Why was Alyssa Milano famous?
If you’re old and weathered enough, you’ll know Alyssa Milano as being famous for playing Tony Danza’s daughter, Samantha Micelli, in the 1980’s staple sitcom, Who’s The Boss.
If you’re younger, you may know her as playing playing Phoebe Halliwell in the 1990’s crime against the cathode ray, Charmed.
Alyssa Milano also had a regular role as Jennifer Mancini in Melrose Place.
The 80’s and 90’s where a busy time for Milano and, chances are, if you were super into straight-to-video movies, you have seen her in such cinematic triumphs as Embrace of The Vampire, Poison Ivy 2: Lily and alongside Ben Affleck in Glory Days, in which Affleck sports facial hair that suggests he has definitely done a sex crime.
Incidentally, some of these films would never had been made had Alyssa Milano been allowed to quit acting and continue her studies. In 1991, while still working on Who’s The Boss, she wanted to quit acting and study. This dream was scuppered by her television overlords who refused to release her from her contract. Proving, once again that – like the pyramids and iPhones – all the best things in life have slaves to thank.
Where is Alyssa Milano now?
Alyssa Milano currently divides her time equally between television and saving the world.
She has also continued in her resolute determination to produce some of the finest cinema ever to go straight to video, taking a bit part in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2.
Milano is currently a host and judge on Project Runway: All Stars and had a fairly major role in My Name Is Earl, playing Billie Cunningham the former criminal who married Earl.
She has also been involved in prominent charities and causes:
- Alyssa was appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, to which she donated $250,000.
- She raised $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling her own photography
- In support of militant vegetarian roustabouts, PETA, she wore a dress made entirely of vegetables for one of their advertising campaigns.
She was the original celebrity to “break the internet” when she released a “sex tape” on Funny or Die that drew attention to the atrocities in Syria.