Burns in July 2010
|Born||Brooke Elizabeth Burns
March 16, 1978
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, television presenter, former model|
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 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.
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 discovering in her audition she was the "prettiest dorky girl" they'd ever met. 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.
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.
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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.
|2001||Shallow Hal||Pretty/Ugly Katrina|
|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|
|2008||The Art of Travel||Darlene Loren|
|Smoke Jumper aka Trial by Fire||Kristin Scott||Lifetime TV movie|
|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|
|1996||Out of the Blue||Peg||22 episodes|
|1997||Conan the Adventurer||1 episode|
|Ally McBeal||The Girl
|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
|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–present||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|
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- "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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