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Brooke Shields



Date of Birth: 31 May 1965
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: Brooke Christa Shields
Height: 6' (1.83 m)







Biography

Brooke Christa Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress, author and model. Some of her better-known movies include Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon, as well as TV shows such as Suddenly Susan, That 70's Show and Lipstick Jungle.


Early life

Shields was born in New York City. Her parents, Frank Shields and Teri, divorced several months after she was born. Her father's family was very social and had Italian and French roots and relations to nobility. Her paternal grandmother was the Italian princess Donna Marina Torlonia. Shields was raised as and remains a practicing Catholic. She has two stepbrothers and three half-sisters.

When Brooke was five days old, her mother openly stated she wanted her to have a career in show business, "She's the most beautiful child and I'm going to help her with her career."

Shields adopted her middle name, "Camille," for her Confirmation at the age of 10. During her high school years, Shields resided in Haworth, New Jersey.

When she was 12 years old, Shields played a child prostitute her age. At age 16, she had already worked for 16 years and had made more money than the President of the United States. Eileen Ford, founder of the Ford Modeling Agency, said of Brooke Shields: "...She is a professional child and unique. She looks like an adult and thinks like one."

Education

She attended the all-female Lenox School until eighth grade, before graduating from The Dwight-Englewood School of Englewood, New Jersey in 1983.

Shields moved into the dorms of Princeton University to pursue her bachelor's degree in French literature, graduating in June 1987. While attending Princeton, she spoke openly about her sexuality and virginity. Shields was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club and the Cap and Gown Club. Her autobiography, On Your Own, was published in 1985. Her 1987 senior thesis was titled "The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Films of Louis Malle, Pretty Baby and Lacombe Lucien."

In the op-ed page of The New York Times, her school records were made available shortly after the university graduation. The criticism emphasized that Shields did not take any courses in history, mathematics, economics, world literature or science with laboratory experience.

Career

Early work

Shields began her career as a model in 1966, at the age of 11 months. Her first job was for Ivory Soap, shot by Francesco Scavullo. She continued as a successful child model with model agent Eileen Ford, who, in her Lifetime Network biography, stated that she started her children's division just for Shields. Shields was 8 years old when she posed nude for the first time. At the age of 10, she was paid $450 USD to appear in Playboy.

In early 1980, the 14-year-old Shields was the youngest fashion model ever to appear on the cover of the top fashion publication Vogue magazine. Later that same year, Shields appeared in controversial print and TV ads for Calvin Klein jeans. The TV ad included her saying the famous tagline, "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing." Brooke Shields ads would help catapult Klein's career to super-designer status.

From 1981 to 1983, Brooke Shields, her mother, photographer Gary Gross, Playboy Press and the New York City Courts were involved in litigation over the rights to some photographs her mother had signed away to the photographer (when dealing with models who are also minors, a parent or legal guardian must sign such a release form while other agreements are subject to negotiation) which were originally intended to appear in a book titled Sugar and Spice to be published by Playboy Press. The courts ruled in favor of the photographer but due to a strange twist in New York law, it would have been otherwise had Brooke Shields been considered a child "performer" rather than a model.

By the age of 16, Shields had become one of the most recognizable faces in the world, because of her dual career as a provocative fashion model and controversial child actress.TIME magazine reported, in its February 9, 1981 cover story, that her day rate as a model was $10,000. In 1983, Shields 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. During that period Shields became a regular at New York City's nightclub Studio 54.

In 2009, a naked picture of Brooke Shields, taken when she was 10, and included in a work by Richard Prince, Spiritual America, created a row. It was removed from an exhibition at the Tate Modern after a warning from the police.

Film

Shields' first major film role was her 1978 appearance in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby, a movie in which she played a child who lived in a brothel (and in which there were numerous nude scenes). Because she was only 12 when the film was released, and possibly 11 when it was filmed, questions were raised about child pornography. This was followed by a slightly less controversial and less notable film, Wanda Nevada (1979).

