Alyssa Milano Biography
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||Birth name : Alyssa Jayne Milano|
|Date of birth : 19 December 1972|
|Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Nickname: Lyssa, Conan|
|Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)|
|Spouse: Cinjun August Tate, (1 January 1999 - 20 November 1999) (divorced)|
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Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the Boss?, Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed or via her new female apparel clothing line Touch. Recently, she has appeared in a recurring role on My Name is Earl as Billie Cunningham.
While many TV series kids tend to be forgotten, their show biz careers over when they reach adulthood, Alyssa Milano was determined to make the leap. Known for her eight years as Samantha Micelli, tomboy-then-young-beauty daughter of Tony Danza on "Who's the Boss?" (ABC, 1984-92), she had been acting since she was seven and went on tour as one of the orphans in the musical "Annie." After additional stage roles and one small feature part (Marisa Silver's "Old Enough," 1984) Milano won the part on the sitcom. She worked in TV-movies during her hiatus (the syndicated "The Canterville Ghost," 1986; NBC's "Crash Course" and "Dance Till Dawn," both 1988), and won notice for her turn as Arnold Schwarzenegger's daughter in the feature "Commando" (1985). Milano also released an exercise video for teens and three music albums in Japan.
Milano was born in New York City, the daughter of Italian-American and Iraqi-American parents Lin, a former fashion designer and talent manager, and Thomas M. Milano, a film music editor and a well-known boating enthusiast. She has a younger brother, Cory (born in 1982), who is also an actor, but has more recently started a band, called Chloroform Days, in which he is the lead singer. Milano was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Staten Island, New York and was raised Catholic.
She began her career at the age of eight when she won a part in an open audition for a national tour of Annie. She appeared in television commercials and off-Broadway productions. At the age of eleven, she earned her first major role in the TV show Who's the Boss?, alongside Tony Danza, Judith Light, Danny Pintauro and Katherine Helmond. She starred as Samantha Micelli, the daughter of Danza's character, Tony Micelli. When Milano won the role, her family relocated from Staten Island to Hollywood. She produced a teen workout video in 1988 called Teen Steam. In 1985, Milano was in the film Commando as Jenny Matrix who was John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger)'s daughter. A few years later this film was shown in Japan prompting a producer to offer Alyssa a five album record deal.
After the retirement of "Who's the Boss?," however, Milano could barely get an interview for an acting job. Short, but a pistol of energy and with a penchant for changing her hairstyle frequently, she played leads in forgettable efforts such as "Where the Day Takes You" and "Little Sister" (both 1992) and "Double Dragon" (1993), in which she was a teen vigilante leader with a severe platinum haircut. Then, in 1993, she was chosen to play Amy Fisher, the sexpot teen in the CBS TV-movie "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story." Milano's was the naughtiest, meanest Amy in that year's triple-header Fisher-fest. Playing a very visibly sexually-charged role on network TV shattered the Sam Micelli image. Milano followed by posing nude for a magazine spread, partly covered with mud.
From then on, the offers increased, although the quality of the scripts varied. She had roles in several TV-movies: the title role in "The Surrogate" (ABC, 1995), supported Ma Barker's gang in "Public Enemy No. 1" (HBO, 1996), was marooned up north in "To Brave Alaska" (ABC, 1996) and was menaced in "Deadly Sins" (HBO, 1996). In 1997, she took a leaf from Heather Locklear's book and joined the cast of the popular primetime soap "Melrose Place" (Fox), as Jennifer, the scheming sister of Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro).
