Brooke Shields Biography | Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields (Brook Christa Shields) is an American model and actress. She gained praise at age 12 when she was a child model and participated in Louis Malle’s film titled Pretty Baby. She played as a child prostitute in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. She gained fame in the role and continued to model up to her late teenage years.
She suspended her modeling career in 1983 in order to pursue higher education. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages.
She later returned to acting in the 1990s and appeared in minor role films. She starred in ‘Suddenly Susan,’ the NBC sitcoms which saw her receive two Golden Globe nominations and Lipstick Jungle.
Shields returned to NBC in 2007 with a major recurring role in ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’ in it’s 19th season. Since 2014, Shields has voiced Beverly Goodman in the Adult Swim animated series Mr. Pickles.
Brooke Shields Age
Brooke was born on May 31, 1965, in Manhattan, New York. She is 53 years old as of 2018.
Brooke Shields Family
Brooke Shields is the daughter of Frank and Teri Shields. She is also a granddaughter to Francis Xavier Shields and Donna Marina Torlonia. She has three sisters; Olympia Shields, Marina Shields, and Christina Shields. She also has a brother; Thomas Gore Auchincloss Jr.
Brooke Shields Husband
Brooke first got married to tennis player Andre Agassi in 1997 but unfortunately divorced him in 1999. She then got married to Chris Henchy, a television writer, in 2001. They are married up to date.
Brooke Shields Children | Brooke Shields Kids
Shields has two daughters with Chris; Rowan (14) and her youngest Grier (11)
Brooke Shields Education
Shields attended Princeton University in 1983 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages.
Brooke Shields Career
Brooke began her modelling career when she was 11 months old in 1966. She first worked for Ivory Soap when she was shot by Francesco Scavullo. She thereafter successfully grew fame. When Shields was 12 years old, she played a child prostitute in ‘Pretty Baby,’ the controversial film.
At only 14 years old, Shields became the youngest fashion model to appear on the cover of Vogue, the famous magazine. She again appeared in an advertisement on TV for Calvin Klein jeans.
Shields, her mother, photographer Garry Gross and Playboy Press were involved in cases from 1981 to 1983 in New York City over Photograph rights signed by her mother away to Gross; he was the photographer of a controversial set of nude images taken in 1975 of a then ten-year-old Brooke Shields with the consent of her mother, Teri Shields, for the Playboy Press publication Sugar ‘n’ Spice.
By 16 years, Shields was one of the most famous faces in the United States because of her dual career as an actress and a fashion model. She again appeared on the cover of Paris Vogue (September issue), American Vogue (October and November issues), and the Italian Vogue (December issue)
Her first major film role was where she played Violet in the film ‘Pretty Baby.’ She was only 12 when the film was released. However, controversy regarding child pornography arose. ‘Wanda Neva,’ a less notable and less controversial film was released thereafter.
In 1980, She starred in ‘Blue Lagoon,’ arguably her best known film. She also starred in ‘Endless Love,’ which was given an X rating by the MPAA and later R rated after re-editing was done. Shields won Favorite Young Performer in the People’s Choice Award for four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984.
Shields became the youngest guest star to appear on The Muppet Show in 1980. She was also the youngest person to host ABC’s Fridays, a Saturday Night Live-like sketch comedy show, in 1981.
In the early 1980s, Shields starred in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Public Service Announcement (PSA) which was sponsored by the American Lung Association as an initiative that VIPs should become examples and advocates of non-smoking. In the mid-1980s, Brooke began her support of the USO by touring with Bob Hope.
Brooke made a number of appearances in several TV shows where she played different characters, such as Hannah Montana (2007) and Two and a Half Men.
From 2013, she has been an occasional guest co-host in the 9:00 hour of Today on NBC.
Shields has also appeared in various broadway theatre productions such as the 1994 revival of the musicals ‘Grease,’ and the Broadway The Addams Family on June 28, 2011.
