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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? and as Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed. She also has a new female apparel clothing line, Touch. She has a recurring role on My Name Is Earl, playing Billie Cunningham. She got her start in acting by starring in the Broadway show Annie.

Early life and careerEdit

Milano was born in New York City, the daughter of Italian American parents Lin, a former fashion designer and talent manager, and Thomas M. Milano, a film music editor and a well-known boating enthusiast.[1] 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 and grew up in Staten Island and was raised Catholic.[2] She began her career at the age of 8 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 fellow Brooklyn native 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.

Later careerEdit

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 nude or topless in a sequences of erotic films targeted at adults, starting with Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1992).

Embrace of the Vampire (1994), saw her play a nude photographic model and magician's assistant, who is seduced by the (female) photographer and (male) magician for whom she works, both of whom subsequently turn out to be vampires. The film featured a number of specially designed illusions from the magician's vampire themed show, including producing a nude Milano from an empty coffin, levitating her, impaling her on a wooden stake, and burning her alive.

The films Confessions of a Sorority Girl (1994), and Deadly Sins (1995) followed, and in 1995 Poison Ivy II: Lily. The last was criticised as partial rehash of Embrace of the Vampire: Milano played a topless magician's assistant to Xander Berkeley's magician, and the film even reused some of the footage of a nude Milano on stage participating in illusions from the earlier film.

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 the eight year run of the popular series Charmed (1998-2006). Both Milano and close friend Holly Marie Combs became producers for Charmed during the show's fifth season.

She played the role of Eva Savelot in MCI's 1-800-COLLECT commercials. In 2007, Milano filmed a pilot for ABC entitled Reinventing the Wheelers. The series was not picked up for the 2007-2008 season, but instead, Milano appeared in ten episodes of the show My Name Is Earl. This reunited her with Jaime Pressly who guest starred in the two part Season 5 premiere of Charmed, "A Witch's Tail". She is set to reappear in the fourth season of the show, reprising her role as Billie Cunningham.

On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by American playwright John O'Keefe,[3] 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.[4] 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.

Milano starred in the 2008 film Pathology alongside Milo Ventimiglia, and was then cast in a television sitcom, Single with Parents, which was pulled prior to production.

Personal lifeEdit

Milano has dyslexia.[5] 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."

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Milano is also a 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.[6] She also has an interest in the Los Angeles Kings, a National Hockey League team and is involved with a related clothing line. In 2008, she expanded that to NFL football, as a New York Giants fan. Since Milano is in the same hometown as NFL Network's Rich Eisen (Staten Island), she revealed some of her family's connections with the New York Giants while she picked the winners of NFL games for week 7 of 2008.[7]

Milano has eight tattoos on her body, including one on each wrist and ankle, shoulder, neck, hip, and lower back. Milano is a vegetarian and appears in numerous PETA advertising campaigns for vegetarianism, including their controversial "You wouldn't eat me..." campaign.

Outside of acting, her hobbies include photography, humanitarian work, and spending time with her three dogs and eight horses. In 2005, she was ranked #5 in the '50 Cutest Child Stars -All Grown Up'.

Milano briefly dated Justin Timberlake in 2002.[8] She has dated a number of professional athletes, including Brad Penny, Carl Pavano, and Barry Zito. She is currently engaged to CAA agent David Bugliari; the couple became engaged on December 18, 2008, after more than a year of dating. No wedding date is yet set.[9]

PhilanthropyEdit

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Milano was appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to which she donated $250,000. 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 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 participated in UNICEF's "Trick or Treat" campaign as an official spokesperson. The campaign saw Milano set weekly targets for fundraising, and if she failed to reach them a string of guest magicians would use her in a "Trick". A popular string of videos were posted on the web, showing Milano beheaded with a guillotine, sawed in half by a buzz saw, and impaled on a sword. She was successful at avoiding the Iron Maiden, burning alive, and having swords plunged into her head, which tricks she helped the magicians perform on their unfortunate assistants.

She raised approximately $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling her own and a school's photo work.

In 2005, in support of PETA, she appeared in a controversial TV advertisement advocating vegetarianism. The video featured a magician apparently feeding Milano into a sausage machine, with the tag line "You wouldn't eat me, so why eat meat?"

