Alyssa Milano was born on December 19, 1972 in Brooklyn to an Italian American parents. She grew up in Staten Island and was raised as a Roman Catholic. She has a younger brother, Cory, who also became an actor.
She started her acting career very young at 8 years old by appearing in commercials and off-broadway productions. She had her first ever big break when she got a part in the tv series Who’s the Boss? with Tony Danza. She played the daughter of Tony Danza’s character. This was the tv series that officially launched her Hollywood career and she became famous and well known as that cute daughter of Danza. In 1985 she appeared in the high action movie Commando as the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, she was 12 at that time.
During the early 90′s, Alyssa had a hard time making that transition from a wholesome nice girl image to adult roles. She starred in several provocative films where she had some nude scenes. One of her prominent TV acting role during this time was in the portrayal of Amy Fisher in Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story.
The late 90′s was Alyssa’s return to TV series. She was offered a role on FOX in the hit television series Melrose Place as the bad girl Jeniffer Mancini. After the 97-98 season of Melrose Place she then took one of the lead roles in another hit television series Charmed where she played Phoebe Halliwell with co-stars Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs. The show was a big success and had an eight year run. On the fifth season, Alyssa and co-star and close friend Holly, became the producers of the show.
Late 90′s was also the time when she pursued her singing career. She became quite famous in Japan as a singer with her pop/rock released albums.
Alyssa Milano is not only good actress but she is also well known as being a philanthropist. She has been appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. She has traveled to underdeveloped countries to work with other UNICEF volunteers and field officers. She was also appointed the Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. She has then been using her popularity to raise awareness for the plight of the billions of people affected by neglected tropical diseases. She supports PETA and is an active advocate of vegetarianism.