After two decades of movies, her best known films are still arguably The Blue Lagoon (1980), which included a number of nude scenes between teenage lovers on a tropical island (Shields later testified before a U.S. Congressional inquiry that older body doubles were used in some of them), and Endless Love (1981). The MPAA initially rated Endless Love with a X rating. However, the film was re-edited to earn a R rating. She won the People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Young Performer in four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984. In 1998, she played lesbian Lily in The Misadventures of Margaret.

In 2001, Lifetime aired the film What Makes a Family, starring Brooke Shields and Cherry Jones in a true-to-life story of two married lesbian mothers and a baby versus the adoption laws of Florida.

Television appearances

Shields has appeared in a number of television shows. In 1980, she was the youngest guest star to ever appear on The Muppet Show, in which she and the Muppets put on their own version of Alice In Wonderland. She was also the youngest person to host ABC's Fridays, a Saturday Night Live-like sketch comedy show, in 1981. In one episode of the popular comedy sitcom Friends, Shields played Joey's stalker. This role led directly to her being cast in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan, in which she starred from 1996 until 2000, and which earned a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series for her, in 1997, and two Golden Globe nominations.

In the early 1980s, she starred in the USPHS PSA sponsored by the American Lung Association as an initiative that VIPs should become examples and advocates of non-smoking.

Shields made a couple of guest appearances on That '70s Show. She played Pam Burkhart, Jackie's (Mila Kunis) mother, who later was briefly involved with Donna's (Laura Prepon) father (played by Don Stark). Shields left That '70s Show when her character was written out. Shields recorded the narration for the Sony/BMG recording of The Runaway Bunny, a Concerto for Violin, Orchestra and Reader, by Glen Roven. It was performed by the Royal Philharmonic and Ittai Shapira.

In the late 2000s, Shields guest-starred on shows like FX's Nip/Tuck and CBS' Two and a Half Men. In 2005, Shields appeared in a season two episode of HBO's Entourage, entitled "Blue Balls Lagoon." In 2007, she made a guest appearance on Disney's Hannah Montana playing Susan Stewart, Miley and Jackson's mother, who died in 2004. In 2008, she returned in the primetime drama Lipstick Jungle. The series ended a year later.

In 2010, Shields guest-starred in the situation comedy, The Middle, as the next-door nemesis of Patricia Heaton's character, Frankie. She also appeared as a featured celebrity in NBC's genealogy documentary reality series, Who Do You Think You Are?, where it was revealed that, through her father's ancestry, she is the first cousin (many generations removed) of King Louis XIV of France, and thus a descendant of both Saint Louis and Henry IV of France.

On-stage productions

Shields has appeared in many on-stage productions, mostly musical revivals including Grease, Cabaret, Wonderful Town and Chicago on Broadway; she also performed in Chicago in London's West End.

Personal life

In the June 2009 issue of Health magazine, Shields announced she lost her virginity at age 22. She said the incident would have occurred earlier if she had a better self-image.

In the mid 1980s while at Princeton, Shields dated classmate Dean Cain. Shields has also been linked to John F. Kennedy Jr, actor Liam Neeson and singer George Michael. She was also a favorite date of Prince Naruhito of Japan. After a romantic interlude with John Travolta, the 16 year-old Brooke Shields dated 18 year-old Mohammed, son of the arms-dealer billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, in Cannes where they first met. At 18, Brooke Shields met Dodi Fayed and they became friends. Brooke was 24 years old when she spent the evening with Dodi Fayed in Paris to celebrate his 33rd birthday.

By the 1990s, Brooke Shields would be exhibiting her physique as an extension of her womanhood, promoting physical fitness as an extension of femininity, demonstrating that femininity and athletics are consistent rather than incongruous. Although she was not the only one, Shields had what was required to promote woman athletics into the American mainstream: she was very feminine as a celebrity and as a model she really liked to dress up.

Shields has been married twice. From April 19, 1997 to April 9, 1999, Shields was married to professional tennis player Andre Agassi; the couple had been together since 1993. On April 4, 2001, she married television writer Chris Henchy after they met in 1999 through mutual friends. The couple have two daughters: Rowan Frances (born May 15, 2003) and Grier Hammond (born April 18, 2006).

