Brooke Shields

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Born Brooke Christa Shields, on May 31, 1965, in New York City, Brook Shields was a child actress whose stunning looks catapulted her to one of the most sought after talents of her time.

Best known for her Calvin Klein jeans commercials – uttering that famous catch phrase “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing,” Brooke was successful on many levels of artistry including television, high fashion modeling, and film.  In fact some of Brooke’s memorable projects include:  The Blue Lagoon, Pretty Baby, and Endless Love. 

She was also a part of a highly successful television show – Suddenly Susan.

With fame, came trial and tribulation, all of which Brooke was a part of during her adolescent and adult life. 

Early Life & Modeling Career

Brooke, who was represented by Ford Modeling Agency, landed her first job at the age of 11 months, appearing in an Ivory Soap commercial.

At the age of 14, Brook was the youngest female to ever appear on the cover of the fashion magazine Vogue.  During the same time, Brooke appeared in a number of Calvin Klein commercials tagging that famous phrase “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”

By the early 1980s Brooke and her mother, Teri Shields, were involved in litigation involving provocative photographs which were to appear in a book titled Sugar and Spice, published by Playboy Press. 

Because Brooke was considered a “model” and not a “child performer,” she was not to be protected under those laws which protect child performers from being exploited.  The court ruled in the photographer’s favor.

Also during the 1980s, Brooke, who was a permanent fixture at New York’s famed night club Studio 54, toured with legendary comedian Bob Hope, in support of the United Service Organizations (USO.)

By the time Brooke was 16, she had appeared on the cover of the September issue of Paris Vogue, the October and November issues of American Vogue and the December edition of Italian Vogue.

In 1987 Brooke received her bachelor’s degree in French literature from Princeton University.

Film

In 1978, Brooke landed her first major file role in Paramount Pictures’ Pretty Baby opposite actors Keith Carradine and Susan Sarandon.

There was much controversy surrounding this film as many questioned Brooke’s age during the filming (many believed she was 11 or 12) as scenes from the movie depicted Brooke in a pornographic nature.

Brooke’s next films were released in 1979:   United Artists’ Wanda Nevada, opposite Henry Fonda and Peter Fonda; Tilt and Just You and Me Kid, starring the legendary George Burns and Burl Ives.

In 1980, Brooke struck box office gold with her performance as Emmeline Lestrange in Columbia Pictures’ The Blue Lagoon.  Brooke’s character would have to perform a number of love scenes on a tropical island.

She would later have to testify before a U.S. Congressional inquiry that body doubles whom were older than she were used in some of the nude scenes.

Brooke would also star in:  Endless Love (1981), Sahara (1983) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).

After Brooke’s performance in The Blue Lagoon though, she would win the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Young Performer for four successive years beginning from 1981 thru 1984.

Television

Brooke appeared in a variety of television shows.  In fact, in 1980-81, she was the youngest person to ever star on the hit British television series The Muppet Show and ABCs Fridays.

Other appearances include:  NBCs Saturday Night Live (1981), The Doctors (1982), Wet Gold (1984), The Diamond Trap (1988), Quantum Leap (1992), Tales From the Crypt (1993), Friends (1996).

In 1996, Brooke landed the lead role as Susan Keane, in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.  The show would be a success for Brooke and the studio, until the 2nd season when NBC decided to move the show to Monday nights.

The show was up against the hit sitcom Cosby.  Suddenly Susan never seemed to find its Monday night audience.  The show which at its height ranked #3, barely registered in the top 100 by season 4.

With a huge drop in ratings and popularity, this prompted NBC to pull it from the prime-time lineup with four episodes left unaired in June 2000.  The final quartet of shows aired in marathon form during the NBC All Night block from 2:00 to 4:00 am (EST) on the morning of December 26, 2000.

In 2001, Lifetime network aired the television movie What Makes a Family.  Brooke starred in this true story of two married lesbian mothers and a baby versus the adoption laws of Florida.

Brooke would continue working, appearing in a host of popular television shows including:  Just Shoot Me!, That 70s Show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Nip/Tuck, Two and a Half Me and Hannah Montana.

In 2008, Brooke was cast as Wendy Healy, the lead character in NBCs dramedy Lipstick Jungle.  Due to low ratings, the show was canceled after just one season.

Theatre

Brooke has appeared in several Broadway productions including:  Grease, as Betty Rizzo (1994), Cabaret (2001), Wonderful Town i(2004-05), Chicago (on Broadway and London) and The Addams Family (2011).

Personal Life

Brooke has been involved in a few high-profiled relationships including one with Michael Jackson. Brooke met Jackson in 1981 at the Academy Awards, while escorting Diana Ross.

Jackson reminisces about Brooke in a 2001 conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach:

“That was one of the loves of my life. I think she loved me as much as I loved her, you know? We dated a lot. We, we went out a lot. Her pictures were all over my wall, my mirror, everything. And I went to the Academy Awards with Diana Ross and this girl walks up to me and says “Hi, I’m Brooke Shields.” Then she goes “Are you going to the after-party?” I go, “Yeah.” “Good, I’ll see you at the party.”

I’m going “Oh my God, does she know she’s all over my room?” So we go the after-party. She comes up to me she goes, “Will you dance with me?”  I went, “Yes. I will dance with you.” Man, we exchanged numbers and I was up all night, singing, spinning around my room, just so happy. It was great.”

