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Shannen Doherty is best known for her roles as Heather Duke in the film Heathers and on TV as Brenda in Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Prue in Charmed.
Shannen Doherty talks about the difficulties that her 901210 fame caused her.
Shannen Doherty searches for a new home for her and her husband.
Shannen Doherty talks about the loss of her father.
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Financially, however, she was hurting. Doherty's former accountant embezzled much of the actress' earnings, leading to a dry spell in her career. While trying to figure out what to do next, she moved briefly to San Francisco and then New York. "It was a really hard time in my life," Doherty said. "It really taught me a lot." During this time she returned to television, appearing in popular shows such as 21 Jump Street and Life Goes On.
In 1990, at the age of 19, Doherty landed her breakout television role when she was cast as Brenda Walsh in Aaron Spelling's new TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210. The show was a smash hit, winning a People's Choice Award as well as Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Audiences loved to hate Doherty's character, and her portrayal of the devious high school student earned her national fame and another Young Artist Award nomination. Although Doherty was at the height of her popularity, conflicts on the set caused the young actress to leave the show in 1994, after only four seasons.
A year later, however, Doherty was back in the spotlight with a new project, the Kevin Smith-directed film, Mallrats (1995). The film, which took a playful look at mall culture in America, opened to mixed reviews but quickly developed a cult following. Doherty's appearance didn't get the actress the roles she was hoping for, however, and she again returned to television performances.
Three years later she was picked to play Prue Halliwell, a teenaged sorceress, in the WB network's sci-fi drama, Charmed (1998). The show, which also featured co-stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, earned Doherty Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Award nominations in 1999 and 2000. Doherty left the show in 2001.
In 2004, Doherty starred as a regular on TV drama, North Shore. The next year, Doherty was cast in the comedy series, Love Inc. Although she filmed the original pilot, she was dropped from the show before the premiere. In 2006, Doherty began work on the other side of the camera as the producer for her Oxygen network reality show, Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty. In the show, Doherty helps everyday people dump boyfriends, end friendships, and do their general dirty work. The show was canceled after one season.
In 2008, Doherty agreed to reappear in a remake of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff, 90210, for the CW Television Network. She returned as a guest star for six episodes. Projects for 2009 include the TV movies Resistance and Burning Palms (2009).
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