Shannen Doherty Biography, Age, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth, Marriage

Who is Shannen Doherty?

Shannen Maria Doherty is an American actress recognized for numerous roles in films such as Jenny Wilder in Little House on Prairie (1982-1983). Her other roles are Maggie Malene in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), Kris Witherspoon in Our House (1986-1988), Heather Duke in Heathers (1989). As well as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-94), 90210 (2008-2009), and again in BH90210 (2019) and Prue Halliwell in Charmed (1998-2001).

Shannen Doherty

Shannen had guest performances on television series such as Voyagers! and Father Murphy in 1982. The TV series was created and produced by Michael Landon. Doherty, an 11-year-old received the recurring role of Jenny Wilder on Little House on the Prairie, which was starred and produced by Landon. She played in all except four episodes on the last season of the show, which was canceled in 1983. In 1982, Doherty gave her voice to the animated movie The Secret of NIMH.

She also appeared in an episode of Magnum, P.I. (”A Sense of Debt”), and then an early episode of Airwolf. For this she got nominated as Best Young Actress: Guest in a Series at the 6th Youth in Film Awards in 1984. Doherty starred together with actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt in the teen movie comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun as Maggie Malene. Later she was cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris, on the family drama Our House. The drama ran from 1986 to 1988, and her role garnered her various Young Artist Award nominations.

How old is Shannen Doherty?

Aged 50 as of 2021, Shannen Maria Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the U.S. on 21 April 1971. She shares her birthday with many famous people which include Elizabeth II, Mathew Valenzuela, Thomas Doherty, Meika Woollard, Andie MacDowell, Iggy Pop, Anthony Quinn, Robbie Amell , among others.

Shannen Doherty Family

Who are Shannen Doherty’s parents?

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Shannen Maria Doherty was the daughter of Rosa Elizabeth Doherty and John Thomas Doherty Jr. Her mother was a beauty parlor owner while her father was a mortgage consultant. She is of Irish ancestry on her father’s side and English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish on the side of her mother. Doherty grew up in her mother’s Southern Baptist faith.

Does Shannen Doherty have siblings?

Born to Rosa and Tom, Shannen was born as a daughter and the second born. She has one sibling and is the younger sister to Sean Doherty.

Shannen Doherty Education

Doherty attended Heritage Christian School- Middle $ High School. Later she joined Young Actors Space Drama school in Los Angeles, California.

Shannen Doherty Interests

Doherty has registered as a Republican. She is also an avid animal rights activist and supports the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. When taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, she challenged founder Paul Watson and global supporters of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. She owns four horses and three dogs.

Shannen Doherty Spouses

Initially, Doherty was shortly engaged to Max Factor heir Dean Jay Factor in early 1993. Later on May 25, 1993, he filed for a restraining order alleging physical violence and threats on the part of Doherty. Later Doherty married Ashley Hamilton, actor George Hamilton’s son, on October 11, 1993. However, they divorced in April 1994.

Shannen married Rick Salomon in 2002, although the marriage was ended after nine months. She then married photographer Kurt Iswarienko on October 15, 2011, in Malibu, California.

Shannen Doherty Children

Doherty is the godmother of Cooper Smith London, the daughter of actor Jason London and actress Charlie Spradling from 1996. However, she has no children of her own from her relationships and is unable to have any as her medical condition forced her body into menopause.

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Shannen Doherty Residence

Doherty lost her home to the Woolsey Fire in November 2018. Currently, she resides on a horse ranch in Ventura County, California.

Shannen Doherty Height

Despite being ailing, actress Doherty has a height of 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) and a weight of 57 kg (126 lbs).

Shannen Doherty Career


Shannen’s initial main motion picture role was in the dark comedy Heathers, launched in 1989. She acquired global attention and popularity for her breakthrough role as Brenda Walsh in the Aaron Spelling-produced TV collection Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990. Doherty’s performance of Brenda earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series in 1991 and 1992. In 1994, she left the show after the fourth season.

Later in December 1993 she first appeared nude in Playboy magazine, followed by a spread in March 1994. In December 2003 she again posed for the magazine and has been featured in a 10-page pictorial. Afterward, her career comprised mostly of made-for-TV movies. However, she got a lead role in Kelvin Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats and cameoed in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Spelling cast Doherty in another of his television series, Charmed, in which she played one of the lead characters, Prue Halliwell, is the eldest of three sisters who are all witches.