Brooke would later speak at Jackson’s memorial service on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, stating:

“Thinking back to when we met and the many times that we spent together and whenever we were out together, there would be a caption of some kind, and the caption usually said something like ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair,’ but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships… Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond… Both of us needed to be adults very early, but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun.”

In her eulogy speech, she shared a humorous story of an occasion in which she was Jackson’s date for one of Elizabeth Taylor’s weddings, and the pair sneaked into Taylor’s room to get the first look at her dress, only to discover Taylor fast asleep in her bed.

Brooke has been married twice.   After a romance which began in 1993, she married professional tennis player Angre Agassi on April 19, 1997.  The two were granted an annulment on April 9, 1999.

Television writer Chris Henchy met Brooke through mutual friends in 1999 – the two married on April 4, 2001.  They share two daughters:  Rowan Francis (b May 15, 2003) and Grier Hammond (b April 18, 2006.)

Postpartum Depression

Brooke spoke in detail to The Oprah Winfrey Show during the spring of 2005, publicizing her struggles with postpartum depression.  Brooke confessed that her depression included suicidal tendencies; the inability to respond to her baby’s needs; and delayed maternal bonding.

In fact, Brook writes about her experiences in Down Came the Rain, a book she released in 2005.  The book also takes a hard, honest look at what she and many other women experience after childbirth.

During Brook’s publicity tour in 2005, actor Tom Cruise, a prodigy of Scientology, criticized Brook, both professionally and personally, for supporting the antidepressant drug Paxil.  Cruise said:  “Here is a woman and I care about Brooke Shields, because I think she is an incredibly talented woman, you look at [and think], where has her career gone?”

Brook shot back at Cruise, stating his remarks were “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”  She also said that he should “stick to fighting aliens” – referencing his blockbuster hit War of the Worlds. 

Cruise privately apologized to Brook for the incident and Brook accepted, noting that his apology was “heartfelt.” Three months later, she and her husband attended the wedding of Cruise and Katie Holmes, in November, 2006.

Since then, Brooke has commented on the drug stating:  “With a doctor’s care, I have since tapered off the medication but, without it, I wouldn’t have become the loving parent I am today.”

Brooke, her husband and children reside in the state of New York.

Filmography

Film

Year

Film

Role

Notes

1976 Alice, Sweet Alice Karen Spages Alternative titles: Communion
Holy Terror
1978 Pretty Baby Violet
King of the Gypsies Tita
1979 Tilt Tilt
Wanda Nevada Wanda Nevada
Just You and Me, Kid Kate
1980 The Blue Lagoon Emmeline Lestrange
1981 Endless Love Jade Butterfield
1983 Sahara Dale
1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan Customer
1989 Speed Zone! Stewardess Alternative title: Cannonball Fever
Brenda Starr Brenda Starr
1990 Backstreet Dreams Stevie Alternative title: Backstreet Strays
1992 Running Wild Christine Shaye Alternative title: Born Wild
1993 Freaked Skye Daley Alternative titles: Freak Show
Hideous Mutant Freekz
1994 The Postgraduate Fantasy Wife
The Seventh Floor Kate Fletcher
1996 Freeway Mimi Wolverton
1998 The Misadventures of Margaret Lily
1999 The Weekend Nina
Black and White Sam Donager
The Bachelor Buckley Hale-Windsor
1999 The Disenchanted Forest Herself
2000 After Sex Kate
2004 Our Italian Husband Charlene Taylor Alternative title: Mariti in affitto
The Easter Egg Adventure Horrible Harriet Hare
2005 Bob the Butler Anne Jamieson
2007 National Lampoon’s Bag Boy Mrs. Hart
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Carol Ferris Direct-to-DVD release
The Midnight Meat Train Susan Hoff
Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show Ruby Bear
2010 Furry Vengeance Tammy Sanders
The Other Guys Herself
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Madame Varcolac Television Movie
2011 Chalet Girl Caroline

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1974 After the Fall Quentin’s Daughter Television movie
1977 The Prince of Central Park Kristin Television movie
1982 The Doctors Elizabeth Harrington Unknown episodes
1984 Wet Gold Laura Television movie
1988 The Diamond Trap Tara Holden Television movie
1992 Quantum Leap Vanessa Foster Episode: “Leaping of the Shrew”
1993 I Can Make You Love Me Laura Black Television movie
Alternative title: Stalking Laura
1993 Tales from the Crypt Norma 1 episode
1994 An American Love Greta 1 episode
1995 Nothing Lasts Forever Dr. Beth Taft Television movie
1996 Friends Erika Ford 1 episode
1996–2000 Suddenly Susan Susan Keane 93 episodes, producer
1998 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery Cyndee Lafrance Television movie
2001 What Makes a Family Janine Nielssen Television movie
Just Shoot Me! Erlene Noodleman 1 episode
2003 Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids Miss Spider Television movie
Gary the Rat Cassandra Harrison 1 episode
2004 Gone, But Not Forgotten Betsy Tannenbaum Television movie
I’m with Her Ivy Tyler 1 episode
That 70s Show Pamela Burkhart 7 episodes
2005 New Car Smell April Television movie
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kelly Sloane-Raines 1 episode
Nip/Tuck Faith Wolper 3 episodes
2007 Two and a Half Men Danielle Stewert 1 episode
The Batman Julie 1 episode
2007–2009 Hannah Montana Susan Stewart 3 episodes
2008 Widows Shirley Heller 1 episode
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Wendy Healy 20 episodes
2010 The Middle Rita Glossner 2 episodes
Who Do You Think You Are? Herself 1 episode