At the beginning of her career, Milano was known mainly for her role on Who's the Boss? (1984-1992). She tried to shed her "nice girl" image by appearing in several films targeted at adults, such as Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1992), Embrace of the Vampire (1994), Confessions of a Sorority Girl (1994), Deadly Sins (1995), and Poison Ivy II: Lily (1995), where she starred opposite Johnathon Schaech and Xander Berkley. She gained more mainstream success in TV as Jennifer Mancini on Melrose Place (1997-1998), Meg Winston in Spin City and most notably as Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed (1998-2006). Both Milano and Holly Marie Combs became producers for Charmed during the show's fifth season. Alyssa has Maintained a strong friendship with Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs. In 2007, Milano filmed a pilot for ABC entitled Reinventing the Wheelers. The series was not picked up for the 2007-2008 season. She also played the role of Eva Savelot in the MCI's 1-800-COLLECT commercials.
Milano appeared in three 1995 direct-to-video releases, "Embrace of the Vampire," "Glory Daze" and "Poison Ivy II: Lily". She finally earned decent notices for her turn as yet another sexy teen, the best friend of Reese Witherspoon, in the well-received thriller "Fear" (1996). She landed the title role in Robert Downey Sr.'s "Hugo Pool" (1997), an uneven comedy about a pool cleaner who embarks on a road trip that leads to a series of encounters with a film director (Robert Downey Jr), a local politician who moonlights as a gangster (Richard Lewis) and a young man suffering with Lou Gehrig's disease (Patrick Dempsey).
Milano's adult success was firmly cementred when she signed on to another Aaron Spelling venture, the WB series "Charmed" (1998- ), playing Phoebe Halliwell, one of a trio of twentysomething sisters that discover their family tradition of witchcraft. While relationships were harmonious on-screen, things were not so convivial behind the scenes and original star and notorious Hollywood bad girl Shannen Doherty soon departed the series after reports of clashes with Milano and the production team. Often toiling in low-level indie features, Milano's next big on-screen appearance was as a sexy hitchhiker in the David Spade comedy "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003).
On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by American playwright John O'Keefe, and the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. She returned to the theater in 1991, when she starred in and produced a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free. Milano also appeared in the Josie music video by Blink-182, and in 2007, Milano began appearing on television again in commercials for Veet and SheerCover.
Milano was part of TBS' special coverage installment Hot Corner for the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs. She reported at Fenway Park during the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. She also reported at Chase Field during the NLCS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Starting in November 2007 Milano will appear in a minimum of eight episodes on the show My Name is Earl as a "possible love interest for Jason Lee". This will reunite her with Jaime Pressly who guest starred in the Season 5 premiere of Charmed, A Witch's Tail.
Outside of acting, her hobbies include photography, humanitarian work and spending time with her three dogs and eight horses. Milano suffers from dyslexia. In an interview in 2004, Milano explained how she deals with the disorder: "I've stumbled over words while reading from TelePrompters. Sir John Gielgud, whom I worked with on The Canterville Ghost years ago, gave me great advice. When I asked how he memorized his monologues, he said, 'I write them down.' I use that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with the words, it makes them my own."
Milano is an avid fan of tattoos, and has eight of them located in various areas of her body, including both wrists, both ankles, shoulder, neck, hip and lower back. Milano is also an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2007 she created her own signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female baseball fans, currently available on Major League Baseball's website, along with her own baseball blog. She also has an avid interest in the Los Angeles Kings, a National Hockey League team and is involved with a related clothing line. Milano is also a strong Vegetarian and appears in numerous PETA advertising campaigns for Vegetarianism.
Milano was recently appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to which she donated $250,000 of her own money. The Global Network is an alliance formed to advocate and mobilize resources in the fight to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Milano will work to raise awareness of NTDs by educating the mainstream media and general public of the plight faced by the one billion people who are afflicted by NTDs, and the importance in controlling and preventing this global health crisis.
Milano is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. She traveled to India, as well as Angola, to work with UNICEF field officers there. In the fall of 2004, she launched UNICEF's "Trick or Treat" campaign as an official spokesperson. She raised approximately $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling her own photo work and a school's photo work. Milano is also a strong supporter of PETA and appeared in an advert for them wearing only fruit and vegetables, advocating Vegetarianism.
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