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Alyssa Milano

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August 11, 2003

Alyssa Milano: Child-Star Survivor

Alyssa Milano was born on December 19, 1972, in Brooklyn. She was bitten by the acting bug at the early age of seven, after seeing a Broadway production of ""Annie."" When she accompanied a family friend to an audition for the touring company of ""Annie"" shortly thereafter, she landed the role instead of her friend. Other plays soon followed, as did her first film role in the 1984 movie ""Old Enough.""

That same year, 12-year-old Milano auditioned to play actor Tony Danza's daughter, tomboy Samantha ""Sam"" Micelli, on a new sitcom called ""Who's the Boss?"" Audiences immediately took to the show and to Milano; before long, her work on TV and in film became popular overseas. She tried her hand at music, landing a five-album deal in Japan, where her 1989 debut record reached platinum.

In 1992, ""Who's the Boss?"" went off the air, and Milano faced the daunting task of transitioning from child star to adult actress. At first she found it difficult to get good rol

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