9021-Oh, the Drama! Jennie Garth Dishes on Feud With Shannen Doherty
Shannen Doherty and Jenny Garth on 'Beverly Hills, 90210.' (Everett Collection)
The lights at the Peach Pit dimmed more than a decade ago, but we'll never tire of hearing about behind-the-scenes drama on the set of "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Jennie Garth has a dishy new memoir, "Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde," in which the mom of three talks about moving on from her divorce from Peter Facinelli and her first marriage to musician Dan Clark, whom she left for the "Twilight" star. The 41-year-old also spills secrets from her days as Kelly Taylor on the '90s teen drama, dishing about Shannen Doherty (Brenda) and their real-life rivalry, as well as her other famous castmates, including Luke Perry (Dylan), Jason Priestley (Brandon), Tori Spelling (Donna), and Ian Ziering (Steve).
Garth on Shannen Doherty: "I don't know why it is, but there is a universal truth that when you put three teenage girls together, some serious s--t is going to go down," she wrote, referring to Doherty and Spelling. "[Shannen] had opinions about a lot of things, including the writing, the wardrobe, you name it. And she wasn't afraid to share them, even if it meant sounding like a complete and utter b----."
Garth described their personalities like "gasoline and a match" and talked about the rumor that they had a catfight. The incident occurred when Doherty, trying to break Garth's concentration while shooting a scene, pulled up the blonde's skirt, exposing "my bare a-- … for everyone to see."
"I yelled at her, something to the effect of, 'Come on, b---- — we're taking this outside.' I strode off the set and out into the dingy, crappy parking lot. Shannon was right behind me and behind her were the rest of the cast and a lot of the crew," she recalled. "We were throwing F-bombs and insults at each other like it was World War III." However, "Before we could kill each other, Luke and Jason dived into the middle of it and pulled us apart. It was ridiculous."
Then one day, in 1994, Doherty left the set and never returned. Garth, who now counts Doherty as a close friend, remained on the show until it ended in 2000.
"Without warning, she was gone. There was no goodbye, no nothing. One day she just wasn't on the call sheet." So what did she do? Garth immediately took her dressing room, which was the most coveted one. "I wrapped my boombox in a blanket and scurried down the hall, checking over my shoulder to make sure no one saw me take possession of this vacant nook."