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Alyssa Milano started her career as a child star, appearing on TV's Who's the Boss? and onstage in Annie. She returned as an adult to the drama Charmed.
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She attributes much of her ability to stay grounded to her family life; growing up, she ate dinner with her family every night.
Her family background also inspired another outlet for her talents, as a fashion designer. An integral part of Milano's childhood was watching baseball with her father and brother. She carried her love of sports into adulthood,
eventually noticing that teams didn't offer much in the way of clothing that was appealing to and tailored for women. Milano pitched her idea for a fashion- and female-friendly line of licensed sports fan clothing to the MLB and ended up with her own Touch by Alyssa Milano line, which has since expanded into other sports. In 2010, Milano published a book about her passion for baseball, Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic.
The course of Milano's career was also changed by the three months she spent in South Africa in the early 2000s. Deeply moved by the poverty she saw there, she soon took up an offer to become a UNICEF national ambassador, visiting Angola first in 2004. She has actively continued her participation with UNICEF and with other international charities, using her birthdays to encourage fans to donate to and participate in charitable activities.
More than most Hollywood stars, Milano has recently embraced the new technologies of social media. She is an avid Twitter user, known for being approachable to fans and for responding directly to her followers: "In the three-dimensional world, if someone pays you a compliment, any polite person shows gratitude and at least say, 'thank you.' Why would it be different in the cyber world?" Milano uses the platform both to share her own personal interests and to engage followers with her international charitable work.
In 1993, Alyssa Milano became engaged to actor Scott Wolf, but they broke off their engagement the following year. She did marry Cinjun Tate, the lead singer of rock band Remy Zero, in 1999. Their relationship ended in divorce in early 2000. In 2009, Milano married longtime friend David Bugliari; in 2011, she became pregnant with their first child, a boy. She and Bugliari live outside of Los Angeles.
Alyssa Milano has met with success in many fields, but she ranks her philanthropic work as closest to her heart. "I think I'm most proud to be an ambassador for UNICEF. That's probably the work I'm most proud of. It's very humbling and wonderful."
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