Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles
as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the Boss? and Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed.Milano was born in New York, the daughter of Italian-American parents Lin, a former fashion designer and talent manager,and Thomas M. Milano, a film music editor and a well-known boating enthusiast.She has a younger brother,Cory (born in 1982), who is also an actor. Milano grew up in Staten Island, New York and was raised Catholic.She began her career at the age of eight when she won a part in an open audition for a national tour of Annie. She appeared in television commercials and off-Broadway productions. At the age of eleven, she earned her first major role in the TV show Who's the Boss?, alongside Tony Danza, Judith Light, Danny Pintauro and Katherine Helmond. She starred as Samantha Micelli, the daughter of Danza's character, Tony Micelli. When Milano won the role, her family relocated from Staten Island to Hollywood. She produced a teen workout video in 1988 called Teen Steam.
Outside of acting, her hobbies include photography, humanitarian work and spending time with her four dogs; Ripley,Stella, Hugo, and Lucy. Her other pets are birds and horses.
Milano suffers from Dyslexia.In an interview in 2004, Milano explained how she deals with the disorder:
“ "I've stumbled over words while reading from TelePrompTers. Sir John Gielgud, whom I worked with on The Canterville Ghost years ago, gave me great advice. When I asked how he memorized his monologues, he said, 'I write them down'. I use that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with the words, it makes them my own". ”
Milano is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2007 she created her own signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female baseball fans, currently available on Major League Baseball's website. She also maintains a baseball blog.