Holly Marie Combs - Biography
Holly Marie Combs (born December 3,
1973) is an American film and television actress and producer. Her roles
have included the portrayal of Piper Halliwell in the television series
Charmed and of Kimberly Brock in Picket Fences. She received a Young
Artist Award for her role in Picket Fences.
Although she had a number of minor roles in the late 1980s, including a
brief 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, Combs made her appearance in Simple Men, Chain of Desire, and Dr.
Giggles, in which she plays its protagonist, the 19-year-old daughter of
Cliff De Young's character and girlfriend of Glenn Quinn's character,
In 1997, she played real-life convicted murderess Diane Zamora in the
television movie Swearing Allegiance, a far cry from her other good girl
roles. Combs was with her friend Shannen Doherty when Doherty was given
the pilot script for Charmed. Doherty took Combs along to the audition
when Combs said she wanted to take part in the audition. When they did,
Combs auditioned for the role of Prue Halliwell and Doherty for Piper
Halliwell, but they ended up switching roles. Alyssa Milano and Combs both
became producers for Charmed in the fifth season. For the first three
seasons of Charmed (debuted in 1998 and was a hit TV series, which ended
in May 2006), Combs played the second oldest of the three sisters. When
the eldest, Doherty, 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. This is all while she was the youngest
of all four actresses.
In 2008, Combs signed a contract with Lifetime Television to produce and
star in a new TV series, Mistresses which was originally scheduled to air
in January 2009, but was not picked up.
In 1993, Combs married Brian "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. Combs kept her third pregnancy a secret due to it being
high risk with a delivery at 35 weeks.
Combs has four tattoos:she has a rose on her right shoulder blade, a
butterfly on the inside of her right wrist, an Anglo Saxon design around
her left wrist, and a Tribal design around her right wrist, which was
repaired in November 2000 because the original design was unbalanced.
In an article in ePregnancy Magazine, Combs admits she had been smoking
from the age of fifteen whenever she was nervous. That changed as soon as
she found out about her pregnancy with her first child, when she decided
to immediately stop:
To stop smoking was actually really easy because I had already started to
cut down. My husband is asthmatic and he just can't for the life of him
imagine why anybody would put smoke in their mouth, so he really helped me
to start cutting down.... Then when I got pregnant the smell of other
people's cigarette smoke was so heinous to me that it made me not want to
have a cigarette ever again. It's kind of like cheating when it's so easy
to quit because you can't take the smell!
Combs was once asked how she balances her career with motherhood. She
responded, "You never feel like youíre one hundred percent at either one.
I donít ever feel like Iím the best actress I can be or the best mother I
Combs currently lives in Bell Canyon, San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles
with her husband and children.
Holly Marie Combs - Personal Quotes
"I have no interest in a guy
who doesn't know the right end of a screwdriver."
[About having a child, shortly before getting pregnant] "For some
reason everybody on the set - except for me - thinks I should get
pregnant for real. It's like they all got together and I've been
nominated! Honestly, the thought of having a baby scares me!"
(About topless pictures of her on the internet.) "I did one topless
scene when I was 20. There was no thought in my mind that they could
freeze that moment into 15 different pictures. The worst, I was
thinking, was that stupid guy friends of mine could rewind it and
play it again."
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
(On the miracle of motherhood.) Now, as an actress and a person, it
has completely broadened my horizons because I have such a deep
level of empathy for everyone. It opens you up and you're like a
bleeding heart. It's funny, because you can be such a guarded person
in your personal life and try to protect yourself from all these
worries and hurts, but when you have a kid, you're suddenly this
feeling being. When Finley gets his vaccinations, it kills me, and
you can't protect yourself from that. My heart is being ripped out
with every shot. It's a deeper level of emotion that I wasn't
prepared to feel, but it's completely amazing. It has opened me up
both as a person and as an actress. Everything has a deeper meaning
(On her baby, Finley) Thank God, he's such a good traveler. He
adapts so well. He can pretty much sleep anywhere. I was very, very
worried about him having a normal kind of life and being comfortable
and not carted around everywhere, but he's so good. We went on
location in Las Vegas with my husband and we'd go out to the casino
and he thinks there's just a lot of people in the living room. Like,
wow, it's kind of loud and there's a lot of people here today.
