Shannen Doherty is an American actress best known for her television roles as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-1994) and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed (1998-2001).
She also played the role of Jenny Wilder in the TV series Little House On The Prairie from 1982 until the end of the show in 1984, during which time the show was known by a different title, Little House: A New Beginning (the show changed the title after Michael Landon left the series in 1982).
She was then cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris, on the family drama Our House, which ran from 1986 to 1988. She later went on to appear in episodes of Magnum, P.I. and Airwolf.
Doherty's first major motion picture role was in Heathers, released in 1989.
She went on to star in the Aaron Spelling-produced TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 for four years, from 1990 to 1994. Her departure from the series was reportedly acrimonious, however, and her career afterward was marked for the most part by made-for-TV movies.
According to producer Aaron Spelling she was removed from the show because of constant conflicts with other cast members and repeatedly late appearances on the set.
There were a few bright spots, however, particularly a lead role in Kevin Smith's 1995 film Mallrats.
In 1998, Spelling cast her in another series, Charmed, in which she played Prue Halliwell, the oldest sister of a coven of witches. She left that series in 2001, after three years. Rumours persist that her departure was against her will, due to a feud with co-star 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.
In 2005, she was cast in the sitcom Love, Inc. but was dropped from the show just months before its premiere.
Doherty is now starring in her own show, Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty on the Oxygen network.
In late July 2006, rumours began circulating that Doherty had plastic surgery. In August, tabloid Star Magazine published the first pictures in August 2006.
Gossip columnists reported that Doherty was so upset over the front page coverage that she cancelled a shoot for her reality TV series. She made an appearance on The View on July 31, 2006 to counter that she had not had plastic surgery.
She recently starred in the popular British sitcom Bo In The USA a program of brain child Leigh Francis. In the show she plays the role of herself being randomly harassed by Avid Merrion (Francis) who claims they had several intimate relations, she however is unaware of any of these.
The show aired in October 2006 on the British Channel 4. She appeared in several episodes.
Doherty's private life has also been turbulent, with a six month marriage to Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton. She was also married to Rick Salomon (most famous for starring in the Paris Hilton sex tape). That marriage was later annulled.
Doherty posed for a nine-page pictorial in the December 2003 issue of Playboy magazine.