Ian Ziering praises 'resilient' Shannen Doherty during breast cancer battle: 'That woman is really a fighter'

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Ian Ziering praised "resilient" Shannen Doherty during her stage 4 cancer journey. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Ian Ziering praised “resilient” Shannen Doherty during her stage 4 cancer journey. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

It’s been 30 years because the series premiere of Beverly Hills, 90210, but Shannen Doherty and Ian Ziering remain tight. Actually, Ziering is her biggest fan.

“You understand, Shannen is indeed resilient,” Ziering told E! News on Friday. “EASILY was ever likely to war, I’d want her on my side, because that woman is really a fighter and she gets it done.”

Doherty, 49, has been fighting breast cancer since 2015 – she underwent chemotherapy, radiation and an individual mastectomy and in 2017, her cancer went into remission. However this season, it returned as stage IV.

“It will come out in just a matter of days or perhaps a week that – I’m stage four,” the actress told Good Morning America in February. “So my cancer returned. So in retrospect I’m here…I don’t believe I’ve processed it. It is a bitter pill to swallow in plenty of ways.”

Doherty has shared both uplifting and difficult moments on social media marketing: dance videos with her mother Rosa, tributes to photographer Kurt Iswarienko, her husband of nine years and emotional images of her hair thinning, the consequence of chemotherapy.

Ziering, who joined his former cast mates for the 2019 reboot series, BH: 90210, told E! News that he’s been texting with Doherty. “She’s handling and managing to the very best of her ability [and] knowing Shannen, she’s got her finger on the heartbeat of regardless of the cutting-edge science is and I’m really not too worried it because she’s doing great.”

The cast of "Beverly Hills, 90210": Gabrielle Carteris, Jeannie Garth, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green. (Photo: mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)The cast of "Beverly Hills, 90210": Gabrielle Carteris, Jeannie Garth, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green. (Photo: mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)
The cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210”: Gabrielle Carteris, Jeannie Garth, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green. (Photo: mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)

This week, Doherty told Elle that she’s been savoring simple moments and thinking positivity, although that took a little. When she first received her diagnosis, she questioned herself.

“I was like, ‘OK, do I’ve good karma? Do I’ve bad karma? Why would I’ve bad karma?’” she said. “I started taking stock of my entire life and the items I’d done, and the items I hadn’t done. How I was with people.”

Controversy has followed Doherty throughout her successful television career, including feuds with her 90210 co-star Jeannie Garth (who played Kelly Taylor, companion to Doherty’s Brenda Walsh) and turning up late to the set. In 2019, Doherty told People that she’s “felt misunderstood my very existence” because of dealing with her father’s health issues.

The actress also told Elle that she joined the show’s reboot with persuasion from 90210 co-star Brian Austin Greene also to pay tribute to actor Luke Perry (he played Brenda’s boyfriend Dylan McKay), who died of a stroke this past year. Even though reboot was canceled after one season, Doherty said she was grateful to reconnect with the cast from the new perspective.

The feeling was mutual – in 2016, when Doherty couldn’t attend a 90210 reunion at RewindCon in Bloomingdale, Ill., because of medical appointments, the cast showered her with praise.

“None folks are up here today without Shannen,” said Perry, per ABC News. “She’s experienced a whole lot. She’s not successful at this time but sometimes her contributions are minimized. She’s been thrown beneath the bus. I’ve been accused of driving it. But she’s an extremely big area of the success of the show. She taught me a whole lot. I’m glad she was my scene partner. She was great at what she did in the type with me.”

And Garth posted an Instagram photo that read, “Fight Such as a Brenda” writing that Doherty was her “soul sister.”

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