Shannen Doherty makes first red carpet appearance since announcing breast cancer battle

Just months ago she revealed she was battling breast cancer.

And Shannen Doherty bravely made her first post-diagnosis red carpet appearance in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Beverly Hills 90210 favourite seemed excited to be stepping out in public, and even managed to raise a smile at the Baby2Baby Gala despite her ongoing legal fight with with her former manager over allegedly unpaid health insurance premiums.

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Under strain: Shannen Doherty made her first post-cancer diagnosis red carpet appearance in LA on Saturday

Under strain: Shannen Doherty made her first post-cancer diagnosis red carpet appearance in LA on Saturday

The 44-year-old Charmed actress, who appeared a little drawn, stepped out in an elegant black Vera Wang dress, which was garnished by a dark coloured leather belt. 

Shannen was full of praise for her fellow attendees, and revealed she had a great time when she posted about the event on social media.

She said: 'Such a wonderful evening with inspiring women like @kerrywashington who gave one of the most inspiring speeches and the gorgeous, funny @jessicaalba check out #baby2baby an organization that helps supply necessities for children coming from low income or no income families. 

Thankful: The  star praised her fellow attendees and her styling team on social media

Thankful: The star praised her fellow attendees and her styling team on social media

Raising a smile: The Charmed actress was pleased after bedazzling attendees in this Vera Wang gown

Raising a smile: The Charmed actress was pleased after bedazzling attendees in this Vera Wang gown

'Thank you @aliparkerkay for inviting me and letting me be a part of your table filled with such great women.

She also praised her styling team, adding: 'And thanks #verawang for making such a comfortable yet stylish dress! Thanks to the amazing @debwakninstylist for years of friendship and her expertise.'

Shannen announced her illness in August, saying in a statement: 'Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment. I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life.

Bewitching: Shannen had a massive TV hit when she starred in Charmed from 1998 until 2001

Bewitching: Shannen had a massive TV hit when she starred in Charmed from 1998 until 2001

'I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me.'

She spoke out after legal documents were unearthed that showed she was engaging in a battle with her former business manager as he had alleged not paid her health insurance premiums.

According to the papers her cancer could have potentially been stopped by gentler treatment if it had been diagnosed earlier, which would have alleviated the need for a mastectomy and chemotherapy.

Breakthrough role: She shot to worldwide fame after appearing alongside Jennie Garth in Beverly Hills 90210

Breakthrough role: She shot to worldwide fame after appearing alongside Jennie Garth in Beverly Hills 90210

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