Gift HorseBackground: "I think there's a bad karma attached to an actor wanting to get out of a successful show. It's like looking a gift horse in the mouth,and I just can't condone it in any way." Holly Marie CombsPetite 5' 3" Holly Marie Combs has carved a niche in the entertainment business as a television actor. First gaining notice asTom Skerritt's television daughter in Picket Fences, Holly would later land the role of Piper Halliwell in the popular series Charmed. Thecharacter, one of three sisters with magical powers, gained popularity, and a new husband, Charmed's very own key grip David W.Donoho. On April 26, 2004, Holly gave birth to her first child, Finley ArthurDonoho. "As long as there's still an interest and as long as people are stillcoming up to me and saying, `I love your show,' it's easy to stay interested. In my personal life my priorities have shifted. I have ason. But as long as I can make time for him, I'm OK." Holly Marie CombsErnie's ProtégéChildhood and Family: Holly Marie Combs was born on December 3, 1973 in San Diego, California. Although her mother, Lauralei Combs, has a less than"charmed" career (uncredited part in two films, guest appearance on TV's Charmed) Holly's destiny seems a bit more magical. A student ofrespected acting teacher Ernie Martin (Professional Children's School, NY) Holly's career really began to bloom in 1992 with the role ofKimberly in television's drama Picket Fences (1992-1996)."I was the product of very young parents, and they had wild ways. Mymother was in a punk band. Rebelling would have been learning to play piano." Holly Marie CombsHolly was formerly married to actor Bryan Smith (1993-1997) thenmarried special effects and key grip, David W. Donoho, on Valentine's Day, 2004. Their son Finley Arthur Donoho was born April 26, 2004.CharmedCareer: Before Holly Marie Combs began carving a name for herself as Kimberly Brock in the TV series Picket Fences, her career started with suchfilm work as Debs Boon in Sweet Hearts Dance (1988), starring Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon and Jeff Daniels, a few uncredited roles, Kimin Simple Men (1992), Jennifer Campbell in the tragic flop of a film Dr. Giggles (1992) and Diana in Chain of Desire (1992). More roles oflow stature would continue until Holly again would hit the jackpot. Holly's resume includes work in A Reason to Believe (1995), TV's APerfect Stranger (1994), Sins of Silence (1996), Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997), Daughters (1997) and See JaneDate (2003).Holly struck gold when cast as one of the three sisters in television's popular fantasy series Charmed. The series is stillbeing aired today.