Brooke Shields Filmography
|1976||Alice, Sweet Alice||Karen Spages|
|1978||King of the Gypsies||Tita|
|1979||Wanda Nevada||Wanda Nevada|
|1979||Just You and Me, Kid||Kate|
|1980||The Blue Lagoon||Emmeline Lestrange|
|1981||Endless Love||Jade Butterfield|
|1984||The Muppets Take Manhattan||Customer|
|1989||Brenda Starr||Brenda Starr|
|1992||Running Wild||Christine Shaye|
|1994||The Postgraduate||Fantasy Wife|
|1994||The Seventh Floor||Kate Fletcher|
|1998||The Misadventures of Margaret||Lily|
|1999||Black and White||Sam Donager|
|1999||The Bachelor||Buckley Hale-Windsor|
|1999||The Disenchanted Forest||Herself|
|2004||Our Italian Husband||Charlene Taylor|
|2004||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|
|2008||The Midnight Meat Train||Susan Hoff|
|2008||Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show||Ruby Bear|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Susan Stewart|
|2010||Furry Vengeance||Tammy Sanders|
|2010||The Other Guys||Herself|
|2011||The Greening of Whitney Brown||Joan Brown|
|2013||The Hot Flashes||Beth Humphrey|
|2013||A Monsterous Holiday||Betsy|
|1974||After the Fall||Quentin’s Daughter|
|1977||The Prince of Central Park||Kristin|
|1982||The Doctors||Elizabeth Harrington|
|1984||Blondes vs. Brunettes||Herself|
|1988||The Diamond Trap||Tara Holden|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Vanessa Foster|
|1993||I Can Make You Love Me||Laura Black|
|1993||The Simpsons||Herself (voice)|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Norma|
|1994||An American Love||Greta|
|1995||Nothing Lasts Forever||Dr. Beth Taft|
|1996–2000||Suddenly Susan||Susan Keane|
|1998||The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery||Cyndee Lafrance|
|2001||What Makes a Family||Janine Nielssen|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Erlene Noodleman|
|2003||Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids||Miss Spider|
|2003||Gary the Rat||Cassandra Harrison (voice)|
|2004||Gone, But Not Forgotten||Betsy Tannenbaum|
|2004||I’m with Her||Ivy Tyler|
|2004||That ’70s Show||Pamela Burkhart|
|2005||New Car Smell||April|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Kelly Sloane-Raines|
|2007||Two and a Half Men||Danielle Stewert|
|2007||The Batman||Julie (voice)|
|2007–09||Hannah Montana||Susan Stewart|
|2008–09||Lipstick Jungle||Wendy Healy|
|The Middle||Rita Glossner|
|2010||Who Do You Think You Are?||Herself|
|2010||The Boy Who Cried Werewolf||Madame Varcolac|
|2013||Army Wives||Col. Kat Young|
|2013||Super Fun Night||Alison Lockridge|
|2014–16||Creative Galaxy||Seraphina (voice)|
|2014||The Michael J. Fox Show||Deborah|
|2014–present||Mr. Pickles||Mrs. Goodman (voice)|
|2016||Flower Shop Mystery: Mum’s The Word||Abby Knight|
|2016||Flower Shop Mystery: Snipped in the Bud||Abby Knight|
|2016||Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted||Abby Knight|
|2016||Scream Queens||Dr. Scarlett Lovin|
|2016||When Calls the Heart||Charlotte Thornton|
|2017||Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special||Herself|
|2017–18||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sheila Porter|
|2018–present||Jane the Virgin||River Fields|
|2018||Murphy Brown||Holly Mackin Lynne|
Brooke Shields Awards
Golden Globe Awards
|1996||Suddenly Susan||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy|
Golden Raspberry Awards
|1980||The Blue Lagoon||Worst Actress|
|1983||Sahara||Worst Supporting Actor|
|1989||Speed Zone||Worst Supporting Actress|
|1997||Suddenly Susan||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy|
Brooke Shields Books
- Shields, Brooke (1978). The Brooke Book.
- Shields, Brooke (1985). On Your Own.
- Shields, Brooke (2006). Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.
