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Birth Name: Brooke Christa Shields
Date of Birth: May 31, 1965
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Best Known For: The 1980 film The Blue Lagoon and 1990s TV show Suddenly Susan
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Brooke Shields was born on May 31, 1965, in New York City. Her father, Frank Shields, was a Revlon executive and her mother, Terri, was a model. She has 3 half sisters: Marina, Cristiana and Olympia. She also has half brothers and a step sister named Diana.
Shields attended and graduated from Dwight Englewood High school, in Englewood New Jersey, where she was a cheerleader. She then studied at Princeton and graduated in 1988 with a degree in French Literature, with a minor in Italian. While at Princeton, Shields dated Dean Cain.
Shields began her modeling career when she was only 11 months old, when she appeared in an Ivory Snow advertisement. She made the cover of Vogue at age 14, and graced their cover a total of 13 times between 1980 and 1987. Between the years of 1980 and 1985, she appeared on more than 300 magazine covers internationally. At age 15, she became the youngest model ever to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan. By the age of 16, Shields had appeared on the cover of every major fashion magazine including; Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, and Vogue.
In 1978, Shields made her film debut in Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby and followed it up with her claim-to-fame role in The Blue Lagoon (1980) and then Endless Love (1981). Meanwhile, Shields became well known for her advertisements for Calvin Klein jeans, in which she spoke the tagline "that nothing comes between me and my Calvins." Shields also endorsed Breck shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, and Band Aids.
Critics who claimed that Shields was more celebrity than actress were delighted when she flopped in Sahara (1983) and Brenda Starr (1989). Shields cut back on her acting to attend Princeton University. After graduating, she authored her much-publicized autobiography, On Your Own.
Shields starred in a string of unmemorable TV-movies following college, before landing the title role in Suddenly Susan in 1996. With a great time slot between Seinfeld and ER, the show achieved moderate success and was later moved to Monday nights, where it began to struggle in the ratings. The show was cancelled in 2000. Before its end, the show earned Shields a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series in 1997.
After Suddenly Susan Shields starred in several independent films, including James Toback's Black and White (2000), co-starring Robert Downey Jr. Shields then played a snooty socialite opposite Chris O'Donnell in 1999's The Bachelor. In the film The Weekend (filmed in 1998 but released in 2000), she was cast as a daughter who constantly disappoints her critical mother (Gena Rowlands) while the 2001 Lifetime TV movie What Makes a Family offered her a juicy role as a lesbian single parent. Shields was next seen in two miniseries: Widows in 2002 as the low-rent actress Shirley, and Gone But Not Forgotten in 2004, as a female lawyer who defends a mogul accused of being a serial killer. She also enjoyed a recurring role as the vain Pamela Burkhart, mother of Mila Kunis' character Jackie on the popular Fox sitcom That 70s Show beginning in 2004.
In 2005, Shields released her memoir Down Came the Rain, which chronicled her struggles with post-partum depression, including becoming dependant on anti-depressant Paxil, following the birth of her daughter Rowan in 2003. The sparked an odd public war of words with her and Tom Cruise, who in an interview with Access Hollywood denounced Shields' use of medication--in line with the teachings of the Church of Scientology, he suggested that vitamins would have been a sufficient cure--and took a swipe at the state of her career. Shields fired back, calling his comments "dangerous" and suggested that people shouldn't take advice from someone who devotes his life to a worship of aliens. The dispute was settled when Cruise came to her home in 2006 and personally apologized to her for his criticism. Touched the gesture, she accepted his apology.
The actress also had a string of successful stints on stage, beginning with her off-Broadway debut performance as Suzanne in The Eden Cinema in 1986. Later in her career, she wowed skeptical critics with her replacement stint as Rizzo in the revival of Grease in 1995. Following a 2001 Los Angeles performance in The Vagina Monologues. Shields was tapped to play Sally Bowls in Cabaret with Broadway's Roundabout Theatre Company that same year. In 2003 Shields appeared, while pregnant, in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated, a piece based on interviews with death row inmates. She next starred as Ruth Sherwood in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Wonderful Town at the Martin Beck Theatre in 2004 and made her London stage debut playing Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago in 2005.
In 2006, Shields made an appearance on the hit show Nip/Tuck and will next be seen in the comedy The Last Guy on Earth with Yasmine Bleeth.Shields married tennis star Andre Agassi in April 1997. They separated less than two years later, and the marriage was annulled in April 1999. In April 2001, Shields married ex-Suddenly Susan writer Chris Henchy. The couple have two daughters; Rowan Francis, (b.May 15, 2003) and Grier Hammond, (born April 18, 2006).
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