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Holly Marie Combs
Holly

Born

December 3, 1973 (aged 38)
San Diego, California

Occupation

Actress

Years active

1985-present

Spouse

Bryan Travis Smith (1998-1997)
David Donoho (2004-2011)

Holly Marie Combs (born December 3, 1973) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Piper Halliwell in the WB series Charmed.

Early lifeEdit

Holly Marie Combs was born on the 3rd of December in 1973 in San Diego, California. Her mother, Lauralei Combs (née Berckhem), was 16 when she gave birth to Holly and her father was 18. Combs' parents split up two years after, feeling they were too young to make a marriage work. While Holly was learning to walk, she hit her head on a marble table, resulting in a scar above her right eyebrow. She went through many different homes while living with her mother who was trying to persue an acting career. When Holly was 7, her mother and her moved to New York City. When she was 12, her mother remarried. In New York City, Holly attended Beekhem Elementary School and then the Professional Children's School.

CareerEdit

Although she had a number of roles in the late 1980s, including a breif speaking part in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July, Combs' major acting debut arrived in the 1992 TV drama series Picket Fences. She auditioned for the role of Kimberly while she was in New York. The casting agent told her that she wasn't right for the part because she "didn't have a big enough heart." Combs retorted, "If you're looking for someone with a big heart, what the hell are you doing in New York?" She was later called back and offered the job. Picket Fences ran for four years, winning Combs critical acclaim and a Young Artist award.

In 1992, Holly made an appearence in Simple Men, Chain of Desire and Dr. Giggles, in which she portrays the protagonist, the 19-year-old daughter of Cliff De Young's character and girlfriend of Glenn Quinn's character, Jennifer Campbell. In 1996, she starred along side Alyson Hannigan and Tangi Miller in a pilot called Friends for Life. The pilot wasn't picked up.

In 1997, she played real-life convicted murderess Diane Zamora in the television movie Swearing Alliance. Holly was with her friend Shannen Doherty when Shannen was given the pilot script for Charmed. Shannen took Holly with her to the audition when Holly said she wanted to take part in the audition. Holly auditioned for the role of Prue Halliwell and Shannen for Piper Halliwell, but they ended up swiching roles. Alyssa Milano and Holly both became producers of Charmed during the show's fifth season. For the first three seasons of Charmed (which deputed in 1998) Holly played the second oldest of three sisters. When the eldest, Doherty, left left after the third season and Rose McGowan joined the cast for the fourth season, Combs played the eldest sister for the remaining five seasons of the show. All the while she was the youngest of all four actresses.

In 2008, Holly singed a contract with Lifetime Television to produce a new series, Mistress which was originally scheduled to air in January 2009, but was not picked up.

Holly made her televsion comeback in June 2010 on ABC Family's new show Pretty Little Liars. Holly plays Ella Montgomery, the mother of main character Aria Montgomery. The new series premiered on June 8, 2010. Pretty Little Liars has been extended for another 12 episodes, making Season 1 a total of 22 episodes and currently in its third season.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1993, Combs married Bryan Travis Smith; they divorced in 1997. She then went on to marry former Charmed key-grip and long-time boyfriend David Donoho on February 14, 2004. They are the parents of three sons: Finley Arthur Donoho, (born April 26, 2004), Riley Edward Donoho, (born October 26, 2006) and Kelley James Donoho, (born May 26, 2009), all born by caesarian section (with Kelley being an emergency C-section). Combs kept her third pregnancy a secret because it was high risk, with a delivery at 35 weeks. Combs filed for divorce for her second marriage in November 2011 citing irreconcilable differences.

Combs smoked cigarettes from the age of fifteen until giving them up when pregnant with her first child. 4

FilmographyEdit

MoviesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Walls of Glass Abby Hall Classmate
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Dens Boon
1989 New York Stories Helena, Costume Party Girl
Born on the Fourth of July Jenny Turner
1990 Hotel Terror Kristen Vast Unreleased
1991 Nobody Can Hear You Scream Melinda Ashwood
1992 Simple Men Kim Fields
Dr. Giggles Jennifer Campbell
Chain Of Desire Diana Richards
1994 A Perfect Stranger Amanda Hale TV movie
Island City Erin Sloan
1995 A Reason To Believe Sharon Digby
Speed Dating Pam Thomas Unreleased
Evil in the Basement Karen Ford
1996 Sins of Silence Sophie DiMattio TV movie
1997 Our Mother's Murder Alex Morell
Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Diane Zamora TV movie
2001 Ocean's Eleven Herself Uncredited
2002 Search For Odysseus Bethany Campbell Unreleased
2003 See Jane Date Natasha Nutley TV movie
2007 Panic Button Katherine Alden TV movie

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Guiding Light Louisa Young 2 episodes
1991, 1994 As the World Turns Denise Jones 5 episodes
1991 Rockenwagner Emma Jacobs-Smith Unaired TV pilot
1992 Mr Right Penny Lenz Unaired TV pilot
1992–1996 Picket Fences Kimberly Brock Received Young Actor's Award for role
1996 Friends for Life Claire Webber Unaired TV pilot
1997 Relativity Anne Pryce Guest star: season 1, episode 14
1998–2006 Charmed Piper Halliwell Main role
2009 Mistress Janey Satterfield Unaired pilot
2010–present Pretty Little Liars Ella Montgomery Aria's mother

ProducerEdit

Year Title Notes
2001–2006 Charmed Seasons 5–8
2009 Mistresses Co-producer

WriterEdit

Year Title Notes
2009 Mistresses Idea
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