(On Alyssa & Rose's escapades with her baby, Finley) They take him
in the makeup trailer and do bad things to his hair. The girls gave
him a mohawk the other day. So I can't let him out of my sight for
(On motherhood) It's weird. When you become a mom you just learn how
to function sleep deprived and you do get used to it. I came back to
work when he was three months old and the first few months were
rough. And then somehow you learn to exist on no sleep. And now when
he does upon occasion sleep through the night, which is like a full
six hours, you're pretty sure he's suffocating. So you don't sleep
(On motherhood) It's changed just about everything about my life. It
definitely puts everything in perspective. Things that were so
important to you mean absolutely nothing and the status of his
diaper means absolutely everything.
"The WB never treated us well, so we didn't expect a lot of farewell
wishes and flowers or cards."
There are occasional food fights. We had Friday-night grape night.
Because when I had the scene with Josh and the wine, we started
picking up the plastic grapes and throwing them at each other. By
Friday night we were so tired, and the director couldn't control us!
There were grapes all over the floor.
"Felicity Huffman is just flawless, she's above and beyond TV and
movies and this Earth."
Holly Marie Combs - Filmography
Memories of Murder (2010) ....
Mistresses (2009) (TV) .... Jane Satterfield
... aka BFF's (USA: alternative title)
... aka Jane, Shannon, Ava and Kate (USA: alternative title)
Point of Entry (2007) (TV) .... Katherine Alden
... aka Panic Button (USA: alternative title)
"Charmed" .... Piper Halliwell (179 episodes, 1998-2006)
- Forever Charmed (2006) TV episode .... Piper Halliwell
- Kill Billie: Vol. 2 (2006) TV episode .... Piper Halliwell
- Gone with the Witches (2006) TV episode .... Piper Halliwell
- The Jung and the Restless (2006) TV episode .... Piper Halliwell
- The Torn Identity (2006) TV episode .... Piper Halliwell
See Jane Date (2003) (TV) .... Natasha Nutley
Loomis (2001) (TV) .... Emily Jennings
Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997) (TV) ....
... aka Swearing Allegiance (UK)
"Relativity" .... Anne Pryce (1 episode, 1997)
- Billable Hours (1997) TV episode .... Anne Pryce
Daughters (1997) (TV) .... Alex Morrell
... aka Our Mother's Murder
"Picket Fences" .... Kimberly Brock (87 episodes, 1992-1996)
- Liver Let Die (1996) TV episode .... Kimberly Brock
- To Forgive Is Devine (1996) TV episode .... Kimberly Brock
- Forget Selma (1996) TV episode .... Kimberly Brock
- Winner Takes All (1996) TV episode .... Kimberly Brock
- Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey (1996) TV episode .... Kimberly Brock
Sins of Silence (1996) (TV) .... Sophie DiMatteo
Vector (1996) .... Maggie St. James
A Reason to Believe (1995) .... Sharon
A Perfect Stranger (1994) (TV) .... Amanda Hale
... aka Danielle Steel's 'A Perfect Stranger' (USA: complete title)
Island City (1994) (TV) (uncredited) .... Erin Sloan
Fishing with George (1994) .... Tamsin Orchard
Chain of Desire (1992) .... Diana
Dr. Giggles (1992) .... Jennifer Campbell
Simple Men (1992) .... Kim
... aka Uomini semplici (Italy)
Topper (1992) (uncredited) .... Gwen Kerby
"The Guiding Light" .... Louisa (2 episodes, 1990)
... aka Guiding Light (USA: new title)
- Episode #1.11039 (1990) TV episode .... Louisa
- Episode #1.11001 (1990) TV episode .... Louisa
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) .... Jenny
New York Stories (1989) (uncredited) .... Costume Party Guest
(Section 'Life Without Zoe')
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988) .... Debs Boon
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