Postpartum depression

In the spring of 2005, Shields spoke to magazines (such as Guideposts) and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to publicize her battle with postpartum depression, an experience that included depression, thoughts of suicide, an inability to respond to her baby's needs and delayed maternal bonding. The illness may have been triggered by a traumatic childbirth, the death of her father three weeks earlier, stress from in vitro fertilization, a miscarriage and a family history of depression, as well as the hormones and life changes which were brought on by childbirth. Her book, Down Came the Rain, discusses her experience, contributing to a greater public awareness of postpartum depression.

In May 2005, Tom Cruise, a Scientologist whose beliefs frown upon psychiatry, condemned Shields, both personally and professionally, particularly for both using and speaking in favor of the antidepressant drug Paxil. As 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?" Shields responded that Cruise's statements about anti-depressants were "irresponsible" and "dangerous." She said that he should "stick to fighting aliens" (a reference to Cruise's starring role in War of the Worlds as well as some of the more exotic aspects of Scientology doctrine and teachings), "and let mothers decide the best way to treat postpartum depression." The actress responded to a further attack by Cruise in an essay "War of Words" published in The New York Times on July 1, 2005, in which she made an individual case for the medication and said, "In a strange way, it was comforting to me when my obstetrician told me that my feelings of extreme despair and my suicidal thoughts were directly tied to a biochemical shift in my body. Once we admit that postpartum is a serious medical condition, then the treatment becomes more available and socially acceptable. 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." On August 31, 2006, according to USAToday.com, Cruise privately apologized to Shields for the incident and Shields accepted and said that it was "heartfelt." Three months later, she and her husband attended the wedding of Cruise and Katie Holmes, in November, 2006.

Shields is a spokeswoman for Tupperware's Chain of Confidence SMART Girls campaign, a program that teaches girls to nurture their mental and physical well-being.

Relationship with Michael Jackson

Shields spoke at the memorial service for Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, before a television audience of more than one billion people. Shields stated in that speech that she first met Michael when she was 13 years old, and the two instantly became friends. Shields said:

In her eulogy speech, she also shared a number of anecdotes, including an occasion in which she was his 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 asleep in the bed. Shields gave a tearful speech, referring to the many times she and Michael Jackson shared and briefly joked about his famous sequin glove. She also mentioned Jackson’s favorite song "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin which was later sung in the memorial service by Jermaine Jackson.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins noted that "it was a little peculiar hearing Brooke Shields’s weepy testimony about her deep friendship with Jackson given the fact that she told reporters that the last time she saw him was at Elizabeth Taylor’s eighth wedding in 1991." This however does not agree with Michael's statements during his 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey that he was dating Shields at the time, as well as with the fact that Shields was Michael Jackson's date to the 1993 Grammys. Shields has stated that Jackson asked her to marry him numerous times and to adopt a child together.

Jackson said of Shields in a conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in 2001:

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1976 Alice, Sweet Alice Karen Spages Alternative titles: CommunionHoly Terror
1978 Pretty Baby Violet
King of the Gypsies Tita
1979 Tilt Tilt (Brenda Louise Davenport)
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 in Pete's
1989 Speed Zone! Stewardess/Herself 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 ShowHideous 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 Narrator
2000 After Sex Kate
2004 Our Italian Husband Charlene Taylor Alternative title: Mariti in affitto
The Easter Egg Adventure Horrible Harriet Hare (Voice)
2005 Bob the Butler Anne Jamieson
2007 National Lampoon's Bag Boy Mrs. Hart
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Carol Ferris (Voice) Direct-to-DVD release
The Midnight Meat Train Susan Hoff
Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show Ruby Bear (Voice)
2010 Furry Vengeance Tammy Sanders
The Other Guys Herself
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Madame V
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, Nina's Sister 1 episode
2003 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids Miss Spider (Voice) Television movie
Gary the Rat Cassandra Harrison (Voice) 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 (Voice) 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/Narrator 1 episode