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Film Role Other notes
1984 Old Enough Diane
1985 Commando Jenny Matrix Nominated - Young Artist Award - Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or Drama
1986 The Canterville Ghost Jennifer Canterville TV movie
1988 Crash Course Vanessa Crawford TV movie aka Driving Academy
Dance 'til Dawn Shelley Sheridan Nominated - Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week, or Miniseries
1989 Speed Zone! Lurleen aka Cannonball Fever
1992 Little Sister Diana
Where the Day Takes You Kimmy
1993 The Webbers Fan TV movie
Conflict of Interest Eve
Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story Amy Fisher TV movie
Candles in the Dark Sylvia Velliste TV movie
1994 Confessions of a Sorority Girl Rita Summers TV movie
Double Dragon Marian Delario/Power Corps Chief
1995 Deadly Sins Cristina
Embrace of the Vampire Charlotte Wells
The Surrogate Amy Winslow TV movie
1996 Jimmy Zip Short Film
Poison Ivy II: Lily Lily Leonetti
Fear Margo Masse
Glory Daze Chelsea
To Brave Alaska Denise Harris TV movie
Public Enemies Amaryllis
1997 Below Utopia Susanne
Hugo Pool Hugo Dugay
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure Frances Ella 'Fizzy' Fitz TV movie
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Angel Nominated - Annie Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Diamond Hunters Tracey Van der Byl TV movie
2002 Buying the Cow Amy
Kiss the Bride Amy Kayne
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Cyndi
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone 26 Voice
2007 The Blue Hour Allegra
2008 Wisegal Patty Montanari TV movie
Pathology Gwen Williamson

TV seriesEdit

Year(s) Title Role Seasons Notes
1984-92 Who's the Boss? Samantha Micelli 1–8 Young Artist Award - Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series (1986)
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series (1986)
Best Young Female Superstar in Television (1988)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite TV Actress (1988, 1989)
Blimp Award - Favorite TV Actress (1990)
1997-98 Melrose Place Jennifer Mancini 5 & 6 Left after the end of Season 6 to take a lead role on the WB show Charmed.
1998-06 Charmed Phoebe Halliwell 1–8 She and Holly Marie Combs became producers at the beginning of season 5.
Nominated - Blimp Award - Favorite TV Actress (2005)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards - TV - Choice Actress (2006)
2007-09 My Name Is Earl Billie Cunningham 3-4 Appearances began with 10 episodes in season 3.

TV appearancesEdit

Title Role Episode titles Notes
The Outer Limits Hannah Valesic "Caught in the Act" Season 1, episode 16
Spin City Meg Winston "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Season 2, episode 11
Meg Winston "Rain on My Charades" Season 5, episode 17
Fantasy Island Gina Williams "Superfriends" Season 1, episode 2
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius April Gorlock "Win, Lose and Kaboom" Voice, season 2
Family Guy Herself "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington" Season 3, episode 3

DiscographyEdit

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Studio albumsEdit

Year Information Peak positions
JPN
1989 Look in My Heart
  • First Studio Album
  • Released: March 25, 1989
  • Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
68
1989 Alyssa
  • Second Studio Album
  • Released: October 25, 1989
  • Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
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1991 Locked Inside a Dream
  • Third Studio Album
  • Released: May 21, 1991
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
<center>19
1992 Do You See Me?
  • Fourth Studio Album
  • Released: September 18, 1992
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
<center>47

CompilationsEdit

Year Information Peak positions
JPN
1990 The Best in the World: Non-Stop Special Remix/Alyssa's Singles
  • Remix/Hits Album
  • Released: February 21, 1990
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
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1995 The Very Best of Alyssa Milano
  • Hits Album
  • Released: 1995 (Promo Only)
  • Formats: CD
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SinglesEdit

Year Single Album Peak positions
U.S. U.S. AC JPN
1989 "What a Feeling" Look in My Heart - - -
"Look In My Heart" - - -
"Straight to the Top" - - -
"I Had a Dream" Alyssa - - -
"Happiness" - - -
1990 "The Best in the World" The Best in the World - - -
"I Love When We're Together"1 Single Only - - -
1991 "New Sensation" Locked Inside a Dream - - -
"Voices That Care" 1 Single Only 11 6 -
1992 "Do You See Me?" Do You See Me? - - -
1993 "No Secret" 2 Locked Inside a Dream - - -

Footnotes:

  • 1 Non-album Single.
  • 2 Only released in France.

Other recordingsEdit

  • "Teen Steam" - Theme song from Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam Workout Video (1988).

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Alyssa Milano Biography (1974-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/43/Alyssa-Milano.html. Retrieved 2003-01-23. 
  2. "WITCH ON HEELS". Geocities.com. http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/4616/us0699.html. Retrieved 1999-05-14. 
  3. ""STAGE: 'All Night Long'" by Frank Rich". The New York Times. 1984-03-29. http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=990CE1DB1E39F93AA15750C0A962948260. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: TBS Hot Corner". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/hotcorner/index.jsp. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  5. "Us Weekly reports Alyssa Milano was spotted sipping champagne at Mansion in Miami Beach". Abstracts.net. http://abstracts.net/alyssa-milano/2004-04.html. Retrieved 2004-03-29. 
  6. ""I Want To Be Remembered as a Ballplayer Who Gave All He Had to Give" – Roberto Clemente". Alyssa.mlblogs.com. http://alyssa.mlblogs.com/. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  7. Week 7 celebrity picks: Alyssa MilanoTemplate:Dead link
  8. "Justin Timberlake flies solo". CNN. 2002-11-04. http://archives.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/04/people.cel.timberlake/index.html. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  9. "Alyssa Milano is Engaged!" US Magazine. January 6, 2009.

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