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Shannen Doherty high and dry after shark scare

October 6, 2008 | 10:34 am

Shannen Doherty

Outposts is not big on the gossip scene but we hear, through a reliable source, that actress Shannen Doherty is deathly afraid of the ocean after a fright-filled run-in with sharks.

This is a shame because Doherty, who starred in "Charmed" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," still owns a home in Malibu and several surfboards.

Her fear stems from a cage-diving trip two years ago off Hawaii. Sharks began circling the submerged cage and Doherty’s heart leaped about.

She recalled the incident in a recent interview with Details magazine.

"I couldn’t breathe, I started having an anxiety attack, I couldn’t stay out of their reach," she said. "They were slamming into the cage — they looked so frickin’ mean! My leg slipped a little through the bars, and a shark swam up against me and rubbed off a layer of my skin."

Responded Details: "Doherty, who’s reprising the role of Brenda on the CW’s revival of `90210,' could look at her shark-cage experience as an apt metaphor for her twenties — not-so-tender years marked by catfights, nude photo spreads, a turn leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the 1992 Republican National Convention, and a slew of ill-chosen male companions.”

Doherty concluded: "Well, I’ll go to the beach and I’ll wade up to my knees. But I’m not going to start swimming again."

-- Pete Thomas

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