|Born||Elisabeth Brooks Luyties
July 2, 1951
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||September 7, 1997
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Occupation||Actress, singer, poet, writer|
Brooks was born Elisabeth Brooks Luyties in Toronto, Ontario  and began her acting career aged five encompassing both stage and screen. She started appearing in television roles in the mid-1970s and managed to pursue her acting career as a single mother while working a variety of jobs to support herself and her son. She had a brief role in Rich Man, Poor Man before appearing regularly on the soap opera Days of our Lives, and in such popular television series as The Rockford Files, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch, The Six Million Dollar Man and Emergency! Brooks is probably best remembered for her role as the evil leather-clad siren Marsha Quist in the horror film The Howling (1981), a role that brought her considerable notoriety within the genre. She was considered for the role of Brenda Wyatt in the 1986 cult classic Highlander.
Brooks was not only an actress, but also a writer, poet and singer. She had a deep, sultry voice and can be heard singing briefly in the independent film The Forgotten One (1989) Brooks was also known for her spirituality and encouragement of others. She wrote and produced plays that taught children about the environment, and how they could work with parents to improve their community. An example of this was "Orphan Dreams", which she directed first at Calabasas High School and again at Chamber at Studio City.
After a three-year struggle with brain cancer, Brooks died in a hospice near her home in Palm Springs, California at age 46. As Gigi Porter wrote in a tribute to her, "let it be said, Elisabeth Brooks was no quitter. She was a fighter...a true warrior to the end."
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