- Shields, Brooke (2009). It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad!.
- Shields, Brooke (2014). There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me.
Brooke Shields Illness
Shields spoke to magazines between April and May 2005 to publicize her battle with postpartum depression, a mood disorder associated with childbirth. She claimed that she used Paxil, an antidepressant drug. She was condemned by Tom Cruise for speaking in favor of the drug. This led to conflict between the two and the case grew public by time. On August 31, 2006, Cruise privately apologized to Shields for the incident. Shields accepted Cruise’s apology, which she said was “heartfelt.”
Brooke Shields Height
Shields stands at a height of 1.83 meters (183cm)
Brooke Shields Net Worth
Brooke Shields has a net worth of $25 million (twenty-five million dollars).
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Brooke Shields: ‘I stuck up for mum, but now I want a say’
Published: December 8, 2014
Celia Walden interviews Brooke Shields about her frank memoir, which recalls how an alcoholic parent got her modelling at 11 months and playing a prostitute, aged just 12.
‘Dear Mom,” begins a letter Brooke Shields wrote to her mother, aged nine. “I just want to say thank you for being so very good about drinking. I love you for that (not only that). I also feel that we are happier together when you are not drinking. We don’t fight as much, we laugh more and have much more fun.”
Reproduced – with all its girlish curlicues and earnest underscorings – in the actress’s new memoir, There Was A Little Girl, the note appears a few chapters into what is essentially a longer love letter to Teri Shields, who died in 2012. “I worry to hear it described that way,” frowns Shields today, as she waits for turgid rain clouds to burst above her Manhattan townhouse. “Because although the book is a sort of love letter, really loving someone means going through a myriad of different emotions. I haven’t shied away from parts you wouldn’t associate with happiness and love.”
Unlike that poignant note, there are no ill-concealed rubbings out in the 49–year–old’s autobiography. Every mistake made by both daughter and mother has been left in – from her own youthful dalliances and failed two–year marriage to tennis ace, Andre Agassi in 1997, to her mother’s increasingly drunken escapades. “The intention was to have my say,” Shields tells me, “after decades of sticking up for my mother.”
As a former child star defined for years by the “momager” who had her modelling baby soap at 11 months, put her on the catwalk at three years old and turned her into an international movie star and Vogue cover girl by the time she was a teenager, Shields doesn’t feel the need to defend her mother’s actions. She does, however, want to explain them.
“I can’t fault my mother for what she did because what kind of a life would this kid from Newark who was divorced by the time I was five months old have had? We would be dirt poor – still. So I understand the genesis of it.”
Shields tells me she “savoured” her early career: being cast, aged 12, by Louis Malle as a pre–teen prostitute in his 1978 film, Pretty Baby, and subsequently appearing – naked again – in the 1980 hit, The Blue Lagoon. “I had this understanding that I was going to be a part of the film world,” she shrugs. “Then all of a sudden it went on to having dolls named after me and hair dryers with my name on them. That signified success for my mother – and for me, too.”
Did she never feel exploited? “I didn’t,” she smiles. “Because I was so young. I was too young for the casting couch so I was never told: ‘You have to do this to get a role.’ Exploitation happens when anything other than talent is capitalized upon.”
Those infamous Richard Avedon–shot Calvin Klein ads of her 14–year–old self (“You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing”, went the ad), provoke nothing but pride in Shields now. “I was proud of them then and I’m proud still. Actually, I’m proud of all the things that have been surrounded by the most controversy. Not the less–than–stellar things I went on to do.”
Working with directors such as Franco Zeffirelli in the 1981 drama, Endless Love, or Woody Allen in Annie Hall (sadly Shields’s scenes ended up on the cutting room floor) were experiences the actress wouldn’t have forfeited for anything, she says. But some passages still make for uncomfortable reading, I tell her – like hearing Shields describe her role, aged nine, in Annie Hall as that of “a sexy pilgrim.”
