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Brooke Lisa Burke (born September 8, 1971) is an American television personality, model, and occasional dancer known for hosting Wild On! (1999–2002) and Rock Star (2005–2006) and for winning the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life

Burke is the oldest of nine children born to Donna and George Burke. Her mother is Jewish and she identifies herself as Jewish;She is also of Irish, French, and Portuguese ancestry.

She was born in Hartfordmarker, Connecticutmarker and raised in Tucsonmarker, Arizonamarker. She attended both Sahuaro High Schoolmarker and Palo Verde High School in Tucson, and later studied broadcast journalism at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Career

Burke worked as a model for Venus Swimwear and Frederick's of Hollywood. From 1999 to 2002, Burke became known while hosting Wild On!, a travel series on the E! Entertainment Television channel, replacing previous host Jules Asner. As part of the series, she traveled the world extensively, profiling many popular travel destinations.Burke first appeared nude during her early modeling career for the website BlueNudes, and most notably after gaining fame in the May 2001 and November 2004 issues of Playboy. She also appeared in lad mags such as Maxim, Stuff, and FHM. In 2007, she was listed as one of Blender's hottest women of film and TV.

Burke has fronted infomercials promoting a Swiss ball video home fitness workout named Gunnar Peterson's Core Secrets, and appears in the first video of the series titled 20 Minute Full Body Workout. The infomercials have screened in New Zealand and Australia.

In 2005 and 2006, Burke hosted the CBS summer reality show Rock Star, an American Idol-like series in which aspiring singers competed to become either the frontman or frontwoman for a rock band.

She was the voice and face of "Rachel Teller" in Electronic Arts' video game Need for Speed: Underground 2, and asks the "People and Places" questions in the video game Trivial Pursuit Unhinged. Burke starred as a playable character in the Burger King advergaming title PocketBike Racer and in Big Bumpin'.

In 2007, Burke started a company called Baboosh Baby, which offers wraps for pregnant women. The company's website features a blog from Burke about her children.

In 2009, Burke hosted NBC's pre-show for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Tiki Barber and Nancy O'Dell.

Burke, along with Derek Hough as her partner, won Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. Burke also starred in the TV show host edition of The Weakest Link.

Personal life

In 2001, Burke married Garth Fisher, a plastic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They have two daughters together: Neriah (named after one of her best friends, Playmate Neriah Davis) and Sierra Sky. In 2005, Fisher and Burke filed for divorce, and their divorce was finalized in 2006.

On August 21, 2006, she announced that she was engaged to actor/singer David Charvet. They have two children together: a daughter named Heaven Rain (born January 8, 2007) and a son named Shaya Braven (born March 5, 2008).

Notes

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1036361/bio


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