Elisabeth Brooks

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Elisabeth Brooks
Born Elisabeth Brooks Luyties
(1951-07-02)July 2, 1951
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died September 7, 1997(1997-09-07) (aged 46)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.[1]
Cause of death Brain cancer
Occupation Actress, singer, poet, writer
Years active 1974-91

Elisabeth Brooks (July 2, 1951 – September 7, 1997) was a Canadian actress.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Brooks was born Elisabeth Brooks Luyties[3] in Toronto, Ontario[citation needed] 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 (1976), 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).[4] Her other film appearances included Deep Space (1988), and The Forgotten One (1989), starring Kristy McNichol.

After a three-year struggle with brain cancer, Brooks died in a hospital near her home in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 46.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Obituaries in the Performing Arts, Harris M. Lentz, McFarland & Company, 1997, page 21
  2. ^ "Elisabeth Brooks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  3. ^ Los Angeles Blue Book, 1973, page 239
  4. ^ "The Howling (1981)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  5. ^ Elisabeth Brooks, 46, an actress seen on television shows..., Baltimore Sun, September 17, 1997
  6. ^ TV actress Elisabeth Brooks dies of cancer at 46, Deseret News, Associated Press, September 18, 1997

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