Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Infobox actor



caption =
birthname = Alyssa Jayne Milano
birthdate = birth date and age|1972|12|19
birthplace = Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
yearsactive = 1984 - present
othername = Lyssa, Lyssie, Lyss, Ally
occupation = Actress, Singer, Producer
Genre = Pop, dance-pop, RnB
spouse = Cinjun Tate (1999) - divorced
website = http://www.alyssa.com/

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?", Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series "Charmed" or via her new female apparel clothing line "Touch". Recently, she has appeared in a recurring role on "My Name is Earl" as Billie Cunningham. She got her start in acting by starring in the Broadway show "Annie".

Early life and career

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.cite web|url=http://www.filmreference.com/film/43/Alyssa-Milano.html|title=Alyssa Milano Biography (1974-)|work=Filmreference.com|accessdate=2003-01-23] 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 but grew up in Staten Island, New York and was raised Catholic.cite web|url=http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/4616/us0699.html|title=WITCH ON HEELS|work=Geocities.com|accessdate=1999-05-14] She began her career at the age of eight 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 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 career

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 appearing in several films targeted at adults, such as ' (1992), "Embrace of the Vampire" (1994), "Confessions of a Sorority Girl" (1994), "Deadly Sins" (1995), and ' (1995), where she starred opposite Johnathon Schaech and Xander Berkeley. 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 "Charmed" (1998-2006). Both Milano and close friend Holly Marie Combs became producers for "Charmed" during the show's fifth season. She also 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 Season 5 premiere of "Charmed", "A Witch's Tail".cite web|url=http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Exclusive-Earl-Charmed/800021729?messageID=800252977&|title=Exclusive: "Earl" Charmed By Alyssa Milano|work=TVGuide.com|accessdate=2007-09-06] She is set to reappear in the fourth season of the Emmy winning show, reprising her role as Billie Cunningham. Not much is known about her storylines.

On stage, she starred in "Tender Offer", a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, "All Night Long" by American playwright John O'Keefe, [cite web|url= http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=990CE1DB1E39F93AA15750C0A962948260|date= 1984-03-29|accessdate= 2008-02-10| title= "STAGE: 'All Night Long'" by Frank Rich|work= The New York Times] 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. [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/hotcorner/index.jsp The Official Site of Major League Baseball: TBS Hot Corner: TBS Hot Corner ] ] 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 was cast in a new comedic television show ("Single with Parents") for the 2008-2009 season.

Personal life

Outside of acting, her hobbies include photography, humanitarian work, and spending time with her three dogs and eight horses.

Milano suffers from dyslexia.cite web|url=http://abstracts.net/alyssa-milano/2004-04.html|title=Us Weekly reports Alyssa Milano was spotted sipping champagne at Mansion in Miami Beach|work=Abstracts.net|accessdate=2004-03-29] 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."

Milano is a fan of tattoos, and has eight of them located in various areas of her body, including both wrists, both ankles, shoulder, neck, hip and lower back. 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.cite web|url=http://alyssa.mlblogs.com/|title="I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED AS A BALLPLAYER WHO GAVE ALL HE HAD TO GIVE" – ROBERTO CLEMENTE|work=Alyssa.mlblogs.com|accessdate=2007-09-06] . She also has an interest in the Los Angeles Kings, a National Hockey League team and is involved with a related clothing line. Milano is also a vegetarian and appears in numerous PETA advertising campaigns for vegetarianism. In 2005, she was ranked #5 in the '50 Cutest Child Stars -All Grown Up'.

Philanthropy

Milano was recently appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to which she donated $250,000 of her own money. 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 also 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 launched 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 her own photo work and a school's photo work. Milano is also a strong supporter of PETA and appeared in an advertisement for them wearing only fruit and vegetables, advocating vegetarianism.

Filmography

Films

Discography

tudio albums

Footnotes:

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

Other recordings

*Teen Steam Theme song from Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam Workout Video (1988)

Awards and nominations

References

External links

* [http://www.alyssa.com/ Official Site]
*imdb name|id=0000192|name=Alyssa Milano
*tvtome person|id=1533|name=Alyssa Milano


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