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Brooke Shields

Brooke ShieldsAKA Brooke Christa Shields

Born: 31-May-1965
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Model, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Suddenly Susan

Brooke Shields got an early start in modeling when her mother, an aspiring actress, signed her up for an Ivory Snow commercial when she was only eleven months old. Her mother was reportedly so afraid of crib death that she bound the sleeping Brooke to her body at night with a cloth before going to sleep. The mother-daughter team didn't seem to be much farther apart for the next 30 years.

In 1978 a barely adolescent Shields played a child prostitute in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby with Susan Sarandon as her mother. Audiences were sufficiently disturbed by Shields's nude scenes that she spoke before a Congressional inquiry, testifying that some of the most scandalous scenes had been filmed by older body doubles. Nude pictures of Shields, taken when she was 10, surfaced when she was 15, and mother and daughter sued to have them suppressed. The court decided the contracts were in order and deemed the photos "art".

Shields captured the essence of the virgin-whore, as she famously proclaimed "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins", yet filmed commercials warning teen girls against the perils of too-early sex. In 1980's Blue Lagoon, the movie for which the teenage Shields is probably most famous, her hair was reportedly glued to her breasts to prevent them from showing. In her autobiography, On My Own -- written at 16 -- Shields stated her intention to abstain from premarital sex. Reportedly her contract with her publisher required her to remain a virgin for a specified number of years after publication of the book. She received Golden Raspberry Awards as Worst Actress for Blue Lagoon in 1980, and Speed Zone in 1989. She was also nominated for Endless Love in 1981, and Sahara in 1984.

Following her entrance into Princeton in 1983, Shields concentrated primarily on her studies and didn't do much modeling or acting. She graduated with honors, then launched her comeback in critical and commercial flops like Brenda Starr. In 1995 she fired her alcoholic mother as her manager, and her career was quickly revived by starring in the sitcom Suddenly Susan. It ran for four seasons. She has appeared on stage in Chicago and starred in Broadway revivals of Cabaret and Grease.

She has a scarred cervix from surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells, and has suffered through at least five miscarriages. In 2003, after the C-section birth of her daughter Rowan Francis just three weeks after the death of Shields' father, she was leveled by a serious round of postpartum depression which left her suicidal and uninterested in baby Rowan. She has since recovered, and written a book about postpartum depression called Down Came the Rain. In a 2009 interview with Health magazine she said she regrets retaining her virginity until age 22, and that if she had been sexually active earlier "I would have been much more in touch with myself".

Father: Francis Alexander Shields (Revlon executive, d. Apr-2003, cancer)
Mother: Maria Theresia Schmonn ("Teri", model, d. 31-Oct-2012)
Sister: Marina Shields (half sister, older)
Boyfriend: Prince Albert II (Monaco royalty, spawn of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly))
Boyfriend: Michael Bolton (singer)
Boyfriend: Dean Cain (actor, dated at Princeton, late 1980s)
Boyfriend: Woody Harrelson (actor)
Boyfriend: Michael Jackson (King of Pop)
Boyfriend: John F. Kennedy, Jr. (American royalty)
Boyfriend: Ted McGinley (actor, escorted Shields to her senior prom, 1982)
Boyfriend: Liam Neeson (actor)
Boyfriend: John Travolta (actor)
Husband: Andre Agassi (tennis player, m. 19-Apr-1997, annulled Apr-1999)
Husband: Chris Henchy (writer for Spin City, b. 23-Mar-1964, m. Apr-2001, two daughters)
Daughter: Rowan Francis Henchy (b. 15-May-2003 with Henchy)
Daughter: Grier Hammond Henchy (b. 18-Apr-2006 with Henchy)

    High School: Dwight Englewood High School, Englewood, NJ (1982)
    University: BA French Literature, Princeton University (1987)

    Endorsement of Colgate-Palmolive Colgate toothpaste (2007)
    Endorsement of Ford Motors (2004)
    Endorsement of Foster Grant (2012)
    Endorsement of Tupperware Brands (2007)
    Obama for America
    Miscarriage five
    Wedding: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (2006)
    In Vitro Fertilization
    Italian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Postpartum Depression, Vegetarian, Smoking

    TELEVISION
    Lipstick Jungle Wendy Healy (2008-09)
    Nip/Tuck Faith Wolper (2006)
    That '70s Show Pamela Burkhart (2004)
    Suddenly Susan Susan Keane Browne (1996-2000)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Hot Flashes (12-Jul-2013)
    Chalet Girl (17-Feb-2011)
    The Other Guys (6-Aug-2010) · Herself
    Furry Vengeance (1-Apr-2010) · Tammy Sanders
    Teenage Paparazzo (22-Jan-2010) · Herself
    Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (16-Dec-2008) [VOICE]
    The Midnight Meat Train (19-Jul-2008)
    Justice League: The New Frontier (26-Feb-2008) [VOICE]
    Bagboy (14-Sep-2007)
    The Outsider (22-Apr-2005) · Herself
    Bob the Butler (10-Mar-2005) · Anne Jamieson
    Gone But Not Forgotten (2004)
    Mayor of the Sunset Strip (17-Jun-2003) · Herself
    What Makes a Family (22-Jan-2001)
    After Sex (15-Aug-2000) · Kate
    The Bachelor (3-Nov-1999)
    Black and White (4-Sep-1999)
    The Misadventures of Margaret (23-Dec-1998)
    The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery (22-Sep-1998)
    Freeway (Jan-1996)
    Freaked (11-Sep-1993) · Skye Daley
    I Can Make You Love Me (9-Feb-1993)
    Born Wild (1992)
    Backstreet Dreams (29-Sep-1990) · Stevie
    Brenda Starr (20-Jul-1989) · Brenda Starr
    Speed Zone! (21-Apr-1989)
    The Muppets Take Manhattan (13-Jul-1984) · Surprise Cameo
    Sahara (1983) · Dale
    Endless Love (17-Jul-1981)
    The Blue Lagoon (20-Jun-1980)
    Tilt (18-Jan-1980)
    Wanda Nevada (17-Aug-1979)
    Just You and Me Kid (13-Jul-1979)
    King of the Gypsies (20-Dec-1978)
    Pretty Baby (5-Apr-1978)
    Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

Official Website:
http://www.brookeshields.com/

Author of books:
Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression (2005)


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