American actress, known for her sex-appeal and contribution to independent cinema. Born September 5, 1973, to Terri and Daniel McGowan (of French and Irish origin, respectively), Rose Arianna McGowan is the second eldest of six siblings. She was raised within the Italian chapter of the Children of God, an extremist Christian cult.
In 2001, a new period began in McGowan's career when star Shanen Doherty left the hit WB show Charmed, leaving directors looking for a witchy, raven-haired actress to replace her. McGowan joined costars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs and found no trouble connecting with the show's fans, staying with the series for five years--two years longer than her predecessor. As the show was wrapping up in 2006. McGowan signed up for another role that fit perfectly with her screen image. Dark, sexy, and kitschy beyond a shadow of a doubt, the over-the-top flick Grindhouse would pair the actress with directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, who would each direct a full length film for the double feature.
Through her father’s contacts in the art industry, Rose became a child model at the age of three and appeared in Vogue Bambini and various other Italian magazines. She showed exceptional intelligence from an early age. McGowan learned to read at three and by the time she was six, she was already reading "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart”. She was also a very stressed out child who possessed an eye for injustice. “Apparently, I'd get very angry if my dad wasn't treating my mom right, or if I saw any injustice.” The legend tells that McGowan’s father left her mother for the nanny when Rose was nine years old and they divorced shortly after.