Birth Date: March 16, 1978 / Age: 39
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas
Biography: Brooke Burns, born March 16, 1978 in Dallas, Texas, is an American model and television and motion picture actress probably best known for her role on Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii.
Brooke was the middle child of three siblings. Since kindergarten, her dream was to become a ballet dancer. Her mother encouraged her from a young age to pursue this. Unfortunately, a serious ski accident prevented Burns' from accomplishing this; she was unable to perform the flexible moves needed to become a top tier dancer. Then, her mother sent her to do some modeling as a back-up plan. At 16 years old, still in high school, Brooke began to appear in European and American fashion magazines.
She started appearing in commercials for Mug Root Beer and popular restaurants. Her appearances translated into a successful audition for Out of the Blue, a show filmed on location at Sea World, in Orlando, Florida. After this, she decided to move to Los Angeles. She got an audition for a role on Baywatch and while she didn't get the part, she got her big break when she was called back to fill a permanent role as Jessie Owens. She developed a cult following on Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii. In addition to her Baywatch role, Burns appeared in several episodes of Ally McBeal, where she played a fictional character in Calista Flockhart's delusions. At 22 she discovered she was pregnant and decided to leave Baywatch. The father was recent husband Julian McMahon of the WB show, Charmed. Their daughter, baby Madison, was born in 2000. The next year Brooke took a small yet significant role in the 2001 comedy Shallow Hal, where she played a woman whose inner beauty transforms her into a goddess.
She then appeared in a celebrity edition of Fear Factor, where she leapt on top of a speeding double-decker bus. Impressed with her charisma and sense of adventure, Producers from NBC asked her to sign on as host of a new reality show/game show. She took the position and has hosted the short-lived American version of the Dog Eat Dog gameshow for two summer seasons in 2002 and 2003. The show had great Nielsen ratings since its debut in 2002.
Just recently, she got a starring role in the fox prime-time soap opera drama series North Shore playing "Nicole Booth", the director of guest relations at an exclusive hawaiian hotel. She will soon be seen in the upcoming film Death to the supermodels.
Burns also appeared on Just Shoot Me, To Tell the Truth, and Average Joe: Hawaii.
Brooke was engaged to Bruce Willis from 2003 until June 2, 2004, when they broke the engagement due to trouble maintaining a long-distance relationship.
Currently, she resides in the Los Angeles suburbs and still enjoys dancing on a regular basis. She loves the outdoors, swimming and writing poetry & songs. She is also active in the Planet Hope and Camp Baywatch charities.