“But isn’t it funny that that’s taboo and yet what is being done and seen [on screen] now is such that you have to have censorship on every button in your house? You have to be so vigilant these days, but it wasn’t like that when I was nine. It’s complicated but I do think that we have changed our perception of things. I also think that there is something in real true youthful innocence that doesn’t go immediately to the sordid. I was getting validated and I was getting attention. I was supported and I was loved and it was real at the time. I don’t ever look back at what I did and cringe.”
For all the criticism Teri Shields endured for revelling quite so openly in her daughter’s talents and looks (“Like any beautiful painting,” she once told a TV interviewer, “I think the world should enjoy Brooke and view her”), her daughter insists that she was a world away from today’s Hollywood “momagers”.
“When I watch a lot of these young girls now, the mums are absolutely basking in the attention as well – right down to the way they take care of themselves. It’s all about their look and style, too – at least from the outside it appears that way. What distinguished my mother is that she was ballsy and fought for me but the one or two times where she was photographed, she hated it. She wasn’t trying to still be a sexy young girl herself – she just transferred all the attention on to me.”
Although the intensity of that attention eventually became too much for the actress to bear (the two parted ways professionally in 1995), Shields doesn’t believe that such parent–child relationships are necessarily doomed.
“Even if they’re trying to profit from their kids,” she says, “nobody is going to protect your kid like you, right? So if it could only be a healthy relationship like the one Beyoncé had [with her manager, father], for example, it could be so good. The problem is that although it may work in the beginning, as the child matures things become greyer and more difficult.”
It’s perhaps a testament to the vehemence of Teri’s love for her daughter that Shields never turned into a wild child. “My mum was always the one acting out,” Shields laughs. “She was the storm: I was just always in the wake. That was an arrangement we set up years prior.”
The restraint and moderation her mother couldn’t master “in almost any aspect of her life” became a point of principle for Shields, who waited until she was 22 and studying French literature at Princeton University to lose her virginity to Superman star Dean Cain, and gave up alcohol for long periods throughout her life. Today, she will drink the odd Belgian beer “because I don’t want to go so far in the other direction and deny myself something I actually enjoy. But I monitor myself – and I’ve been like that since I was a kid.”
Shields gracefully mastered a transition into adulthood many child stars find impossible. By the time she met her husband of 14 years – sitcom writer, Chris Henchy – she had re–established herself as a successful TV actress in comedy dramas such as Suddenly Susan and Lipstick Jungle. She went on to stun audiences in both the West End and on Broadway with her performances in Grease and Chicago.
But in 2003, Shields was rocked by the biggest emotional turbulence of her life when she suffered severe post–natal depression after the birth of her first daughter, Rowan.
“You can imagine my shock when I had my first child and didn’t revel in this creature, my creation, in the way my mother so had in me. You can imagine the heartbreak that I felt. Because all I ever knew was a mother who looked at her daughter as her angel – as everything.
“Now of course I feel that way too because I’m healthier. And when I had my second daughter [7–year–old Grier], I thought she was the most beautiful baby I’d ever seen in my whole life because I was healthy at the time.”
Shields bravely spoke out and wrote about her experience in the book, Down Came the Rain – something she has “zero regrets about” today. “It produced a great deal of change and got a dialogue going. The only residual worry,” she adds quietly, “is a need to explain myself to Rowan when she’s old enough. I hope that one day I can make her understand that it never had anything to do with lack of love.”
Shields’s own mother might say the same of the demons she battled throughout her life, were she alive today.
“I thought I’d feel a release once the book was finished,” Shields admits, “but I don’t. It just made me sad. Revisiting bad times is not that hard because they’re over, but revisiting good times… well that’s hard because they’re over, too. There’s this desire to reconstruct history when you go back. You can’t help but think: ‘If she just does this now, then it’ll be happily ever after.’”
If she could say one thing to her mother now?
“I go over that in my head all the time when I’m feeling down. I said ‘I love you’ a lot, but I don’t know if mum felt worthy of love, so I would have liked her to have been able to look at me and say: ‘I know you do – and I’m OK’.”