Early life[ edit ] Doherty was born in Memphis , Tennessee , the daughter of Rosa, a beauty parlor owner, and Tom Doherty, a mortgage consultant. Doherty stayed in the series until the show's cancellation in Doherty was cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris, on the family drama Our House , which ran from to , a role which garnered her several Young Artist Award nominations.
Guest in a Series at the 6th Youth in Film Awards in She garnered worldwide attention and fame for her breakout role as Brenda Walsh in the Aaron Spelling -produced TV series Beverly Hills, in Her character was written off the show as moving to London to attend school at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts.
Doherty appeared nude in Playboy magazine, first in December , followed by a spread in March In , Spelling again cast her in another of his television series, Charmed , in which she played lead character Prue Halliwell , the oldest of three sisters who are witches. Doherty also directed a few episodes for the series during the second and third seasons.
Doherty left the show in 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 Doherty and co-star Alyssa Milano. She starred as Alexandra Hudson from to Later in , she was in the pilot for a comedy, Love Inc.
Doherty then produced and starred in her own reality show, Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty , which premiered on the Oxygen channel in In the show, Doherty goes around doing "dirty work" for members of the public, including dumping boyfriends or telling people what their friends really think about them.
The show was canceled after one season owing to poor ratings. She also starred in the popular British sitcom Bo! The show aired in October on the British Channel 4 , and she appeared in several episodes.
During , Doherty appeared in two television projects. She first appeared in Kiss Me Deadly: That same year Doherty also set up a production company called No Apologies for which she planned to develop a TV drama for herself. In , Doherty was featured on the Swedish television show High Chaparall , appearing in the second episode of the show's fourth season. Her character, now a successful theater actress and stage director, returned as the guest director of the high school musical.
After her initial guest spot was completed, Doherty stated she was open to returning to the series later in the season  and eventually agreed to appear in three additional episodes, with her most recent appearance airing in May Doherty and Garth later confirmed that the reports about the love triangle between their characters were false.
The film premiered on the cable network on December 20, On March 1, , it was announced that Doherty would be a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season. The season premiered on Monday, March 22, The judges have said, "Doherty wouldn't have left if we would have just done scores". Doherty voiced both Mari and Kari in the eight-episode show.
The show, titled Shannen Says , premiered in April 10, In June the network chose to pull the show altogether without airing it. They filed for divorce in April In both instances Doherty departed the shows acrimoniously after a few seasons; on Charmed she was allegedly fired by producer Aaron Spelling after an ultimatum from Milano.
Her lateness was appalling, and she had a callous attitude and an indifference. Did I earn it? But, after awhile you sort of try to shed that rep because you're kind of a different person. Politics and activism[ edit ] Doherty is a registered Republican. According to Complex magazine, she said: I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican.