Full Name: Brooke Christa Shields
Birth Date: May 31, 1965
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Quote: "I'm always amazed when people assume things about me - that foul language must upset me, or someone's being gay must upset me. They think, 'O-o-oh, she's the most celebrated virgin.' And really, I was surrounded by such an eclectic group of people my whole life."
Brooke Shields Biography
Brooke Christa Shields was born May 31, 1965, in New York, NY. The daughter of now divorced Frank and Teri, a former Revlon executive and model, it seems that Brooke had modeling written all over her. As her manager, Brooke's mother wasted no time getting her started in the industry, and at 11 months, Brooke posed in commercials for Ivory Snow. Although it didn't take much convincing to see that Brooke had the natural beauty necessary to model, her mother's aggressiveness and persuasive attitude helped launch Brooke's career. She was a popular model by the age of 12, and she would soon have acting on her portfolio.
After her film debut in Alice, Sweet Alice, Brooke was cast as child prostitute Violet in Louis Malle's 1978 film, Pretty Baby. Her questionable nude scene at the age of 13 caused an uproar, and what turned out to be a lot of free publicity for the film, thanks to fundamentalist and anti-pornography organizations.
Brooke's trademark eyebrows were becoming recognized on TV, what with appearances on shows such as The Doctors and The Muppet Show, as well as on the big screen with roles in Tilt and King of the Gypsies. But it was in 1980 that she would star as Emmeline, in her claim to fame film, The Blue Lagoon. In The Blue Lagoon, her hair was allegedly taped to her breasts so that they wouldn't be fully exposed on film.
Brooke may have been one of the 12 "Most Promising New Actors of 1978" according to John Willis' Screen World, but the rest of her acting career didn't do much to prove that she was more than a pretty face. Not only is Brooke considered a pretty face, but she was even hailed as Time magazine's "Face of the '80s", thanks to the memorable The Blue Lagoon and her provocative ads for Calvin Klein jeans, proving that nothing could come between her and her Calvins. Something did, however, come between her and her acting career, when she took a hiatus in the '80s to attend Princeton University and receive her B.A. in French literature, after roles in Endless Love and Sahara.
Brooke did random television stints in features such as Change of Heart and The Diamond Trap; the title role in 1989's Brenda Starr; and a cameo in Speed Zone!. She was on the Hollywood scene but was never a memorable presence, until her role as Joey Tribbiani's stalker in a 1996 Friends star-studded episode.
In 1996, Brooke was cast as the naïve Susan Keane Browne in the NBC sitcom, Suddenly Susan. During her 4-year gig as suddenly klutzy Susan, Brooke had other things on her plate, such as a role in the documentary, Scratching the Surface, along with Bridget Fonda and Whitney Houston, and parts in the box-office blunders The Weekend, Black and White (co-starring Robert Downey Jr. and Claudia Schiffer), and The Bachelor (co-starring Renee Zellweger and Chris O'Donnell).
Brooke may not have gained much recognition for many of her roles, but she did receive the People's Choice Award for Favorite Female in a New Series, for Suddenly Susan, as well as the more prestigious Theater World Award in 1995, for her turn as rebellious Rizzo in the Broadway rendition of Grease, for which she received critical accolades.
The leggy actress has seen a lot of turbulence in her personal life. She dated Liam Neeson, John F. Kennedy Jr., Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson, and Dean Cain, was married to tennis pro Andre Agassi for two years, and is now married to TV writer Chris Henchy.
Brooke went on to make several guest appearances on Just Shoot Me, as well as appearing in the 2001 film After Sex, and the made-for-TV movies What Makes a Family and Widows.
Brooke is currently living with her husband and their daughters Rowan Francis (born 2003) and Grier Hammond (born 4.18.2006).
Brooke Shields Filmography
The Last Guy on Earth (2006)
- Cindy Plumb (2006) TV Episode
Bob the Butler (2005) (TV) .... Anne Jamieson
The Easter Egg Adventure (2004) (voice) .... Horrible Harriet Hare
"That '70s Show" .... Pamela Burkhart
Mariti in affitto (2004) .... Charlene Taylor
... aka Our Italian Husband (USA)
"I'm with Her"
- Poison Ivy (2004) TV Episode .... Ivy Tyler
Gone But Not Forgotten (2004) (TV) .... Betsy Tannenbaum
"Gary the Rat"
- Future Ex-Wife (2003) TV Episode (voice) .... Harrison's Wife
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids (2003) (TV) (voice) .... Miss Spider
"Widows" (2002) (mini) TV Series .... Shirley Heller
"Just Shoot Me!"
- Erlene and Boo (2001) TV Episode .... Erlene Noodleman, Nina's Sister
What Makes a Family (2001) (TV) .... Janine Nielssen
After Sex (2000) .... Kate
"Suddenly Susan" .... Susan Keane
The Bachelor (1999) .... Buckley Hale-Windsor
Black and White (1999) .... Sam Donager
The Weekend (1999) .... Nina
The Misadventures of Margaret (1998) .... Lily
... aka Folies de Margaret, Les (France)
The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery (1998) (TV) .... Cyndee Lafrance
- The One After the Superbowl (1996) TV Episode .... Erika Ford
Freeway (1996) .... Mimi Wolverton
Nothing Lasts Forever (1995) (TV) .... Dr. Beth Taft
Amore americano, Un (1994) (TV) .... Greta
... aka An American Love (USA)
The Seventh Floor (1994) .... Kate Fletcher
"Tales from the Crypt"
... aka HBO's Tales from the Crypt
- Came the Dawn (1993) TV Episode .... Norma
Freaked (1993) .... Skye Daley
... aka Hideous Mutant Freekz
I Can Make You Love Me (1993) (TV) .... Laura Black
... aka Stalking Laura (UK)
- Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 (1992) TV Episode .... Vanessa Foster
Running Wild (1992/I) .... Christine Shaye
... aka Born Wild
Backstreet Dreams (1990) .... Stevie
... aka Backstreet Strays
- Episode 1.20 (????) TV Episode
Brenda Starr (1989) .... Brenda Starr
Speed Zone! (1989) .... Stewardess/Herself
... aka Cannonball Fever
The Diamond Trap (1988) (TV) .... Tara Holden
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) .... Customer in Pete's
Wet Gold (1984) (TV) .... Laura
Sahara (1983) .... Dale
Endless Love (1981) .... Jade Butterfield
The Blue Lagoon (1980) .... Emmeline
Just You and Me, Kid (1979) .... Kate
Wanda Nevada (1979) .... Wanda Nevada
Tilt (1979) .... Tilt (Brenda Louise Davenport)
Pretty Baby (1978) .... Violet
King of the Gypsies (1978) .... Tita
The Prince of Central Park (1977) (TV) .... Kristin
Communion (1976) .... Karen Spages
... aka Alice, Sweet Alice (USA: reissue title)
... aka Holy Terror (USA: cut version)
After the Fall (1974) (TV) .... Quentin's Daughter
"The Doctors" (1963) TV Series .... Elizabeth Harrington (198?)
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