Brooke Burns

Brooke Burns

Birth name: Brooke Elizabeth Burns
Born: March 16, 1978
Age: 46
Birthplace: Dallas
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Brooke Elizabeth Burns (born March 16, 1978) is an American actress, television presenter, and former fashion model. She began her career on the popular TV series Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii.


Early life

Burns was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Brad and Betsy Burns. Burns has two sisters. She was a ballet dancer for 12 years during childhood and started modeling at age 15 after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in a skiing accident. At age 16, Burns and her family moved to Europe, where she later lived in Paris, Milan, and Munich.



From 1998 to 2001, Brooke Burns starred in Baywatch as the character Jessie Owens. In 2001, she appeared as Vicki Vale in one of several "Batman" commercials for OnStar, opposite Bruce Thomas's Batman, reprising the role made famous by Kim Basinger in the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman film. Burns hosted NBC's Dog Eat Dog from June 2002 to August 2003 and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award. Burns starred in North Shore, a prime-time soap opera that ran for 21 episodes in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, she starred in the WB series Pepper Dennis playing Kathy Dinkle. In 2009, Burns appeared in the first twelve episodes of the updated Melrose Place playing Vanessa, the most recent wife of Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) and mother of his older son's five-year-old son, Noah. Burns was given the chance to participate in the first season of the ABC celebrity diving reality competition Splash but turned it down because of an injury she had received when diving a few years before.

Burns has also appeared on Ally McBeal, Just Shoot Me!, Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Miami, Out of the Blue, To Tell the Truth, and Average Joe: Hawaii. She co-hosts the GSN game show The Chase with Mark Labbett.


For her role in the 2001 film Shallow Hal, the Farrelly brothers wrote a specific part for Burns after deciding during her audition that she was the "prettiest dorky girl" they'd ever met. She appeared in a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, co-starring Henry Winkler, on December 13, 2008. Other films include Smokejumpers, Dancing Trees, Trophy Wife, Art of Travel, and Time and Again. Burns appears in the Nickelback video "Trying Not to Love You" opposite Jason Alexander. Burns and Alexander both appeared in the 2001 movie Shallow Hal.

Personal life

Brooke Burns was married to actor Julian McMahon from 1999 to 2001 and they have a daughter - Madison Elizabeth McMahon - who was born in June 2000. She was engaged to Bruce Willis until they broke up in 2004 after ten months together. She is married to film director Gavin O'Connor; they married on June 22, 2013. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


On November 10, 2005, Burns broke her neck in a diving accident. Although she made a full recovery, she has a titanium fusion in her neck consisting of a plate, rod, and ten screws.

Charitable activities

When Burns was filming Baywatch, she was involved with Camp Baywatch, teaching inner-city children to swim and lifeguard. She has mentored for Penny Lane, a home for abused children. She has been involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She is the spokesperson for Give Back a Smile, a program in which dentists donate their time and expertise to restore the smiles of women who are victims of domestic violence.

Burns is actively involved in, and was honored by, the Life Rolls On Foundation, an organization that aims to help people with spinal cord injuries return to an active lifestyle. In 2006, as a result of her diving injury, she became involved with the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and the North American Spine Society, which aim to raise awareness of spinal injuries.


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Shallow Hal Pretty/Ugly Katrina
2005 The Salon Tami
Single White Female 2: The Psycho Jan Lambert Direct-to-DVD
Death to the Supermodels Eva Direct-to-DVD
2006 Murder on Spec Kate Graham
2007 Urban Decay Sasha
2008 The Art of Travel Darlene Loren
Smoke Jumper aka Trial by Fire Kristin Scott Lifetime TV movie
2009 Dancing Trees Nicole
2010 Titanic II Dr. Kim Patterson Direct-to-DVD
2013 A Sister's Revenge Suzanne Dunne Lifetime TV Movie
2015 Where Hope Grows Amy Boone
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Out of the Blue Peg 22 episodes
1997 Conan the Adventurer 1 episode
Ally McBeal The Girl
Jennifer Higgin
4 episodes
1998-2001 Baywatch Jessie Owens 46 episodes
1999 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Lori 1 episode
2002 Men, Women & Dogs Kristle 1 episode
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Beatrice Epps 2 episodes
2002-2003 Dog Eat Dog Host 26 episodes
Just Shoot Me! Kelly
Cover model
2 episodes
2003 She Spies Nicki Shields 1 episode
Rock Me Baby Erin "White Chocolate" Rimsing 1 episode
2004-2005 North Shore Nicole Booth 21 episodes
2006 Modern Men Angelica 1 episode
Pepper Dennis Kathy Dinkle Williams 13 episodes
Trophy Wife Kate Graham Television movie
2007 Time and Again Anna Malone Television movie
2008 Trial by Fire Kristen Television movie
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Jennifer Cullen Television movie
Miss Guided Lisa Germain 7 episodes
2008-2009 Hole in the Wall Co-host 18 episodes
2009 Mistresses Shannon Barnes Television movie
CSI: Miami Bonnie Galinetti/Marci Reeger 1 episode
Drop Dead Diva Christy Talbot 1 episode
Melrose Place Vanessa Mancini 6 episodes
2011 You Deserve It Hostess 6 episodes
Fixing Pete Ashley Television movie
Borderline Murder Ally Television movie
2012 Undercover Bridesmaid Tanya Television Movie
A Star for Christmas Skylar Television Movie
2013-2015 The Chase Host 29 episodes
2014-present Motor City Masters Host 10 episodes
2015 Community E.T. Host Episode: "Intro to Recycled Cinema"
2015 Gourmet Detective Television movie

Brooke Burns supports the following charitable causes: Autism, AIDS, Children.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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