Alyssa Jayne Milano was born December 19, 1972. She is an actress, producer, and former singer, probably bestknown for portraying Phoebe Halliwell on The WB television series Charmed which had a run from 1998 through 2006.Milano first rose to fame on television for the childhood role as Samantha Micelli on the ABC series Whos the Boss?(1984 to 1992). She also starred as Jennifer Mancini on the Fox soap opera Melrose Place (1997 to 1998). Milano also has a sports apparel line, Touch.
Alyssa Milano is the daughter of Lin, a designer and manager, and Thomas M. Milano, a music editor. Milano was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and resided there until a local shooting persuaded her family to move to Staten Island. She has a younger brother, Cory (b. 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. Having grown up in front of the camera, Milano didnot feel that it caused problems for her childhood. She said "Ilove my family very much - theyve really backed my career. I consider myself to be normal: Ive got to clean my room, and help in the kitchen."
Milano began her career at age of eight after securing a part in an audition for a nationwide tour of Annie. She was one of the four selected out of an audition with over 1,500 girls. Alongside the theater productions, she played a supporting role in the low-budget independent film Old Enough, which she remembered as a nice way to start out. At the youngage of 10, she won her first major role in the television series Whos the Boss? alongside Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro, Judith Light and Katherine Helmond. Her role was that of Samantha Micelli, the daughter of the main character. After Milano won the role, her father and she relocated to Hollywood from Staten Island.
The remainder of her family followed suit one year later,because her mom was initially unwilling to give up her home life "for a show that wasnt a guarantee." Although she was raised in Brooklyn, Milano had trouble getting this particular accent right because she worked to lose it to land more roles in theater, including in a stage adaption of Jane Eyre.Throughout Whos the Boss?, Milano felt a strong connection with co-star Danza.
On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by playwright John OKeefe, and the first American musical version of JaneEyre. She returned to the theater in 1991, where she starredin and produced a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free from December 26 until January 19, 1992.
In 1985, Milano was in the motion picture Commando asJenny Matrix, child of John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Appearing at age 12 in an R-rated action film, Milano admitted to being "freaked out" by the weapons on set.
A few years later the film was run in Japan, prompting a record producer to offer Milano a five-album recording contract. Milanos albums, which she describedas "bubblegum pop", scored platinum in the country, but she claimed not be content with its quality later in life.
Subsequently, she appeared opposite John Gielgud in thechildrens motion picture The Canterville Ghost (1986). It did not achieve much praise or attention, and Variety magazine noted in its review: "Milano as the catalyzing daughter Jennifer adapts to the ghostly Sir Simon without a qualm; that, of course, is the true charm of the story, but Milanodoesnt exhibit enough presence to match the droll, charming Gielgud.
By the late 1980s, Milano established herself as a teen idol, having appeared in made-for-television teen flicks such as Crash Course and Dance til Dawn (both 1988). Bothprojects allowed her to work with close friend Brian Bloom.Bloom and his brother Scott worked with Milano in episodes of Whos the Boss.
When her role on Whos the Boss ended in 1992, Milano feared not being able to acquire 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", and enthusiastic to "showcase" what she could do.
In 1991, Milano auditioned for the female lead as a homeless teenager in the independent film Where the DayTakes You. Although the crew was reluctant to sign a former child star, she was given a small role as a prostitute in the production. Even though she feared that viewers would only recognize her as "the girl from Whos the Boss?", she was noticed by the media, that helped her land thecontroversial role of Amy Fisher in the high profile TV movieCasualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story. Milano said that her portrayal of Amy Fisher was more based on Joey Buttafuocos point of view.
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. Even though the film did not receive very positivereviews, Los Angeles Times called Milano "very good" in the production.
After not being able to land further movie roles, she acquiredthe roles of Jennifer Mancini on Melrose Place (1997–1998),Meg Winston in Spin City, and Phoebe Halliwell on the eight-year run of the popular hit TV series Charmed (1998–2006).
Milano suffers from dyslexia. In a 2004 interview, she explained how she deals with the disorder: "Ive 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 hememorized his monologues, he said, I write them down. Iuse that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with the words, it makes them my own."
Milano is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and writes a regular baseball blog on the Major League Baseballswebsite. In 2007, Milano launched her signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female baseball fans, selling it through her blog and Major League Baseballs website. It also became available in 2009 through a boutique store located in Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.
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 foranimals, 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.
After one year of dating, she and CAA agent David Bugliari were engaged December 18, 2008. Milano and Bugliarimarried on August 15, 2009 in New Jersey, at the home of Bugliaris family. In February 2011, it was announced thatMilano and Bugliari were expecting their first child, a baby boy. In August 2011, she gave birth to a son named Milo Thomas Bugliari. Visit http://alyssamilanopictures.com/ for more info.