Shannen Doherty gave a heartbreaking interview in which she revealed she's battling Stage IV breast cancer. Since she went public with the devastating news, the actress has shared updates with her battle on social media. In an Instagram post this week, she opened up about her support system and how she is enjoying life.
"After a year of dealing with cancer coming back and other stresses, I’m back at it," Shannen wrote on March 1.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 actress admitted this is "not always easy," saying, "I have days I’m depressed or just plain lazy." But she said she's able to push through these times thanks to the help of her friends, including model Anne Marie Kortright and celebrity trainer Kira Stokes.
The original Charmed series ran on the now defunct WB network for eight seasons, from 1998 until 2006. It followed the fantastical stories of the Halliwell sisters, who were all good witches living together in San Francisco. A reboot of Charmed debuted on The CW in 2018, featuring a new trio of actresses as sisters who discover their magical heritage.
Starring Shannen Doherty as Prue, Alyssa Milano as Phoebe, and Holly Marie Combs as Piper, Charmed was dealt a blow at the end of its third season, when Doherty announced that she would not be returning to her role as the oldest sister. Both Prue and Piper were both critically injured by a demon assassin called Shax in the season 3 finale, "All Hell Breaks Loose," and the season 4 premiere revealed that Piper had been saved but Prue had died.
Shannen Doherty began acting as a child and appeared in several TV shows, including the wholesome family program Little House on the Prairie and the military drama Airwolf. She then landed a significant role in the 1989 feature film Heathers, as one of the dark comedy’s titular teens. However, she truly rose to fame as one of the young stars of the Aaron Spelling-produced Beverly Hills, 90210. Spelling would also go on to produce Charmed.
On Beverly Hills, 90210, Doherty famously took an early exit, spending just four seasons as Brenda Walsh. By all accounts, Shannen Doherty was a difficult actor to work with. She was known for partying too much, often being late to set, and fueling feuds with her castmates. In Jennie Garth’s autobiography, Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde, Doherty’s Beverly Hills, 90210 costar noted, “There were times when we loved each other and there were times when we wanted to claw each other’s eyes out."
Despite her bad-girl reputation and his direct experience working with her, Aaron Spelling hired Shannen Doherty in 1998 to play Prue Halliwell in Charmed. Prue was killed off three years later (in an episode Doherty herself had directed), and her absence was filled by Rose McGowan, who played the Halliwells' long-lost sister, Paige.
Apparently, Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty did not get along, though it was not always that way. Doherty served as a bridesmaid at Alyssa Milano’s wedding to musician Cinjun Tate in 1999 (though the marriage didn't last long). Either way, Doherty reportedly stopped talking to Milano (per Daily News), causing the former Who’s The Boss? star to demand that Doherty be fired from Charmed. The firing never happened because the savvy Doherty beat producers to the punch. She had learned of Milano’s ultimatum and quit Charmed on her own accord, living up to her tough as nails persona.
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are rallying behind their former co-stars.
On Friday, Nov. 13's all-new Daily Pop, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars stopped by to discuss their new podcast, 9021OMG, and gave updates on Brian Austin Green and Shannen Doherty. Both actors have faced hardships recently as Brian has struggled with divorce drama and Shannen is battling breast cancer.
In regard to Brian, Tori called her former co-star "great" and "an amazing person."
She continued, "I think a lot of people forget that actors are human too. And they go through the same struggles and the same things that everyone goes through, but it's just in the public eye. But we love him, and we support him and he's amazing."
According to Jennie, she recently texted with Brian and they're planning a group lunch.
As E! readers may know, Brian made headlines earlier this month when ex Megan Fox accused him of portraying her as an absent mother on social media. This feud comes following the two's late 2019 split, which Brian confirmed in May.
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Of course, the women also had supportive things to say about Shannen amid her breast cancer battle.
"I check on her from time to time," Jennie shared. "It's just kind of that unsaid bond that we're always here for her and for all of our castmates. We, of course, are rooting for her and she's doing great."
Not only did Jennie praise Shannen for looking "great," she also highlighted the "great work" Shannen's done "to help a lot of people."
Tori added, "We love that she shares her journey and how impactful it is on other women going through the same thing."
SHANNEN Doherty is using this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to share more of her own personal journey with the deadly disease.
The Beverly Hills 90210 star, 50, is battling stage IV breast cancer, and gave fans an update on Instagram.
"Is it all pretty? NO," she wrote. "But it’s truthful and my hope in sharing is that we all become more educated, more familiar with what cancer looks like."
Shannen tearfully revealed her latest cancer fight in a 2020 interview with ABC's Good Morning America.
"It's going to come out in a matter of days or a week that -- I'm stage four," she said in the emotional interview.
"So my cancer came back. And that's why I'm here ... I don't think I've processed it."
She went into greater detail on Instagram: "In 2015 I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy and did chemo and radiation. I had many nose bleeds from the chemo. Not sure if any of you experienced this. I also was beyond tired."
The Charmed one also described how she cheered herself up by putting on funny pajamas a friend gave her.
"Did they actually cheer me up? Yes!!," she exclaimed, adding an LOL. "I looked ridiculous and in that ridiculousness, I was able to laugh at myself.
"Finding humor helped get me thru what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible."
Shannnen has vowed to "keep fighting to stay alive," and continues to work while battling the deadly disease.
THE LONG GOODBYE In September 2020, she revealed plans to record goodbye video messages for her loved ones while her fight raged on.
"There are things I need to say to my mom. I want my husband [Kurt Iswarienko] to know what he’s meant to me," she explained, adding: "But whenever it comes time for me to do it, it feels so final. It feels like you’re signing off, and I’m not signing off."
Shannen married her husband Kurt - a photographer - back in 2011. Together, they hope to continue to raise awareness about the importance of self-care.
"I hope I encourage people to get mammograms, to get regular checkups, to cut thru the fear and face whatever might be in front of you."For breast cancer awareness month, I’d like to.