Doherty has also been the director of a few episodes for the series during the second and third seasons. She left the show in 2001 at the end of the third season, resulting in her character’s death. Doherty was nominated twice, in 1999 and 2000, for the Saturn Award, Best Genre Television Actress, for her performance in Charmed. E! listed Doherty at number 10 on their list of the 50 Most Wicked Women of Prime Time in 2004. AOL named Prue Halliwell the 10th greatest witch in television history in 2007.

2002- 2008

Doherty hosted the Sci-Fi Channel candid camera show Scare Tactics during its initial season in 2003. She starred as a regular on the short-lived television series North Shore, starring as Alexandra Hudson, after her return to her prime-time soap roots from 2005 to 2005. Doherty was in the pilot for a comedy, Love Inc, later in 2005. She starred and produced in her own reality show, Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, and it premiered on the Oxygen channel in 2006. In the show, Shannen carried out the ”dirty work” for members of the public, but it was canceled after one season due to poor ratings.

Doherty performed in two television projects in 2007. She initially appeared in Kiss Me Deadly: A Jacob Keane Assignment for the Here TV network. It was followed up by a starring role in the holiday movie Christmas Caper for ABC Family. She then set up a production company titled No Apologies with which she planned to create a TV drama for herself the same year. Doherty was rated at number 96 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 100 Greatest Television Icons later in 2007. She was featured on the Swedish television program High Chaparral, in 2008, appearing in the second episode of the show’s fourth season.

2008- 2009

In 2008, 14 years after her last TV appearance as Brenda Walsh, Shannen joined the cast of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-offs for The CW Television Network. She was cast for a reported $40,000-50,000 an episode. Doherty came back as a guest star in the new series and reprised her old role of Brenda in four of the initial six episodes.

Later in 2008, she was mentioned to co-star together with Dylan McDermott in the independent film Burning Palms. This was a satire based on Los Angeles stereotypes narrated through five intertwining storylines. She performed a lead role in the SciFi Channel adventure film The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon, which premiered on the cable network on December 20, 2008.

2010- 2013

It was revealed on March 1, 2010, that Doherty would be a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season. On Monday, March 22, 2010, the season premiered and she was paired with Mark Ballas, a two-time champion in his sixth season on the show. However, they were the second couple to be eliminated in the second week on March 30. She desired to do Dancing with the Stars to Make her sick father proud and she returned for the finale.

Shannen Doherty

Doherty played in FEARnet’s animated web series Mari-Kari, which was released on June 3, 2010. Mari and Kari are identical twins, although Kari is long dead and is a ghost, Doherty voiced both Mari and Kari in the show of eight episodes. WE tv revealed that Shannen would star in a one-hour reality show on July 21, 2011. The show was to follow her and her fiancé, Kurt Iswarienko, as they planned their wedding and it premiered on April 10, 2012, titled Shannen Says. She became the spokesperson for Education Connection in late 2012, and performed her character, Brenda Walsh, from Beverly Hills, 90210, in an episode of The New Normal.

2014 -2015

It was later on July 24, 2014, announced that Doherty and her former Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs would star in their own road-trip reality shoe titled Off the Map with Shannen & Holly. The show premiered on January 2, 2015, on Great American Country. The series of six episodes was about the pair traveling across the southeastern United States, stopping in Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. The viewers voted on the activities Doherty and Combs did at every destination on Great American Country’s official website.

2016- present

Shannen joined the production of a Heathers TV collection in November 2016 which was initially set to premiere on Paramount Network in March 2018. She portrayed the mother of one of the new generation of ”Heathers”, different from the character of Heather Duke originally in the 1989 movie. The show’s premiere was affected by the Parkland school shooting as it was delayed due to its dark tone and themes of high school violence. The network decided to pull the show altogether in June 2018and the series eventually aired over five nights in October 2018. She again reprised her position as Brenda Walsh in the six-episode sequel BH9020, which debuted on FOX on August 7, 2019.


Doherty was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1999. She was later, in March 2015, diagnosed with breast cancer, spreading to her lymph nodes. She started receiving anti-estrogen treatment to try and shrink the tumor and enhance treatment by lumpectomy instead of mastectomy. However, the tumors were many and a single mastectomy was performed in May 2016. She underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy after surgery as it was realized that some of the cancer cells had spread beyond the lymph nodes. Later on April 29, 2017, she said that her cancer was in remission.

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Doherty revealed on February 4, 2020, that her cancer has returned the previous year and it was now at stage four. She received the support of her close friend Anne Marie Kortright, who stood by her during her battle with cancer. During an interview with Juju Chang of ABC News on October 2021, she provided an update on her treatment.

Shannen Doherty Net Worth

The American actress has been active from 1981 up to date and has garnered a lot of wealth in her career. She has an accumulated net worth of $6 million as of 2021.


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