Holly Marie Combs
BiographyHolly Marie Combs was born on December 3, 1973, in San Diego, California to David and Lauralei Combs. At age 8, Holly and her mother left San Diego for New York where Lauralei could pursue an acting career while she was still young. With a keen interest herself in the performing arts, Holly later enrolled at The Professional Children's acting school.
Starting her career with a few commercials and minor movies roles in the late 80's, the turning point in her career came in 1992, when she won the role of Kimberly Brock in the hit tv series Picket Fences created by David E Kelley. She maintained her position as one of the most prominent TV actors when she earned her first award in 1993 of "Best Young Actress in a New Television Series" at the "Young Artist Awards" ceremony.
In the late 90's, Holly again achieved recognition when she was cast as Piper Halliwell in Charmed, a tv series produced by Aaron Spelling, creator of other hit TV series such as Beverly Hills, 90210, along with Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills, 90210), and Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?). Despite being the youngest of all three actresses, she played the second eldest of three sisters who discover by accident they are witches and then have to deal with the consequences of this revelation. The show quickly became a hit, running for a total of eight seasons from 1998 to 2006, and held the record for the second best pilot ratings of the WB TV shows just behind the tv show Smallville.
On the big screen, Holly has had roles in a number of popular movies including Born on the Fourth of July (1989, although uncredited), Dr Giggles (1992), and a special appearance in Ocean's Eleven. In 2008 she signed a contract with Lifetime Television for their new comedy-drama pilot Mistresses to play the leading role of Jane, a woman who has left her career to become a stay at home mom to her kids, also co-starring Brooke Burns who, incidentally is the ex-wife of her Charmed co-star Julian McMahon (Cole).
Holly lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband David W. Donoho, and sons Finley Arthur (born 2004) and Riley Edward (born 2006).
|Picket Fences||Kimberly Brock||1992–1996||1||2||3||4|
|Pretty Little Liars||Ella Montgomery||2010–2013||1||2||3|
Guest Starring Roles
|Relativity||Anne Price||1x14 - Billable Hours||January 18, 1997|
|A Perfect Stranger||Amanda Hale||September 12, 1994|
|Sins of Silence||Sophie DiMatteo||February 20, 1996|
|Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder||Diane Zamora||February 10, 1997|
|See Jane Date||Natasha Nutley||August 16, 2003|
|Point of Entry||Kathy Alden||November 3, 2007|
Talk Show Appearances
|The Sharon Osbourne Show||February 20, 2004|
Notable Film Roles
- A Reason to Believe (1995).... Sharon
- Chain of Desire (1992).... Diana
- Dr. Giggles (1992).... Jennifer Campbell
- Simple Men (1992).... Kim
- Born on the Fourth of July (1989).... Jenny (uncredited)
- New York Stories (1989).... Costume Party Guest (Section 'Life Without Zoe'), (uncredited)
- Sweet Hearts Dance (1988).... Debs Boon
- Walls of Glass (1985).... Classmate In Flash Back (uncredited)
Holly was learning how to walk when she fell on a marble table and thus she has an eyebrow . When Holly and Friend Shannen were on sets of Charmed ,they dressed and got ready for the shooting ,they were checking themselves out when Shannen looked at the glass strangely and it fell and broke . Holly was talking once to that time boyfriend Dohono when they started fighting and the door which was behind them just slammed hardly and David was freaked out thinking Holly did it with her powers!!!!!!
Awards and Accolades
- "Best Young Actress in a New Television Series" - "Young Artist Awards" - 1993
- Kimberly Brock in Picket Fences
- By the end of the show Holly was making $102,000 per episode of Charmed.
- Holly originally auditioned for the role of Prue Halliwell on Charmed but the role was given to her best friend Shannen Doherty and she was cast as Piper Halliwell which Shannen originally for.
- "I have no interest in a guy who doesn't know the right end of a screwdriver."
- "I was the product of very young parents, and they had wild ways. My mother was in a punk band. Rebelling would have been learning to play piano."
- "The WB never treated us well, so we didn't expect a lot of farewell wishes and flowers or cards."