Who's The Boss?'s Samantha Miceli was one of those seminal television characters that an entire generation of TV watchers will always remember. While Alyssa Milano may be most famous for her role as Tony Danza's daughter on the sitcom, she didn't go the way of many child stars, and instead was able to continue her successful acting career long after the show was over. These days Milano is still acting and is enjoying a new role: motherhood.
On August 31st the 38-year-old Charmed actress gave birth to her first child, a baby boy name Milo Thomas. Avid Tweeter Milano, who married talent agent David Bugliari at his family's estate in 2009, took to the social networking site to share her joy at the new arrival. "Thank you for all the well wishes for my son Milo," Alyssa gushed. "My heart has tripled in size. I love him more than all the leaves on all the trees.”
Born in Brooklyn and raised with traditional Italian family values, Milano reached fame very early in her life, after being cast as Tony Danza's daughter on Who’s The Boss? Milano grew up on the show, becoming something of a teen idol on the sitcom that ran for almost a decade, not just in the United States but also in many other countries including Italy. After Milano grew up and her looks changed she was lucky not to fall into the pit that many child stars do. Instead Alyssa kept getting work in movies and television. Starting with Commando opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and culminating in her latest, Hall Pass alongside Owen Wilson. Milano has racked up over 30 film credits, although her true fame comes from her TV roles on shows like Charmed, My Name is Earl and the more recent Romantically Challenged.
Television seems to bring Milano closer to her fans, and she appears more comfortable in recurring roles, as her internal qualities and external beauty have the proper time to charm the audience and grow from within. This is the fate of many actors that are fit more for the smaller screen, although they would hardly admit to that. Great examples in the past were Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, and Patrick Duffy, just to mention a few.
One of the strengths of Alyssa Milano's is her beauty and her natural irony, which make her very amiable and very funny, so that she's somewhere between the sex symbol and the girl next door. Beside Milano’s clear artistic talent, the actress has also proven to be a very smart businesswoman, developing projects with several sports teams and wisely investing her money. Besides acting and business, Alyssa has always been very sensitive to social issues and charity, often giving away large sums of money and being an active ambassador for UNICEF, following a very admirable trend of modern stars, like Angelina Jolie and Bono, to give back to the community and the world in general.
Alyssa Milano started as an 80s icon and has developed into a dependable actress where beauty, talent and comedic timing are concerned. Milano is another in a long line of Italian-Americans that have affected pop culture and the entertainment world.