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.