Alyssa Jayne Milano
(born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. Her childhood role as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the Boss?
made her famous, and an eight-year stint as Phoebe Halliwell
on the supernatural series Charmed
brought her a new round of fame. She was also a series regular on the original Melrose Place
portraying the role of Jennifer Mancini. Milano has a female sports apparel line, Touch
Alyssa Milano is the daughter of Lin, a fashion designer and talent manager, and Thomas M. Milano, a film music editor and boating enthusiast. Milano was born in Brooklyn
, grew up on Staten Island
, and was raised Roman Catholic
Milano is a cousin to both Eric Lloyd
and Emily Ann Lloyd
Milano began her career at age eight after winning a role in an open audition for a national tour of Annie
. She was one of the four picked out of an audition with over 1500 girls.She appeared in television commercials and off-Broadway productions.
At age 10, she won her first major role in the television show, Who's the Boss?
, alongside Tony Danza