|Holly Marie Combs|
December 3, 1973 (aged 38)
Bryan Travis Smith (1998-1997)
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.
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.
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
|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|
|2002||Search For Odysseus||Bethany Campbell||Unreleased|
|2003||See Jane Date||Natasha Nutley||TV movie|
|2007||Panic Button||Katherine Alden||TV movie|
|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|