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Brooke Adams (actress)

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Brooke Adams
Brooke Adams from a publicity photo for The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return, 1975
Born (1949-02-08) February 8, 1949 (age 75)[1]
New York City, U.S.
Years active1963–present
(m. 1992)
RelativesLynne Adams (sister)

Brooke Adams (born February 8, 1949) is an American actress,[2] best known for her film roles in Days of Heaven (1978), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Dead Zone (1983).

Early life[edit]

Adams was born on February 8, 1949, in New York City, to Rosalind (née Gould), an actress, and Robert K. Adams, who was a producer, actor, and former vice president of CBS, as well as an unverified descendant of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.[3][4] Her sister is actress Lynne Adams. She attended the High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet, and in her youth took dance classes at her aunt's studio in Montague, Michigan.[5]


After playing roles in television and low-budget films such as Shock Waves,[6] Adams appeared in Days of Heaven (1978) and the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), for which she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress. She has also starred in the films Cuba (1979), The Dead Zone (1983), Key Exchange[7] (1985) and Gas Food Lodging (1992), the latter earning her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.

In 2002, she appeared in the romantic comedy Made-Up, which was written by her sister Lynne Adams and directed by her husband Tony Shalhoub. Adams also appeared in the films At Last and The Legend of Lucy Keyes (both 2005), starred on Broadway in The Cherry Orchard, Lend Me a Tenor, Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles (1990), and guest-starred in Monk, the series starring her husband, appearing in five different episodes, playing four different roles, and appearing once more in its TV movie Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie. She also guest starred with him in an episode of Wings several years before.

Personal life[edit]

Adams has been married to actor Tony Shalhoub since 1992.[8] They have two daughters, both of whom were adopted.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue Nurse (uncredited)
1974 The Great Gatsby Party Guest (uncredited)
1974 The Lords of Flatbush (uncredited)
1976 Car Wash Terry Scenes deleted
1977 Shock Waves Rose
1978 Days of Heaven Abby
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Elizabeth Driscoll Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
1978 The First Great Train Robbery (uncredited)
1979 A Man, a Woman and a Bank Stacey Bishop
1979 Cuba Alexandra Lopez de Pulido
1980 Tell Me a Riddle Jeannie
1983 Utilities Marion Edwards
1983 The Dead Zone Sarah Bracknell
1984 Vengeance Is Mine Jo Alternate title: Haunted
1984 Terror in the Aisles Elizabeth Driscoll Archive footage
1985 Almost You Erica Boyer
1985 The Stuff Special guest star in Stuff commercial
1985 Key Exchange Lisa
1987 Man on Fire Jane
1991 The Unborn Virginia Marshall Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
1992 Gas Food Lodging Nora Evans Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Elizabeth Thomas Brewer
2002 Made-Up Elizabeth James Tivey Also producer
2003 Party Animals Celeb Mother Short film
2004 At Last Carol Singleton
2006 The Legend of Lucy Keyes Samantha Porter
2008 The Accidental Husband Carolyn
2009 Gary's Walk Marcia
2017 Breakable You Ruth Frank
2018 Snapshots Patty Nominated—Nice International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
2019 Hamlet 360: Thy Father's Spirit Gertrude Video


Year Title Role Notes
1963 East Side/West Side Marky Morgan Episode: "My Child on Monday Morning"
1965 O.K. Crackerby! Cynthia Crackerby 14 episodes
1974 F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' Kitty Preston TV movie
1975 Who Is the Black Dahlia? Diane Fowler TV movie
1975 Song of the Succubus Olive Deems / Gloria Chambers TV movie
1975 Black Bart Jennifer TV short
1975 Murder on Flight 502 Vera Franklin TV movie
1976 Police Woman Angela Episode: "Angela"
1976 James Dean Beverly TV movie
1976 The Bob Newhart Show Mitzi Margolis Episode: "The Boy Next Door"
1976 Kojak Julie Winston Episode: "Dead Again"
1977 Family Lizzie Episode: "Acts of Love: Part 1"
Episode: "Acts of Love: Part 2"
1977 Nero Wolfe Sarah Dacos TV movie broadcast 1979
1978 Family Lizzie Episode: "Echoes of Love"
1983 Great Performances Julia Newell Episode: "The Innocents Abroad"
1984 Lace Jennifer 'Pagan' Trelawney TV movie
1984 Special People Diane Dupuy TV movie
1984 American Playhouse Episode: "Haunted"
1985 Lace II Pagan Tralone TV miniseries
1986 American Playhouse Julia Newell Episode: "The Innocents Abroad"
1987 Paul Reiser Out on a Whim TV movie
1987 The Lion of Africa Grace Danet TV movie
1988 Moonlighting Terri Knowles 3 episodes
1989 Bridesmaids Patricia TV movie
1991 Sometimes They Come Back Sally Norman TV movie
1991 thirtysomething Bree Ann Pratt Episode: "Melissa in Wonderland"
1993 The Last Hit Anna TV movie
1994 Picture Windows Angie Varnas Episode: "Song of Songs"
1994 Probable Cause TV movie
1994 Touched by an Angel Susana Episode: "An Unexpected Snow"
1995 Frasier Marilyn (voice) Episode: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"
1996 Wings Mary Episode: "All About Christmas Eve"
1997 Gun Joyce Episode: "Father John"
2002 Monk Leigh Harrison Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"
2005 Monk Mrs. Abigail Carlyle Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Kid"
2007 Monk Sheriff Margie Butterfield Episode: "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm"
2008 Monk Leigh Harrison Episode: "Mr. Monk's 100th Case"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Margo Episode: "PTSD"
2009 Monk Edith Capriani Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Badge"
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Madrid woman TV movie
2016 BrainDead Senator Diane Vaynerchuk Recurring role, 5 episodes
2023 Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie Beth TV movie


  1. ^ Brooke Adams at Turner Classic Movies; retrieved March 15, 2023
  2. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 20, 2004). "An Actress of a Certain Age Eyes the Beauty Cult". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Buckley, Tom (November 17, 1978). "At the Movies". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Robert K. Adams, 72, a Producer Of Television and Theater Shows". The New York Times. February 16, 1981.
  5. ^ Adams, Brooke (December 6, 2017). "All She Wants to Do is Dance". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Eleanor Mannikka (2008). "Shock Waves". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 31, 2008.
  7. ^ Canby, Vincent (August 14, 1985). "Key Exchange (1985) SCREEN: 'KEY EXCHANGE,' A COMEDY". The New York Times.
  8. ^ McColl, Katy (July 25, 2010). "Tony Shalhoub's Country Cottage". Country Living.
  9. ^ Gliatto, Tom (November 4, 1996). "Now He's Cooking". People.

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