Trivia

  • Had her marriage to Andre Agassi annulled so she can remarry in the Catholic Church.
  • She was stalked by 41-year-old Mark Ronald Bailey (a New Jersey accountant from Los Angeles), while he was armed with a handgun, over a period of three months (October 1999 to January 2000). He was arrested on 1/10/2000 but pleaded not guilty. The criminal complaint alleged Bailey "did maliciously and repeatedly follow and harass Brooke Shields, and made a credible threat...with the intent that she be placed in reasonable fear for her safety, and for the safety of her immediate family." On 9/5/2000, Bailey pleaded no contest to stalking and terrorizing her; he was ordered to undergo counseling and psychological evaluations, after prosecutors claimed he sent more than 100 cards and letters to her over the past 15 years...causing her "extreme fear and shock." The terms of his probation include staying away from her for 10+ years and keeping his distance from "her family, her household members, her employees, her employers or any of her agents." Ironically, seven years prior to this entire ordeal, Shields had won critical acclaim for her portrayal of another real-life stalking-victim (whose case inspired America's first anti-stalking law): California computer-engineer Laura Black, whose story was told in and by the TV docudrama I Can Make You Love Me (1993) (TV).
  • College sweetheart was Dean Cain (Princeton, '88). They both belonged to the same Princeton 'eating club' called 'Cap and Gown'
  • Added 'Camille' to her name at her Communion when she was 10 years old
  • Nude photos of Brooke, taken by photographer Garry Gross, when Shields was 10, were displayed in Manhattan's American Fine Arts Gallery, September 10th, 1998. The actress had sued Gross in 1981, tearfully testifying that the pictures embarrassed her, but a court decision in 1983 gave Gross the okay to display the photos.
  • The hardcover version of the novel "Evalore" by Eva Jones has a close-up photo of Brooke on the dust jacket. Copies of the novel with the dust jacket intact are collectables. ISBN 0397012594.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1978" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 30.
  • Started her career in a TV commercial for Ivory soap.
  • Chosen as Time magazine's Face of the '80s.
  • Princeton graduate in French Literature, with a minor in Italian, but says she spent most of her time making pottery, to relax.
  • Her grandfather was Frank Shields, a professional tennis player who acted in a few films in the 30s
  • While filming The Blue Lagoon (1980), she had to have her hair glued to her breasts so nothing would show.
  • Appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
  • Daughter of Teri Shields
  • Dated Michael Bolton
  • Dated Liam Neeson
  • Dated John Kennedy Jr.
  • Became engaged to writer/producer boyfriend Chris Henchy on 15 July 2000 whilst on vacation in Mexico.
  • Chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine. [2000]
  • Chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine. [1996]
  • Chosen as one of the most intriguing people of the year by People Magazine. [1996]
  • Chosen as one of the most intriguing people of the year by People Magazine. [1980]
  • Chosen as one of the most intriguing people of the year by People Magazine. [1978]
  • Dated Michael Jackson
  • Appeared on the cover of the 1977 album "Magic is a Child" by the progressive rock group Nektar.
  • The music group Blondie's 1978 album "Parallel Lines" contains the song "Pretty Baby", written about Brooke Shields.
  • In 1981, the New Jersey-based music group The Jitterz released a single titled "The girls want to look like Brooke Shields", which was a minor alternative radio hit.
  • Between the years of 1980 and 1985, she appeared on more than 300 magazine covers internationally.
  • Her great-grandmother, Mary Elsie Moore, was the sister of Glenn Close's grandfather.
  • On 25 February 1997 she and Andre Agassi filed suit against The National Enquirer claiming it printed "false and fabricated" statements about them and sought damages. The October 8, 1996 Enquirer headline read: "Brooke Shields...Suddenly on Top of the World...Therapy Ends the Nightmare of Pill-Popping, Binge-Eating and Tears;" the October 29 story, headlined "Brooke Wedding Disaster, Agassi Explodes," claimed that Agassi "lashed into" Brooke, Agassi and Teri "tangled like wildcats," Teri demanded a prenup, and Brooke "threatened" to derail the wedding. The case was dismissed.
  • Brooke's legal birthname is Brooke Christa Shields. Her birth certificate was reproduced in both the 1978 and 1982 editions of "The Brooke Book." It is a widely misheld, and often reported, misconception that her birthname is Christa Brooke Shields.
  • Appeared on the cover of the book "I Love Ice Cream" by Carolyn Vosburg Hall. Doubleday, 1976. ISBN 0-385-11266-1
