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Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Milano got her start with the national touring company of Annie. At 10, she was cast as Samantha Micelli in the long-running comedy Who's the Boss? starring opposite Tony Danza for eight years. The show ended in 1992, and she continued to hone her talents on both the big and small screens. Milano's next starring role was on the hit drama Melrose Place for two seasons. Milano starred in the title role in the feature comedy Hugo Pool. Directed by Robert Downey, Sr. and co-starring Sean Penn, Malcolm McDowell and Richard Lewis, the film chronicled a day in the life of a Bel-Air pool cleaner (Milano). Her additional feature credits include the psychological thriller Fear with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg, Double Dragon, Where the Day Takes You and Commando. Milano was most recently seen in the feature film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, with David Spade. She has starred in a wide range of television movies including Braving Alaska, The Surrogate, Conflict of Interest, Candles in the Dark and in Gold Rush, an original television movie on The Wonderful World of Disney. She also guest-starred in an episode of Showtime's Rebel Highway. On stage, Alyssa starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long, and the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. She returned to her theater roots in 1991 when she starred in and produced a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free.
Milano has taken groundbreaking action to protect her rights and the rights of celebrities on the World Wide Web. She has won several copyright infringement suits, and has dedicated the settlement money to the launch of a new search index on the web, Safesearching.com, a global community bringing a safe way to get the best entertainment information on the Internet. Milano recently became a National Ambassador for UNICEF. She traveled to Angola this summer to work with UNICEF field officers there. She has also been named as the spokesperson for "Trick or Treat for UNICEF."
Milano resides in Los Angeles, California, and spends her free time writing, attending dance classes and traveling.
In Her Words:
"I always said that if I don't find the right person by the time I'm ready to have children, then there [are a lot of kids] that I can adopt."
Charmed’s sweetest witch Alyssa Milano still has a few tricks up her sleeve
Alyssa Milano wants to get something off her chest. It seems that the last two times the Brooklyn-born bombshell has appeared in FHM, she’s claimed that while tending her garden, she routinely doffs her top. Well, today, curled up on a sofa in her San Fernando Valley, CA, home, the 31-year-old blue-jeaned babe is coming clean. “I’ve never gardened topless in my life,” she confesses while batting the brown eyes that became famous when she played Tony Danza’s 12-year-old tomboy TV daughter on Who’s the Boss?. She would later morph through a bootylicious stint as 1-800-COLLECT’s Eva Savealot en route to becoming the belly-button-baring good witch Phoebe on The WB’s Charmed. “Let me let you in on a secret,” Alyssa says, smiling. “My career took a turn toward being a sex symbol—which is beautiful, and I’m flattered—but the concept of it is so foreign that sometimes I make stuff up.”
One thing Alyssa hasn’t had to manufacture is the God-given appeal that’s attracted high-profile boyfriends. There was ex-fiance Scott Wolf, alt-rock band Remy Zero’s Cinjun Tate—who wed her only to see the marriage dissolve 11 months later in 1999—Charmed’s Brian Krause and Eric Dane, Justin Timberlake, and Florida Marlins pitcher Carl Pavano. But sweet Alyssa still hasn’t found “the one.” And she’s cool with that—though tabloids have dubbed her “serial dater,” she’s focusing on such loftier things as visiting troops in Baghdad and working with women and kids in Africa as a UNICEF ambassador.
Still, the tabloids puzzle her. “When I think about my girlfriends, I’m like, ‘Well, so-and-so has been through five guys in six years!’ she says. But magazines want me to be ‘unhappy in love.’ It’s crazy. I think we’re all just looking for true love—and some fun at the same time.”
Does looking for love ever include no-strings-attached sex?
Not since my late 20s. I’m not a prude, but since my divorce, it’s been important to have a connection with someone before I sleep with him. That’s not only because that’s where I’m at in my life, but also because the sex is better that way.
But don’t you get kind of horny in between “connections”?
No, because I take myself out on “dates,” which is what I call masturbation. [laughs] So I’ll do the whole dinner thing for myself, draw myself a bath and. . . .
See, I’m innately happy, so my life isn’t altered if there’s a man in it or not—and it’s better to be in a situation because you want to be than because you need to be. I’m also the way I am because, well . . . I’ve been duped! There have been a couple of relationships in the last few years where, once it was over, I was, like, “Wait—this is so not who I thought this person was!” So I’m at that point where I need to feel a spiritual and mental connection with someone to really allow myself to open up in a way that’s powerful.
How many dates does that take?
