Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, producer, activist and former singer. She is known for her roles as Samantha Micelli in “Who’s the Boss?”, Jennifer Mancini in “Melrose Place,” Phoebe Halliwell in “Charmed,” and Billie Cunningham in “My Name is Earl.” Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Alyssa Milano.
1. Milano was born on December 19, 1972, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the daughter of fashion designer and talent manager Lin Milano and film-music editor Thomas M. Milano.
2. She and her brother, Cory, who is a decade her junior, are of Italian ancestry.
3. She was raised Roman Catholic.
4. Milano began her career at the age of 7, when her babysitter, without notifying Milano’s parents, took her to an audition for one of the four principal parts in a national touring company of “Annie.”
5. Milano was one of four selected from more than 1,500 girls.
6. In August 1984, Milano made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama “Old Enough,” which she recalled as a “great” way for “starting out.”
7. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won First Prize.
8. Milano auditioned as Tony Danza’s daughter on the sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” After winning the part, she and her family moved to Los Angeles, where the show was produced.
9. At age 12, Milano co-starred in “Commando” as Jenny Matrix, the daughter of John Matrix.
10. On stage, she starred in “Tender Offer,” a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein.
11. Milano starred in two 1988 television films, “Crash Course” and “Dance ’til Dawn.” Both projects allowed her to work alongside close personal friend Brian Bloom, who worked with his brother Scott with her in episodes of “Who’s the Boss.”
12. Milano played a teenage prostitute in the 1992 independent film “Where the Day Takes You.”
13. In the early 1990s, Milano auditioned for nearly every film role in her age bracket, including B movies, and finally tried to shed her “nice girl” image by appearing nude in several erotic films targeted at adults.
14. She said that the nude appearances taught her to begin requiring a nudity clause in her contracts giving her “full control” over all her nude scenes.
15. She starred in the lead role in “Hugo Pool.”
16. In the late 1980s, Milano contacted Ryan White, a schoolboy ostracized for having AIDS, and a fan of Milano’s.
17. She attended a big party for him where she sat with him for six hours making friendship bracelets.
18. In October 2004, she participated in UNICEF’s “Trick or Treat” campaign as the national spokesperson.
19. She raised approximately $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling her own and schools’ photo work.
20. In support of PETA, she appeared in a 2007 advertisement for them, advocating vegetarianism, in a dress made entirely of vegetables.
21. In June 2007, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, named Milano a Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an alliance formed to advocate and mobilize resources in the fight to control neglected tropical diseases.
22. For her 37th birthday, which occurred on December 19, 2009, Milano ran an online fundraising campaign for Charity: Water.
23. In 2018, she was announced as a co-chair of the Health Care Voter campaign.
24. Milano helped raise money for Richard Dien Winfield, a Democrat in Georgia’s 2018 10th congressional district race.
25. Milano, who spoke at the 2018 Women’s March, has refused to participate in 2019, citing the failure of 2019 Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour to condemn the homophobia, antisemitism, and transphobia of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
26. In May 2019, Milano advocated celibacy in the form of a sex strike in retaliation of a recently passed abortion law in the U.S. state of Georgia.
27. She has dyslexia.
28. In 1993, she became engaged to actor Scott Wolf, but they broke off their engagement the following year.
29. Between 2001 and 2003, she dated her “Charmed” co-star, Brian Krause.
30. After one year of dating, Milano became engaged to Creative Artists Agency agent David Bugliari in December 2008, and they married on August 15, 2009, at Bugliari’s family home in New Jersey. They have a son born in August 2011, and a daughter born in September 2014.