  • Appeared on the cover of the book "Helene" by John Bowers. Ballantine Books, 1976. ISBN 0-345-24906-2-150
  • For her role in The Blue Lagoon (1980), Shields became the first ever "Winner" of a Worst Actress RAZZIE Award. She went on to "win" several more RAZZIES, and in 2000 was nominated as Worst Actress of the Century.
  • Appeared as one of the children in the flashback schoolroom scene in Annie Hall (1977) though her footage was cut out of the finished film.
  • Was paid $1 million in 1981 to endorse Wella Balsam shampoo.
  • Appeared on the cover of American Vogue thirteen times between 1980 and 1987. She made her first cover appearance at the age of fourteen.
  • At the age of fifteen, Shields became the youngest model ever to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan.
  • Attended and graduated from Dwight Englewood High school, in Englewood New Jersey, along with actress Mira Sorvino.
  • Her first daughter with Chris Henchy, Rowan Francis Henchy, was born on 15 May 2003 at a Manhattan, New York hospital. Her second daughter, Grier Hammond Henchy, was born on 18 April 2006 in Los Angeles.
  • Measurements: 33-25-36 (modeing at age 16 and 5'6"), 34 1/4B-25 1/4-35 (in 1989 at 6'), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • At the ripe old age of 16, she had already appeared on the cover of every major fashion magazine including; Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, and Vogue.
  • Named one of the most glamorous women of all time by Harper's Bazaar magazine. Others on the list included Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Nicole Kidman (2004).
  • Attended her prom with Ted McGinley, who was seven years her senior.
  • The poor construction of sentences in her book "On Your Own" was the subject of an article by William Safire in the New York Times.
  • Ethnic background includes English, Italian and German In the show Who Do You Think You Are she discovered that her Italian roots go back to France and she is directly related to Henry IV.
  • Was a cheerleader in high school and college.
  • Having taken jazz dance classes for years, she showed off her skills in the opening credits and a few episodes of "Suddenly Susan" (1996)
  • Her book "Down Came the Rain" debuted at number six on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
  • Named one of the 20th Century's 100 most beautiful women by the British magazine Harpers & Queen. Others on the list included Gloria Swanson, Vivien Leigh, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Josephine Baker, and Catherine Deneuve (2005)
  • Ranked #12 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
  • Is an only child.
  • Was ranked #22 in Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel".
  • She has 3 half sisters: Marina, Cristiana and Olympia. She also has half brothers and a step sister named Diana.
  • Her paternal grandmother was Marina Torlonia (1916-1960), daughter of the Italian 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi, an Italian aristocrat, and through him Brooke can claim descent from Henri IV, King of France, Lucrezia Borgia, and Honore I, Prince of Monaco, among others. Marina's brother, 5th Prince Alessandro (1911-1986) married the Infanta Beatriz of Spain (1909-2002), an aunt of King of Spain Juan Carlos de Borbón. Their granddaughter Sibilla Sandra Weiller (b. 12 Jun 1968), Brooke's second cousin, married in 1994 Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (b. 1963), a younger brother of the reigning Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
  • Was the youngest guest star to appear on "The Muppet Show" (1976). Brooke appeared in the show's final season when she was 15 years old.
  • Brooke gave birth to her second child with her husband Chris Henchy, a girl named Grier Hammond Henchy on April 18, 2006 in Los Angeles. Grier weighed in at 7 lbs. and was 20 inches.
  • Chosen as one of the 100 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine. [2006]
  • Turned down the roles of "Emily" in Wild Orchid (1989) and "Roxy", Catherine's girlfriend, in Basic Instinct (1992) because producers couldn't assure her the parts didn't require nudity.
  • Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Peace for the Harvey Ball Foundation along with Jackie Chan, Jerry Lewis, A.V.T. Shankardass, Prince Albert of Monaco, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Phil Collins, Jimmy Buffett, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Heather Mills, Yoko Ono, Patch Adams, Sergei Khrushchev and Winnie Mandela.
  • Said she suffered from depressions after the birth of her first child.
  • Following a much publicized dispute with Tom Cruise over her use of psychiatric medicine to overcome depression, Cruise came to her home in 2006 and personally apologized to her for his criticism. Touched by the gesture, she accepted his apology.