It’s not even dates. Dates horrify me. Two weeks ago, I had a lunch date with this guy I was fixed up with and I was a nervous wreck. And when I’m a nervous wreck, I don’t shut up. I was like, “Regroup!” So I went to the ladies room and was literally talking to myself: “You’re such a dork! Shut up!” I’m much more of the just-hang-out-and-be-friends-with-someone type. I’ll shave my legs when I go out on a date, which is false advertising because that doesn’t necessarily happen. [pulls up jeans to reveal stubble] It takes a secure woman to walk around with stubbly legs, but I think the key to a strong relationship is accepting each other for all your quirks and weird fetishes.
What about men’s “quirks” with monogamy?
Monogamy is important because my ideal relationship is my parents, who’ve been married 37 years. But if a man has decided to cheat on me and he can keep it from me—and live with himself—then I’m fine maintaining the relationship. But if he’s going to be an idiot and I find out about it, I’m against it!
Five Things You Must Know About Alyssa Milano
Walt Disney Pictures based the look of the character Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" on Alyssa Milano.
In 1988, she made her own exercise video called "Teen Steam."
Milano portrayed Amy Fisher in a movie about the "Long Island Lolita" who shot her lover's wife.
She plays the sassy Eva Savalot character in the 1-800-COLLECT commercials.
Milano will appear in the upcoming film "Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star," opposite David Spade.
Alyssa Milano Is A Child-Star Survivor
Many kid celebs disappear into obscurity, but this star has grown as an actress — and as a humanitarian.
Alyssa Milano was born on December 19, 1972, in Brooklyn. She was bitten by the acting bug at the early age of seven, after seeing a Broadway production of "Annie." When she accompanied a family friend to an audition for the touring company of "Annie" shortly thereafter, she landed the role instead of her friend. Other plays soon followed, as did her first film role in the 1984 movie "Old Enough."
That same year, 12-year-old Milano auditioned to play actor Tony Danza's daughter, tomboy Samantha "Sam" Micelli, on a new sitcom called "Who's the Boss?" Audiences immediately took to the show and to Milano; before long, her work on TV and in film became popular overseas. She tried her hand at music, landing a five-album deal in Japan, where her 1989 debut record reached platinum.
In 1992, "Who's the Boss?" went off the air, and Milano faced the daunting task of transitioning from child star to adult actress. At first she found it difficult to get good roles, but her career got a boost in 1997, when Aaron Spelling cast her as a troublemaking vixen on his nighttime soap "Melrose Place." Becoming a sex symbol came with an unexpected price: Illegal and often doctored nude photos of the actress began popping up all over the Internet. In a 1998 lawsuit, Milano and her mother won a quarter of a million dollars from a number of porn sites. The pair used the money to set up a Web site, called Safe Searching, to help protect celebrities' images online. Meanwhile, Milano was cast in another Aaron Spelling endeavor: "Charmed," a show about three witch siblings. This move officially put the actress back on top.
But in her personal life, all was not charmed. Her 1999 marriage to Cinjun Tate, the singer of the band Remy Zero, was short-lived. But some soul-searching after the breakup helped Milano discover another passion — photography. While she was shooting a movie in South Africa, she began volunteering at local hospitals on her days off, which inspired her to chronicle the experience in a series of photographs. Soon after, her pictures were exhibited by the United Nations, which also honored the actress for her humanitarian efforts.
Milano continues to use photography to express herself and share the world with others. In 2003, she brought her camera on a visit to Baghdad, where she and other entertainers performed to boost the morale of U.S. troops. The actress, whose talent and persistence have kept her in the acting industry for nearly her entire life, says that she hopes to continue inspiring others across the globe.
Alyssa Milano's show ''Charmed'' will continue through next year
It is doubtful any of the core trio on the long-running WB show Charmed (Sundays, WNAB, Ch. 58, 7 p.m.) will ever be nominated for Emmy awards. Many of the show's plots revolving around the adventures of three "good" witches are absurd even by fantasy standards, and occasionally they seem more like slapstick or a spoof than something that could grab an audience. Yet the program has done so well that the WB recently announced a renewal running through next year, taking the show into a seventh season. In addition, daytime and nighttime Charmed reruns pop up on TNT almost as often as Law & Order episodes, ensuring that its fans can see the show at some point nearly every day. The complete first season will be available on DVD next year as well. Indeed, there's a good chance that the chronicles of Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan might keep going until the program cracks the 10-year mark, something that no would who saw any of the first or second year episodes would have ever dreamed possible.
Alyssa Milano loves feeling glamorous
First rule of love - it hurts: "My first crush was this guy in grammar school. I kissed him, and he punched me so hard I had a black eye."
Five words that describe me: "Compassionate, loyal, obsessive, professional, driven."
