and help in the kitchen. After winning the part, she and her family moved to Los Angeles, where the show was produced. It premiered on ABC on September 20, She became much like my daughter. She returned to the theater in , producing and starring in a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free from December 26, , to January 19, Milano's albums, which she described as " bubblegum pop ", scored platinum in the country, though she later showed her discontent in their musical quality.
Both projects allowed her to work alongside close personal friend Brian Bloom who worked with his brother Scott with her in episodes of Who's the Boss; this working camaraderie would later expand in when Milano made a cameo appearance in Bloom's film The Webbers.
She produced a teen workout video, Teen Steam, and achieved some fame outside the USA with her music career, which lasted until the early s. Even though she scored platinum in Japan, Milano had no interest to pursue a music career in the United States: I'd much rather have it released where it's appreciated than laughed at.
The film, which focuses on a group of young runaway and homeless teenagers,  was shot on and around Hollywood Boulevard. Looking back on eight years of playing the same role, Milano commented, "Creatively, it's been very frustrating.
I gave her more of a personality. I changed her wardrobe, cut her hair, anything to give her new life. She said the nude appearances taught her to begin requiring a nudity clause in her contracts giving her "full control" over all her nude scenes.
I did it because it was a woman director and I felt protected. And I learned a lot as far as knowing where the camera is and what coverage they need so that it's not all explicit.