  • Was among the guests at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's wedding.
  • TV Guide magazine choose her as the best TV guest star of 2006 for her performances on "Nip/Tuck" (2003) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001). Others on the list included Forest Whitaker, Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour and David Morse.
  • Was the first choice for the role of Supergirl, yet Helen Slater was the one who got to bag the role of the Girl of Steel.
  • Cousin of Alessandro Lecquio.
  • Named one of America's 10 most beautiful women by Harper's Bazaar magazine (1988).
  • Named one of America's 10 most beautiful women by Harper's Bazaar magazine (1981).
  • She and her "Lipstick Jungle" (2008) co-star, Kim Raver, both went to the same grade school.
  • Named one of the 100 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine. (2008).
  • She measured 5 feet 10 inches at only 14 years old.
  • Was friends with musician Chuck Berry in the 1970s and actor Scott Baio in the 1980s.
  • Since May of 1977, the longest consecutive period of time that has passed without her appearing on the cover of a US or international magazine is seven months.
  • Was so popular among younger girls that her very own Brooke Shields doll became available to purchase across the world. Her 1982 doll was labeled: 'The World's Most Glamorous Teenager'.
  • The episode in which she appeared in of TV sitcom "Friends" (1994) was the highest rated episode drawing 52.9 million viewers. NBC executives were so impressed with her, that they gave Shields her own sitcom: "Suddenly Susan" (1996) which lasted four successful seasons.
  • One of her biggest dreams was to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975). She was scheduled to host in the 1980-1981 season, but withdrew due to a writers' strike.
  • Youngest guest star of "Fridays" (1980) on May 15, 1981. This broadcast occurred two weeks and two days before she turned 16 years old.
  • Was offered the role of Deborah Gelly for Sergio Leone's final movie, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), but after a writers' strike delayed the project, she didn't get the part.
  • Was offered the role of Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club (1985), but turned down the offer. The role went to Ally Sheedy.
  • Did an audition for the role of Vivian in Pretty Woman (1990), but the role went to Julia Roberts (and Roberts became a major star with this movie).
  • Was offered the role of Cherry in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders (1983), but turned down to the project. Diane Lane ended up playing the part.
  • Was considered for the role of Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986), but turned down to the part since she was attending at Princeton.
  • Found a precancerous spot on her face [May 22, 2009].
  • Named one of the 100 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine (2009).
  • Was offered the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), but the part went to Michelle Pfeiffer.
  • Was offered the female lead role in A League of Their Own (1992) by Penny Marshall, but after a writers' strike in 1988, a negotiation between Marshall and Shields fell through. She was replaced by Debra Winger, who in the end, would be replaced by Geena Davis.
  • Turned down the Kelly McGillis role in The Accused (1988).
  • Turned down the Andie MacDowell role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989).
  • Turned down the Melanie Griffith role in Working Girl (1988).
  • Revealed in an interview that she lost her virginity when she was 22 years old, and that she regretted waiting so long, blaming her inability to lose her virginity sooner on not having a better understanding of herself.
  • Born at 1:45 PM (EST).
  • Is a spokeswoman for Tupperware's Chain of Confidence SMART Girls campaign, a program that teaches girls to nurture their mental and physical well-being.
  • Did a screen test for the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • Longtime friend of Anna Strasberg.
  • Her attorney is Gerald Lefcourt.
  • Her favorite classic movie stars are Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and John Wayne.
  • Her favorite contemporary actor is Tom Hanks.
  • According to her autobiographical book "On Your Own" (1985), she beat Marilu Henner, Debra Winger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Preston, Helen Hunt, Bridget Fonda, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Rita Wilson, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Carrie Fisher, Ally Sheedy, Rosanna Arquette, Jodie Foster, Mariel Hemingway, Anjelica Huston and Melanie Griffith for her role in The Blue Lagoon (1980).
  • Ex-sister-in-law of Phillip Agassi and Tami Agassi.
  • Ex-daughter-in-law of Mike Agassi.


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