Baby talk: "Every time I decide I want to have a child, I get another animal. I have two dogs, eight birds and three horses. Does that tell you anything?"
Dream-date M.O.: "As far as looks, I'm into the 'man-child' guy. Like George Clooney, who looks much younger than he is and has that boyish twinkle in his eye."
The fame game: "I would rather people treat me like I'm their cousin than have them treat me like some kind of alien."
My first boyfriend: "It was Kirk Cameron. I was 13, and he was 14. He used to dedicate songs to me on the radio, but I broke up with him. I just couldn't deal with it."
On the glam life: "When I get invitations to movie premieres, I'm like, why bother? If I see a movie, I want to put on my sweats and go and get popcorn. I just don't really see the point of getting all dressed up to see a movie."
Love Sucks. "Phoebe had a really hard year. What do you expect? She's in love with a demon. The ultimate bad boy! I think getting rid of him is a good thing. It's a sad thing but she's been far too serious lately. I'd really like to bring back some of the quirkier aspects of her personality. Wouldn't that be nice?"
On Being Tressed Out: "I change my hair [style] all the time. I think it's important for actors to feel comfortable no matter how they look. It's not good for me to get too set in my ways. If I get a movie and I need to have my head shaved, it's important to be able to have the courage to do that. I could cut it all off. Of course, I'd have to call Mr. Spelling first."
In My Dressing Room..."...you'll find all kinds of action. It is where everybody congregates. Holly and Rose keep their trailers very neat and tidy and very aesthetically pleasing. Mine is like a frat house. I don't care if you leave a soda can open in there for a week."
My Friends Call Me..."Lissy-girl. In Brooklyn, where I grew up, they always, like, add 'boy' to everyone's name. So, my dad was Tommy-boy. I thought 'boy' was part of my father's name so I called him Daddy-boy."
The Definition of a Diva: "I love feeling glamorous. So I definitely have those days when I will go all out and get really dressed up. But then there are days I have my hair in pigtails and I feel like just being cute."
Fight Club: "[Unlike Phoebe], I'm not a fighter. There are [stunt] people on the show who do that for a living and it's not me. I hope I never find out if I can kick someone's ass."
Alyssa Milano gets the 2004 Spirit of Hollywood Award
John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center and the Associates of Breast & Prostrate Cancer Studies will present Alyssa Milano with the 2004 Spirit of Hollywood Award at their upcoming Diamond Jubilee on November 20, 2004. This Black Tie gala will be held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Spirit of Hollywood Award honors individuals from the entertainment industry for their personal dedication and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Previous John Wayne Cancer Institute and Associates for Breast & Prostrate Cancer Studies honorees include Annette Bening, Jane Seymour, Shirley MacLaine, Olivia Newton John, and Debbie Reynolds. JWCI’s unique ability to rapidly turn scientific breakthroughs into innovative approaches to treatment and early detection provides hope to cancer patients around the globe.
Alyssa's speech at the Spirit of Hollywood Award
Thank you. I am honored. I would like thank The John Wayne Cancer Institute Associates for Breast and Prostrate Cancer Studies and Gloria Gebbia for this honor. I feel really fortunate to have a public voice strong enough to affect change in the world and that I've been given opportunity to get to do the humanitarian work that I do. To be recognized with The Spirit of Hollywood Award is a great privilege.
It would be easy for even the most optimistic to get lost in a dark pessimistic view of the social reality we function in. On a daily basis, I remind myself of the power of thought and how it's my obligation as a citizen (and student) of humanity to propel compassion. How can you be pessimistic when regardless of the three dimensional chaos that ensues, we are surrounded by spirit? We have the innate resilience to prevail. Like Sisyphus, with pride and tenacity, we push the boulder up the mountain. I've witnessed the resilience. With my very eyes, I've seen what war does to a country. I've worn the vest. I've smelled the stench. I've heard the cries. I've touched the tears. And yes...... I've felt the hope. It's so simple. Hope. A hope for a better tomorrow. A desire for some good with the expectation of obtaining it. So surely, if the Angolan people, after thirty years of war, can still feel hope - I can too. And if Captain Fletcher Tidewell, in his second tour of duty in Iraq , can still feel hope - I can too. And if Alaa Mohammed Khaled, my Palestinian, Muslim best friend who's name is on "the list" can still feel hope - I can too.
For me, there is no hope without faith. Faith in a higher good. Faith in our own divinity. We are right where we are supposed to be. There is a perfect system at work here. Pain, struggle, heartache, these are all things I've dealt with in my own immediate experience that inspired soulful growth and an expanding of the Self. It's my duty as a warrior of the human spirit to feel these lessons and proceed with the will of the heavens. To pave the way for a better tomorrow for the children that have yet to come. May my ideals be their reality. May their ideals be my reality.
