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Alyssa Milano

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Alyssa Milano

Date of Birth: 19 December 1972
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth Name: Alyssa Jayne Milano
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)


Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. Her acting career began at age 8 with a National Tour of the musical Annie. Her childhood role as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the Boss? made her famous, and an eight-year stint as Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed brought her a new round of fame. She also starred on the ABC series Romantically Challenged as Rebecca Thomas.

Milano has a female sports apparel line, Touch.

Early life

Milano is the daughter of Italian-American parents: Lin, a fashion designer and talent manager, and Thomas M. Milano, a film music editor and boating enthusiast. Milano was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Staten Island, and was raised Roman Catholic. She has a younger brother, Cory (born in 1982), who is also an actor. In a 2003 interview, Milano recalled having had a good childhood, having grown up in a "loving, true family."


Early career

Milano began her career at age eight after winning a role in an open audition for a national tour of Annie. She was one of the four picked out of an audition with over 1500 girls. She appeared in television commercials and off-Broadway productions.

At age 11, she won her first major role in the television 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. After Milano won the role, she and her father relocated from Staten Island to Hollywood. The rest of the family followed a year later, because her mother was initially unwilling to give up her home life "for a show that wasn't a guarantee." Although born and raised in Brooklyn, Milano had trouble getting this accent, because she worked to lose it to land more roles in the theater, including in a stage adaption of Jane Eyre.

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.

In 1985, Milano was in the film Commando as Jenny Matrix, daughter of John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Appearing at age 12 in an R-rated action film, Milano admitted she was sometimes "freaked out" by the weapons on set. A few years later this film was shown in Japan, prompting a producer to offer Milano a five-album record deal.

By the late 1980s, Milano was established as a teen idol, appearing in made-for-television teen films such as Crash Course and Dance 'til Dawn (both 1988). Both projects allowed her to work alongside close personal friend Brian Bloom. Bloom and his brother Scott worked with Milano in episodes of Who's the Boss. This working comradere would later expand in 1993 when Milano guest starred in Brian's series The Webbers. She produced a teen workout video in 1988 called Teen Steam and achieved some fame outside the USA with her music career, which lasted until the early 1990s. In 1991, Milano wanted to quit acting to pursue an academic career, but was unable to gain release from her contract.

When her role on Who's the Boss ended in 1992, Milano feared having trouble to obtaining other roles, aware of the fate of many grown-up child stars in that period. Nevertheless, she was excited when she found out the show was cancelled, being ready "to move on." Milano 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 (1993), Embrace of the Vampire (1994), Deadly Sins (1995), and Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996), where she starred opposite Johnathon Schaech and Xander Berkeley.

The transition started in 1992, when Milano auditioned for female lead as a homeless teenager in the independent film Where the Day Takes You. Although the crew was reluctant to sign a former child star, she was given a small role as a prostitute in the production. She was noticed by the media, that helped her land the controversial role of Amy Fisher in the high profile TV movie Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story. In 1994, she was considered to replace Shannen Doherty in Beverly Hills, 90210.

In 1996, Milano appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear.

Later roles

Her performance in Fear led to a starring role in Hugo Pool (1997), her first film released through cinemas since Commando. Despite the milestone, Milano was soon out of work and after a period of six months, she decided to return to television. She portrayed bad girl 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 hit tv series Charmed (1998–2006). Her role on Melrose Place was offered to the actress by Aaron Spelling himself. The stint garned her new fame and she was named the most successful and popular actress on the primetime soap, alongside Heather Locklear. Milano and close friend Holly Marie Combs became producers for Charmed during the show's fifth season.

She played the role of Eva Savealot 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".

Milano's commercial work includes appearing in the "Josie" music video by Blink-182, as well as 2007 television ads for Veet and Sheer Cover.She also appeared in an early 80s commercial for Hi-C.

Milano was part of TBS's 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.

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.

On March 20, 2009, it was announced that Milano would provide a voice for the Ghostbusters: The Video Game. In a 2010 interview, she told the press that she had 'a blast' working on the game, although she recalled it being 'odd' having to grunt in a room alone. It was speculated that following the voice over in the video game, she was set to star in Ghostbusters III, although Milano claimed she was never approached.

On March 24, 2009, her book on her baseball fandom, Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, was released. Milano has signed on to star in and produce My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a romantic comedy in which she plays a woman with a relationship dilemma.

Milano starred in the sitcom Romantically Challenged as Rebecca Thomas, a recently divorced single mom attorney in Pittsburgh who has not dated "since Bill Clinton was president". The series premiered on ABC on April 19, 2010. On why she accepted the role, Milano commented:

On May 16, 2010, the series was cancelled after four episodes had aired. On the show's cancellation, Milano wrote on her website:

In the future, Milano will co-star with Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate in the romantic comedy Hall Pass (2011), in which she was assigned in February 2010, as well as producing and leading the cast of Lifetime's TV film Sundays at Tiffany's. The latter will be her second collaboration with Lifetime, the first being 2008's Wisegal.


