Brooke Burns

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Not to be confused with Brooke Burke.
Brooke Burns
Brooke Burns 2010.jpg
Burns in July 2010
Born Brooke Elizabeth Burns
(1978-03-16) March 16, 1978 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • TV host
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s)

Julian McMahon (m. 1999–2001)

Gavin O'Connor June 22nd 2013-present.
Partner(s) Bruce Willis (2004)
Gavin O'Connor (engaged)

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[edit]

Burns was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Brad and Betsy Burns.[1] Burns has two sisters. She was a ballet dancer for twelve years during childhood and started modeling at age fifteen 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.[2]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

From 1998 to 2001, 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 on Fox that consisted of 21 episodes which ran from June 14, 2004 through January 13, 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.[3]

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.

Burns is the host of the GSN game show The Chase with Chaser Mark Labbett.[4]

Cinema[edit]

For her role in the 2001 film Shallow Hal, the Farrelly brothers wrote a specific part for Burns after discovering in her audition she was the "prettiest dorky girl" they'd ever met.[2] She appeared in a Hallmark Channel Original 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[edit]

Burns was once married to actor Julian McMahon (1999–2001) and the two have a daughter – Madison Elizabeth McMahon – who was born in June 2000.[2][5] Burns was engaged to Bruce Willis until they broke up in 2004 after ten months together.[6] Burns currently resides in Los Angeles.[2]

She is engaged to film director Gavin O'Connor.[7] They married on June 22nd 2013.

Injury[edit]

On November 10, 2005, Burns broke her neck in a diving accident.[2][8] Although she made a full recovery, she has a titanium fusion in her neck consisting of a plate, rod, and ten screws.[2]

Charitable activities[edit]

When Burns was filming Baywatch, she was involved with Camp Baywatch, teaching inner city children to swim, and perform life guard duties.[2] Burns has mentored for Penny Lane, a home for abused children. She has been involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. She is actively involved in, and was honored by, the Life Rolls On Foundation started by Josh and Jesse Billaur. LRO helps people with spinal cord injuries get back into an active lifestyle. She is also 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. In 2006, as a result of her diving injury, Burns became involved with the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and the North American Spine Society, which both aim to raise awareness of spinal injuries.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film
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 Kristin Scott Direct-to-DVD
2009 Dancing Trees Nicole
2010 Titanic II Dr. Kim Patterson Direct-to-DVD
2013 A Sister's Revenge Suzanne Dunne TV Movie
Television
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
2012 Undercover Bridesmaid Tanya Television Movie
A Star for Christmas Skylar Television Movie
2013 The Chase[4] Host 29 episodes
2014-present Motor City Masters Host 10 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooke Burns Biography (1977?-)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Aguilar, Candice (Summer 2008), "Brooke Burns Interview", U. Magazine: 6–7, retrieved July 4, 2008 
  3. ^ "Brooke Burns turned down Splash offer due to past diving accident". MSN Entertainment. Microsoft. April 10, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Brooke Burns To Host GSN’s ‘The Chase’". Deadline. PMC. May 27, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ CelebrityWonder.com Profile – Brooke Burns. Retrieved July 4, 2008
  6. ^ "Yahoo! Movies". Bruce Willis Biography. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ Finn, Natalie (December 13, 2011). "Newly Blond Brooke Burns Engaged to Warrior Director". E!. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Brooke Burns Talks About Near Fatal Swimming Accident". Celebrity Spider. Walker Marketing, Inc. December 19, 2005. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Diving Accident Survivor Brooke Burns Helps Raise Awareness About Diving Injury Prevention This Summer". North American Spine Society. May 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 

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