Born: 5 September 1973
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Best known as: Co-star of Charmed and Grindhouse
Actress Rose McGowan's reputation for playing the freaky female lead comes from the film The Doom Generation (1995), the TV series Charmed (2001-06) and her real-life engagement to rock star Marilyn Manson (1999-001). McGowan grew up in a pseudo-Christian commune in Italy until 1984, when she moved with her mother to the United States. After what she has described as a few rough-and-tumble years in the Pacific Northwest, she began finding work as an actress. With only a few screen credits, McGowan was given a lead role as a very naughty girl in the video store hit The Doom Generation (1995), then appeared in the box office smash Scream (1996, starring Neve Campbell). While appearing in a string of oddball features that included Southie (1998), Devil in the Flesh (1998) and Jawbreaker (1999), McGowan became even more famous as rocker Manson's fianceé (they split in 2001). She joined the cast of Charmed in 2001 (it's fourth season) and became a TV star, then garnered critical praise for her performance as entertainer Ann-Margret in the TV movie Elvis (2005, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). McGowan left series TV after five seasons of Charmed to focus on her film career and has since appeared in The Black Dahlia (2006, starring Josh Hartnett) and the Robert Rodriguez-Quentin Tarantino project Grindhouse (2007, with Kurt Russell).
Extra credit: Her mother and father belonged to the Children of God (also known as the Family of Love), the same cult to which the Phoenix family belonged (the parents of actors River and Joaquin Phoenix).
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