Born April 12, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Shannen was born in a family of modest estate agent Tom Doherty and his wife Rose, the owner of a beauty salon.
When she was 7 years old, the family moved to Los Angeles.
The world capital of cinema Shannen very early felt the taste for acting and, despite her young age, her mother asked her to write for theater courses. Mom did not welcome this hobby, but prevent the little daughter in the implementation of her dreams did not. Playing small roles in amateur theater productions, the young actress is very quickly got used to the lights of the ramp, to the audience, applause and soon thoroughly "hooked" on this enticing Hollywood "drug".
Trying to get to the big screen, she methodically visited all TV castings and once got a tiny role in the series "Father Murphy" (1981). From that moment her career went sharply uphill.
The first notable role young Shannen was in the movie "Little House" Michael Landon.
He became known for his role as Brenda Walsh on the television series "Beverly Hills, 90210" Aaron Spelling. Starring in all four seasons of the series, Shannen left the project because of disagreements with the creators.
Then Shannen married Ashley Hamilton, with whom he lived exactly six months, and then divorced.
In 1998, a compromise with producer Aaron Spelling, Shannen has agreed to play a major role in the television series "Charmed", in which she once again became famous. However, filmed in just three seasons, Shannen refused further participation in the shooting.
In addition, at the same time her arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and give a 3-year suspended sentence. And that was the last straw for Spelling, with a calm heart Doherty was fired, after which the entire staff of the show was relieved.
Shannen also began work in the film "Another Day", together with a colleague on "Charmed" Julian McMahon.
Shannen marries Richard Salomon and then parted.
Open your own project - a TV show "scare tactics", and soon one of the participants of the show gave to the organizers to court for moral damage.
Recently, society people prefer the horses. The actress lives on a ranch, with a lot of time riding and caring for animals.