Shannen Doherty
(Prue Halliwell )

Born Shannen Maria Doherty in Memphis, Tenn., Doherty moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of seven. By age 11, after several guest star spots, she got her television break with a three-season role on her favorite series at the time -- Little House on the Prairie. Doherty's entree to the big screen came with a part in Night Shift (1982), though she continued to keep busy in television throughout the '80s, finishing off the decade with the biting teen feature Heathers (1989).

But everything changed for Doherty in the '90s as the new decade found her on the phenomenally popular series Beverly Hills 90210 in the role of Brenda Walsh. She left the show after five seasons, with personal tensions on and off the set unfortunately garnering media attention. More than a dozen telefilms, including Blindfold: Acts of Obsession, Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story and Gone in the Night, as well as the feature Mallrats followed before Doherty returned to series work in Charmed as Prue Halliwell, the oldest of the powers of three, from 1998 through 2001. Recently, Doherty appeared in the Canadian production The Rendering and co-stars with Shirley MacLaine and Parker Posey in the telefilm The Battle of Mary Kay (2003).