Fast Facts

  • Is descended from English and French royalty.
  • Began her modeling career at 11 months old, when she appeared in an Ivory soap ad photographed by Francesco Scavullo. 
  • First major film role was in Louis Malle's 1978 drama Pretty Baby, in which she played a child growing up in a brothel.
  • At 14, was the youngest model to appear on the cover of Vogue.
  • At 15, starred in a controversial Calvin Klein jeans commercial in which she said, "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing."
  • Put her career on hold from 1983 to '87 to attend Princeton University.
  • A popular guest spot on Friends led to NBC creating the sitcom Suddenly Susan for her in 1996.
  • Starred in several Broadway revivals throughout the 2000s, including Grease, Cabaret and Chicago.
  • Was famously criticized by Tom Cruise over taking medication for postpartum depression; he later apologized, and she attended his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
  • Appeared in the recurring role of Miley's late mom on the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana.
  • Is the author of several books, including the memoirs The Brooke Book (1983) and Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression (2005) and the children's book It's the Best Day Ever, Dad! (2009).
  • In 2011, took over the part of Morticia Addams in the Broadway musical version of The Addams Family.

Awards

  • 1984, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Young Motion Picture Performer: Winner
  • 1983, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Young Motion Picture Performer: Winner
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1981, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Young Motion Picture Performer: Winner
  • 1997, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series: Winner
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Cristiana Shields — Half Sister
  • Marina Shields Purcell — Half Sister
  • Chris Henchy — Husband
  • Frank Shields — Father
  • Diana "Didi" Shields — Stepmother
  • Olympia Shields — Half Sister
  • Andre Agassi — Ex-husband
  • Diana Achincloss Cunningham — Stepsister
  • Grier Hammond Henchy — Daughter
  • Rowan Francis Henchy — Daughter
  • Thomas Gore Auchincloss Jr. — Stepbrother
  • Dean Cain — Ex-significant Other
  • Teri Shields — Mother

College

  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (AB in French, 1987)

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  • Birth Name: Brooke Christa Shields
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: May 31, 1965, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor, Model, Author
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