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, Kosovo, 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. She raised approximately $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling own and school's photo work. In support of PETA, she appeared in an advertisement for them, advocating vegetarianism, in a dress made entirely of vegetables.

In honor of her 37th birthday (December 19, 2009), Milano ran an online fundraising campaign for Charity:Water. Her original goal was to raise $25,000, but a donation from her husband put her over the $75,000 mark on December 18. The fundraiser was scheduled to run until December 26.[citation needed]

Personal life

Milano has dyslexia. In an interview in 2004, Milano explained how she deals with the disorder:

Milano is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and writes a regular baseball blog on the Major League Baseball's website. In 2007, Milano launched her signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female baseball fans, selling it through her blog and Major League Baseball's website. It also became available in 2009 through a boutique store located in Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. She 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.

Milano has eight tattoos on her body: 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. Outside of acting, her hobbies include photography, humanitarian work, and spending time with her three dogs and eight horses. Milano has commented on her love for animals, and in a 2009 interview discussed one of her dogs, a German shepherd called Pinto, who had died at the age of 14; he had worked with the LAPD dogs and Milano had owned him for 10 years.

Milano dated actor Corey Haim from 1987 to 1990. She was engaged to Scott Wolf in 1993. She was married to singer–songwriter Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero in 1999; they were divorced later that year. She dated Charmed co-star Brian Krause for a while during the third and fourth season of the show.[citation needed] She briefly dated Justin Timberlake in 2002. After one year of dating, she and CAA agent David Bugliari were engaged December 18, 2008. Milano and Bugliari married on August 15, 2009 in New Jersey, at the home of Bugliari's family.


Year Film Role 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" Francesca 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 also credited as producer
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

also credited as producer

Pathology Gwen Williamson
2010 "DC Showcase: The Spectre" Aimee Brenner Animated short: voice
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Jesse Young Currently in post-Production

also credited as producer

2011 Hall Pass Grace post-production
Sundays at Tiffany's Jane filming

also credited as producer TV movie

Year 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 6 & 7 Left after only 7 episodes in Season 7 to take a lead role on the WB show Charmed.
1998–2006 Charmed Phoebe Halliwell 1–8 She became a producer at the beginning of season 4.

Nominated–Blimp Award–Favorite TV Actress (2005) Nominated–Teen Choice Awards–TV–Choice Actress (2006)

2007 Reinventing the Wheelers Annie TV pilot
2008 Single with Parents Lou TV pilot
2010 Romantically Challenged Rebecca Thomas 1
Year Title Role Episode title Notes
1985 Jem Jessica Sharp "Frame Up" Season 1, Episode 4
1989 Living Dolls Samantha Micelli "It's My Party" ; "It's All Done with Mirrors" Season 1, 2 episodes
1990 Série rose "Softly from Paris" Season 4, episode 1
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV?
1995 The Outer Limits Hannah Valesic "Caught in the Act" Season 1, episode 15
1997–2001 Spin City Meg Winston "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Season 2, episode 11
"Rain on My Charades" Season 5, episode 17
1998 Fantasy Island Gina Williams "Superfriends" Season 1, episode 2
2001 Family Guy Herself "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington" Season 3, episode 3
2004 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius April Gorlock "Win, Lose and Kaboom" Voice, season 2
2007–2008 My Name Is Earl Billie Cunningham Recurring in Season 3, episodes 6–22.
2010 Castle Kyra Blaine "A Rose for Everafter" Season 2, episode 12

Sunday At Tiffany's


Year Information Peak positions
1989 Look in My Heart

First Studio Album Released: March 25, 1989 Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


1989 Alyssa

Second Studio Album Released: October 25, 1989 Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


1991 Locked Inside a Dream

Third Studio Album Released: May 21, 1991 Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


1992 Do You See Me?

Fourth Studio Album Released: September 18, 1992 Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


Year Information Peak positions
1990 The Best in the World: Non-Stop Special Remix/Alyssa's Singles

Remix/Hits Album Released: February 21, 1990 Formats: Cassette, CD


1995 The Very Best of Alyssa Milano

Hits Album Released: 1995 (Promo Only) Formats: CD

Year Single Album Peak positions
1989 "What a Feeling" Look in My Heart
"Look In My Heart"
"Straight to the Top"
"I Had a Dream" Alyssa
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


  • 1 Non-album single
  • 2 Only released in France
  • "Teen Steam" – Theme song from Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam Workout Video (1988).