Often these times feel inspirited - like a beautiful beginning. Often they feel cataclysmic - like a devastating end. If it is the beginning, I must be of pure intentions and open my eyes and heart to the suffering of humanity. If it is the end, I must be of pure intentions and open my eyes and heart to the suffering of humanity. Thank you for inspiring me to work even harder and continue to believe in the hope I feel in my heart.
Seventh season of ''Charmed'' with Alyssa Milano
FANS of Studio 23's top-rating Monday night show "Charmed" get an early Christmas gift on November 22 and 29 and December 6. On these three consecutive Monday nights, Studio 23 will air a very special sneak peek into the first three episodes of "Charmed" Season 7 - the season currently airing in the US.
Not only are witchy sisters Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Paige (Rose McGowan) back for this exciting seventh season preview - the "Charmed" team has also recruited some new hunks to perk up the cast, starting with 98 Degrees hottie and famed celebrity hubby Nick Lachey and beloved "Jack McPhee," Kerr Smith of "Dawson Creek". For Lachey, who plays Leslie St. Claire, the journalist who takes over Phoebe's column, working on "Charmed" has been one learning experience after another.
"Everything from hitting marks and finding your light to the process of rehearsal," Lachey says, "That is probably what I've learned the most. I'm used to being on stage, where everything is bigger. The lesson to learn is that subtlety is pretty important on television. It's all these things, trying to pick up on them, learn from them and apply them to what you're doing." Romancing co-star Alyssa Milano on-screen however may not be that hard for Lachey. But will he be worried about the reactions from his better half, Jessica Simpson? "You always hear about that being the most awkward thing," Lachey says.
"But you know what, there are certain people you're just cool with, and she and I are cool, at least from my perspective. The only weird thing is I'm married, and there's another woman I'm kissing at work but at times that's what the business calls for. It's a sacrifice we have to make." Smith, who is cast as an FBI agent investigating the Halliwell sisters, is looking at his new gig as a new chance to prove his acting skills - by playing a grownup character this time. "(As the character) I have several guns," he says.
"(Charmed executive producer Brad Kern) wanted me to be like Indiana Jones. I am one big, bad boy. I've got a holster, boots. I've got my Homeland Security badge, leather jacket, nice suits. Never worn a suit before. It's tough for me, being 32 years old and people seeing me as 20 or 18. I haven't even played my age yet. I think the highest I've played before this is 26." Unlike Lachey, Smith, who is also married, is looking forward to the love scenes. "I just have to make out with a lot of women, starting with Rose. My wife is fine with that. She'd rather have me kiss girls than guys, that's for sure." (PR)
Alyssa Milano came to UNC to speak about 2004 elections
The star of the television show "Charmed" attended a University of Northern Colorado tailgate party Saturday, hoping to bring some good fortune to both the Bears and the Democratic Party.
Alyssa Milano spoke to an athletic- and political-inspired crowd about the importance of the youth vote this November.
"I believe without a doubt that this is the most important election of our lifetime," she said.
She said the election results could depend on the younger generation. The 2000 election was decided by about 500, she said, and 45 million people did not vote.
"This Nov. 2, we have an opportunity to make a fresh start," she said as Kerry-Edwards signs bopped up-and-down throughout the screaming crowd.
She said Kerry and Edwards will protect the United States, better the environment, improve the economy and "show our troops the respect they deserve."
"Women fought for 144 years for the right to vote," she said. "All we have to do is turn 18."
Milano said she came to UNC because she wants younger generations to realize how critical their vote is.
"I'm fortunate enough to have a strong voice that can be heard, and I'm using it," she said.
Milano has joined other Hollywood stars in an effort to get youth to vote. Drew Barrymore, Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, Bruce Willis, Ellen Burstyn and Ben Affleck are just a few others who have used their fame to urge younger generations to vote.
"I think it's great that an actress is here to support her view," said Katie Hodson, a UNC student and member of Delta Zeta sorority. "I think most people already have an opinion, but hopefully some people will decide to vote for Kerry after listening to Alyssa Milano."
Clayton Dinmore, a junior at UNC, said he was impressed that Milano was on campus.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I was already a Kerry supporter, but this should change some Bush-fans' minds."
Emily Hickett, also a junior at UNC, said she thought students learning about the election at a tailgate party reflected the importance of the election.
"It's just great to see so many kids being political and getting excited about this election," she said.
Milano was invited to campus by the UNC Young Democrats. Kelly-Rose Olson, the organization's liaison to national and state campaigns, said Milano was the perfect speaker because college-aged people look up to her.