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Biography #2

At age three, Brooke Shields made her first stroll down the catwalk; at eight she landed her first film role in the mystery Alice, Sweet Alice; and at twelve she became a household name portraying a pre-teen prostitute in Louis Malle's controversial feature, Pretty Baby. Shields currently brings her charisma to the title role of NBC's Suddenly Susan, now in its third season, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

A triple threat actress who has displayed her talents in film, television and theater, Shields has starred on stage in the Broadway revival of Grease, at the UBU Repertory Theatre in The Eden Cinema, and in Love Letters at the Canon Theatre in Los Angeles and at the New Mexico Repertory.

Born and raised in New York, Shields grew up in front of the camera as a child model and grew to become the Face of the Eighties, as proclaimed by Time on her cover photo for the magazine. After Pretty Baby, she went on to roles in Endless Love, Tilt, King of the Gypsies, which reunited her with Susan Sarandon, Wanda Nevada, with Henry and Peter Fonda, Just You and Me Kid with George Burns and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Additional credits include Brenda Starr opposite Timothy Dalton, Speedzone with John Candy, Backstreet Dreams, Un Amore Americano, Freaked, Running Wild with Martin Sheen, and Freeway with Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon.

Shields also made her mark in several television movies, including After the Fall with Christopher Plummer, The Prince of Central Park with Ruth Gordon, Wet Gold with Burgess Meredith, The Diamond Trap with Howard Hesseman and Twiggy, Legends of The West with Jack Palance, and Quantum Leap: The Leaping of The Shrew.

She also starred in I Can Make You Love Me: The Story of Laura Black, after which Shields did a public service announcement that generated thousands of calls to the National Victims Center requesting assistance and information. She also starred in the mini-series, Nothing Lasts Forever and in an episode of HBO's Tales From The Crypt entitled Came from the Dawn.

Shields has recently completed roles in the Sundance favorite, The Misadventures of Margaret to be released by MGM and The Weekend co-starring with legendary actress Gena Rowlands. Shields appeared in New Line's The Bachelor, with Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger.

A 1987 Princeton graduate with honors in French Literature, Shields continues to lend her voice and support to issues involving children's welfare and education.

updated 18-Aug-2002


Biography #3

Christa Brooke Camille Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress, born in New York City, New York, USA. She attended Princeton University.

Shields career started among much ballyhoo over her appearance in Pretty Baby in which she had numerous nude scenes. Since she was only 13 at the time, it raised questions of child pornography. Shields later testified before a Congressional inquiry that older body doubles were used in some of her nude scenes.

After two decades of movies, her best-known films are still arguably The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Endless Love (1981), both made near the beginning of her career. Shields played in a number of television productions, the most successful being the series Suddenly Susan.

She was married from 1997 to 1999 to professional tennis player, Andre Agassi. Since 2001 she has been married to Christopher Thomas Henchy: they are parents of one daughter born in 2003.

She won the People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Young Performer in four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984 and more than a decade later she won again in the category of Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series in 1997.

Her parents are the late Francis Alexander Shields who married Brooke's mother, Maria Theresia Schmonin, in 1964. Her paternal grandparents are Francis Xavier Shields, (a tennis aristocrat), and Italian princess Donna Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cessi, who is sister of Don Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cessi, the husband of the Spanish Infanta Beatrix of Bourbon-Battenberg (aunt of King Juan Carlos I of Spain). Through her grandmother, Brooke Shields is a descendant of Henri IV, King of France, the Emperor Charles V, Lucrezia Borgia, and Honore I, Prince of Monaco. Her great-grandmother, Elsie Moore, was the sister of Glenn Close's grandfather. Her ancestry is traced in William Addams Reitwiesner's monograph, The Lesbian Ancestors of Prince Rainier of Monaco, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Brooke Shields, and the Marquis de Sade.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Brooke Shields" (01-Jan-2000)


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