  • Had a best-selling excercise video in 1988 called Teen Steam.
  • Awarded $230,000 in a default judgement against a web designer that allegedly posted nude pictures of her. [December 1998]
  • Engaged to Scott Wolf but their engagement was broken off and they are no longer seeing each other. [1993]
  • Her first role was in the musical 'Annie' on Broadway, she was 8 years old then.
  • Wore colored contact lenses in some episodes "Who's the Boss?" (1984).
  • Born under the astrological sign Sagittarius.
  • Alyssa has seven tattoos. She has a sacred heart on her behind, a fairy kneeling in grass on her hip, rosary beads on her back, an angel on her left ankle, an Orobous (a snake biting its own tail) on her right wrist, an "om" on the other wrist and a garland of flowers around her right ankle.
  • Favorite sport is Baseball and is a season ticket holder to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Plays piano and flute.
  • Her ex-husband, Cinjun Tate, is the lead singer for the rock group, Remy Zero.
  • Caused a stir with her TV Commercial for Candies perfume, which featured a black-lingerie clad Alyssa and a goateed man. The "Anywhere You Dare" campaign was rejected by such stations as WB and FOX. [2000]
  • Caused a stir with 2 of her Candies Print Ads, which one shows a man perfuming Milano's cleavage, the other presents her standing before a medicine cabinet stocked with perfume and condoms. Both ads were turned down by youth-oriented magazines Seventeen and Teen People. [2000]
  • Attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.
  • Caused a commotion with her TV dad, Tony Danza, when she posed nude in the 1993 pages of 'Bikini' magazine. "I worried about her, but it wasn't my place to say anything," explains Danza. "I played her father, but I wasn't her father."
  • Voted #4 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list [2001]
  • Had 5 albums released in Japan which all went platinum. These were titled Alyssa, Look In My Heart, Best in the world, Locked In a Dream, and Do You See Me?
  • Lost out to Shannen Doherty for a role in Mallrats (1995).
  • Older sister of Cory Milano.
  • Voted #4 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list [2003]
  • Measurements: Bust 36C
  • During the animation of The Little Mermaid (1989), her picture was used to create the lead character, Ariel. Coincidentally, her character on the WB hit TV show, "Charmed" (1998), temporarily turned into a mermaid at the beginning of the 5th season.
  • Ranked #5 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
  • Her family once suffered a tragic fire. Her dad went back into the house to save the dog, risking his own life. He injured himself by jumping out of a second story window after the search for the dog became impossible due to the heat. The dog unfortunately did not survive.
  • Ranked #28 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
  • Ranked #28 of "The 100 Greatest Child Actors of All Time"
  • Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty were her bridesmaids at her wedding to Cinjun Tate.
  • Has played two different characters who both rode on a horse naked, Phoebe in "Charmed" (1998) and the mayor's daughter in "Spin City" (1996).
  • Is allergic to soy products.
  • Is a vegetarian and a supporter of PETA.
  • Ranked #30 in 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
  • Named #6 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
  • Cousin of Eric Lloyd and Emily Ann Lloyd.
  • She is also an accomplished singer and recording artist, though not in her home country of the United States. She has released five albums that have all reached sales of over one million copies in Japan.
  • Was ranked #5 in E's 50 cutest child stars all grown-up.(2005)
  • Named #22 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
  • Was an Indianapolis Colts supporter in the XLI Superbowl.
  • Is an active member of Unicef.
  • Out of what she called "necessity," Milano teamed with G-III and MLB to create her own signature "touch" line of team-logo fashion for the female fan, which was released for sale on-line on April 13, 2007.
  • Has a phobia of water, making her underwater scenes in the episode of "Charmed" (1998) "A Witch's Tail" very hard.
  • Has played four different characters named "Amy". In the 1995 movie The Surrogate (1995) (TV), she played .... Amy Winslow, in Buying the Cow (2002), she played .... Amy and in Kiss the Bride (2002), she played Amy and Amy Fisher in Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1993) (TV).
  • Writes a blog for Major League Baseball's web site.
  • She is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was a New York Yankees fan growing up in Brooklyn but became a Dodgers fan when she moved to L.A. when she was 12.
  • Is a friend of baseball pitcher Carl Pavano, who pitched for the Montreal Expos, the Florida Marlins and the New York Yankees.
  • Appeared in underwear along with Yasmine Bleeth, Jamie Luner, Melissa Joan Hart, Garcelle Beauvais, Carmen Electra, Peta Wilson and Jeri Ryan on the cover of and inside the October 1997 issue of "Details" magazine.
  • [January 2009] Announced that she is engaged to her boyfriend Dave Bugliari, a Hollywood agent. Her fiancé's father works on the chain gang for the New York Giants.
  • She stated on the DVD extras for her movie Pathology (2008) that she is an amateur photographer.
  • Alyssa met David Bugliari, a Hollywood agent, in 2006 and they got engaged in December 2008.
  • Good friends with Rose McGowan.
  • Close friend of Justin Timberlake, Nick Lachey, Keiko Agena and Holly Marie Combs.
  • Her dogs' names are Lucy, Ripely, Stella, Hugo and she has four cats named Simon, Lucy, Daisy and Miles.

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