Shields began her professional career
at only eleven months of age when she was selected as the Ivory Snow
Baby, and by age 3 was a runway model. Since that time she has graced
the covers of hundreds of magazines – most notably "Time"
magazine as the "Face of the Eighties," and "Life"
magazine on three separate occasions. Shields continues to be featured
in publications worldwide and in recent product endorsements such as
At age 9, Shields won her first acting
role in "Holy Terror" and went on to star in Louis Malles’
"Pretty Baby," the Palme D’or Award winner at the Cannes
Film Festival, and Franco Zeferilli’s "Blue Lagoon." She has
worked with such film greats as Susan Sarandon, Shelly Winters, Henry
and Peter Fonda, George Burns, Charles Durning, and Hal Holbrook.
Currently, Shields has starring roles in the soon to be released films:
"The Weekend" with Gena Rowlands, "Black and White"
with Robert Downey Jr., "The Bachelor" with Chris O’Donnell,
and "After Sex."
While at Princeton University, where
Shields was an honors graduate, she pursued her love for the theatre,
and after graduation made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the hit musical
"Grease" earning the Theatre World Award in 1994 for
Outstanding Debut on Broadway.
Shields has received numerous awards
and accolades. In 1997 and 1998 she was nominated for a Golden Globe
Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and
was also nominated for The American Comedy Awards’ Funniest Female
Performer in a Television Series – Leading Role. She won five
People’s Choice Awards – Favorite Young Performer in 1981, 1982,
1983 and 1984 and Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series
in 1997. In 1999 Shields received the Genii Award for Outstanding
Success in Television, Stellar Achievements in Television Performances
and Good Citizenship in the Television Community. The actress also is
the proud recipient of the First Annual "Fun, Fearless,
Female" Award from "Cosmopolitan" magazine.
Shields is the author of "The
Brooke Book" and "On Your Own." In addition to her
professional career, she continues to be a strong advocate for
children’s rights and literacy. Her birthday is May 31.
Official biography by NBC