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Brooke Christa Camille Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an Americanmarker 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 Citymarker into a well-known American society family with links to Italian nobility. Her grandmother was the Italian princess Donna Marina Torlonia. Her father, Francis Alexander Shields, was a businessman, and her mother, Teri Shields (née Maria Theresa Schmonn), managed her career.

Shields adopted her middle name, Camille, for her Confirmation at age 10. Shields' parents divorced when she was a child. Shields has three half-sisters and two stepsiblings. She attended the all-girl Lenox Schoolmarker. She graduated in 1983 from Dwight-Englewood Schoolmarker in Englewood, New Jerseymarker. Into the mid-1980s, Shields was a resident of Haworth, New Jerseymarker.



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. In early 1980 (at age 14), 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."

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 Citymarker's nightclub Studio 54marker.

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 Modernmarker after a warning from the police.


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). She won the People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Young Performer in four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984.


Shields put her film career on hold to attend Princeton Universitymarker, from 1983 to 1987, and graduated with a degree in French literature. Her 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." It was at Princeton where she spoke openly about her sexuality and virginity. During her tenure at Princeton, Shields was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club and the Cap and Gown Club. She wrote an autobiography, On Your Own, published in 1985.

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.

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 1993 Brooke appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap "Leaping of the Shrew".

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.

On-stage productions

Shields has appeared in many on-stage productions, mostly musical revivals including Grease, Cabaret, Wonderful Town and Chicago on Broadwaymarker; 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 she would have had sex earlier if she had a better image of her body.

In the mid 1980s while at Princeton, Shields dated classmate Dean Cain. Shields has also been linked to John F. Kennedy Jr and actor Liam Neeson. From April 19, 1997 to April 9, 1999, Shields was married to professional tennis player Andre Agassi; their marriage was annulled, the couple had been together since 1993. On April 4, 2001, she married television writer Chris Henchy. They have two daughters: Rowan Frances (b. May 15, 2003) and Grier Hammond (b. 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.

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, 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. In her eulogy speech, she 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, referencing 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.


Year Film Role Notes
1976 Alice, Sweet Alice Karen Spages Alternative titles: Communion
Holy 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
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 Show
Hideous 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
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)
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 1 episode
1993 I Can Make You Love Me Laura Black Television movie
Alternative title: Stalking Laura
1993 Tale 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


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  23. Shields, Brooke (2005). Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression. Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0189-4
  24. War of Words - New York Times
  25. Shields: Cruise apology was 'heartfelt' -
  26. Billion watch Jackson send-off on TVJack Bremer, The First Post, JULY 8, 2009
  27. Brooke Shields talks about `asexual' JacksonAssociated Press, 07.06.09
  28. Michael Jackson memorial: moments to rememberHelen Pidd, The Guardian, Tuesday 7 July 2009

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