Actress Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout adulthood in both television and film. Milano starred on the hit WB series Charmed
for nine years, as well as on the Fox cornerstone series Melrose Place.
She began her career on ABC's hit series Who's the Boss,
had a recurring role on the hit NBC comedy My Name is Earl
and also starred in the ABC comedy Romantically Challenged.
Milano was most recently seen on the big screen in Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve and in Hall Pass. Additional film credits include Hugo Pool, Fear and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. She provided a lead voice for Disney's sequel to the animated favorite Lady and the Tramp, starred in and produced the independent film My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, appeared in Lifetime's Sunday's at Tiffany's, and played the title character in the Lifetime film Wisegal, which she also produced.
Outside Hollywood, Milano is well-known for her philanthropic work. UNICEF invited her to become a National Ambassador in 2003. Her first trip was to Angola, Africa (May 2004) to see first-hand the issues plaguing the newly liberated country. She followed that trip with a visit to India in June 2005. She is currently working with UNICEF to educate American youth to the issues crucial to that country's evolution, worked on UNICEF's pivotal Trick or Treat campaign as an official spokesperson, and has plans to work with the organization on numerous projects in the future.
Milano hosted a photography exhibition and auction in 2002 in Los Angeles to raise money for charitable efforts in South Africa. An avid photographer, she displayed her own work, as well as that of schoolchildren from L.A.'s Venice Arts program. The event raised close to $50,000 for Nkosi's Haven, an organization that runs care centers in South Africa for AIDS-afflicted mothers and children. Milano was honored for her efforts with a Humanitarian Award from Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control (GNNTDC), an alliance of international partnerships based at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington DC and formed by the Clinton Global Initiative to lead the global effort to treat, control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world's poorest countries, recently named Milano the organization's founding ambassador. She will continue work to raise awareness of GNNTDC and NTDs among the mainstream media and with the general public.
Milano has her own clothing and jewelry line, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano. Launched in the Spring of 2007, TOUCH was born out of necessity: An avid baseball fan, when she went to games she wanted to wear fan gear to support her team, but found that the product mix offered in the marketplace did not address everyday fashion needs. She felt women should be able to look stylish while cheering on their favorite team, so she partnered with G-III Apparel Group and Major League Baseball to design and distribute a line of juniors' ladies MLB apparel. The line is not just for baseball fans anymore; recently she joined forces with the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Major League Soccer, Minor League Baseball and The Kentucky Derby to make TOUCH available to their fans as well.
Milano's book, SAFE AT HOME: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, chronicles her passion for baseball and how her love for the game has helped shape who she is. Milano is married and resides in Los Angeles.