Brooke Adams
Birth Date:
February 8, 1949
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
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Gas Food Lodging


Actress Brooke Adams made her professional acting debut at age 6. She later received a Saturn nomination for her starring role of Elizabeth Driscoll in the successful remake “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978), opposite Donald Sutherland, and an Independent Spirit nomination for her scene stealing role of Nora in Allison Anders' “Gas Food Lodging” (1992). She is also known for her work in the films “Days of Heaven” (1978), “Cuba” (1979), “Tell Me a Riddle” (1980), “The Dead Zone” (1983), “Man on Fire” (1987), “The Baby-Sitters Club” (1995), “Made-Up” (2002), “At Last” (2005), “The Legend of Lucy Keyes” (2006), “The Accidental Husband” (2008) and “Gary's Walk” (2009) and for guest starring in popular TV series such as “Touched by an Angel,” “Frasier,” “Monk” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Her TV credits also include a regular role on the brief lived sitcom “O.K. Crackerby” (1965-1966), a starring role in the TV film “Lace” (1984) and its sequel “Lace II” (1985), and recurring roles in “Family” (1977-1978) and “Moonlighting” (1988). On stage, Adams has performed on Broadway in the productions “Rainbow,” “The Heidi Chronicles” and “The Cherry Orchard” and in the off-Broadway plays “The Petrified Forest” and “Key Exchange.”

Adams has been married to “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub since 1992. They have adopted two daughters, Josie Lynn and Sophie.

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Childhood and Family:

Brooke Adams was born on February 8, 1949, in New York City, New York, to Rosalind, an actress, and Robert K. Adams, a producer, actor, and ex-vice president of CBS. Her dad was a descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. She has a sister named Lynne Adams, who is also an actress. Brooke attended New York's High School of Performing Arts and the Institute of American Ballet. She studied acting under Lee Strasberg.

In 1992, Brooke married actor Tony Shalhoub (born on October 9, 1953), whom she met in 1988 when they acted together on Broadway in “The Heidi Chronicles.” Prior to the marriage, she had adopted a daughter named Josie Lynn (born in 1988), whom Tony later adopted. The couple has since adopted another daughter named Sophie (born in 1993).

Invasion of the Body Snatchers


Brooke Adams made her Broadway as a child in the 1954 revival of Finian's “Rainbow.” Nine years later, she broke into the small screen with the role of Marky Morgan in a 1963 episode of “East Side/West Side” called “My Child on Monday Morning.” She moved on to have a regular role in the short lived ABC sitcom “O.K. Crackerby” (1965-1966), where she was cast as the teenage daughter of Burl Ives. Adams, however, did not take on another role until several years later when she received an unaccredited role in “Edgar Allan Poe's 'Murders in the Rue Morgue'” (1971), which was directed by Gordon Hessler and starred Jason Robards and Herbert Lom. She resurfaced three years later in the television drama “F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles.” She then appearing in bit parts in Francis Ford Coppola's feature film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby” and the comedy “The Lord's of Flatbush” (both also 1974). The same year, she worked off-Broadway in a revival of Robert E. Sherwood's “The Petrified Forest.”

The following year, Adams landed supporting roles in the made for television films “The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return” (as Mae), “Who Is the Black Dahlia,” (as Diane Fowler), “Black Bart” (as Jennifer) and “Murder on Flight 502” (as Vera Franklin). She also had a lead role in the television thriller “Song of the Succubus,” where she played the dual role of Olive Deems and Gloria Chambers. Glenn Jordan directed the film. After a guest spot in the hit series “Police Woman” (1976), the actress costarred in the made for TV biopic “James Dean” (1976), which starred Stephen McHattie as the legendary movie actor James Dean and Michael Brandon as Dean's roommate William Bast. She went on to guest star in “The Bob Newhart Show” (as Mitzi Margolis) and “Kojak” (as Julie Winston, both 1976) and portray Terry in the Joel Schumacher written film “Car Wash” (also 1976), but her part ended up on the cutting room floor.

Adams next appeared in “Shock Waves” (1977), a movie directed by Ken Wiederhorn. She then portrayed Lizzie in the acclaimed drama series “Family,” which she played during 1977 to 1978, before gaining attention as the star of Terrence Malick's critically applauded film “Days of Heaven” (1978), opposite Richard Gere and Sam Shepard. She enjoyed further recognition with her portrayal of Elizabeth Driscoll, Donald Sutherland's friend and colleague, in the science fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978), a remake of the 1956 film of the same name that was based on Jack Finney's novel “The Body Snatchers.” Helmed by Philip Kaufman and adapted by W. D. Richter, the remake performed well at the box office. Adams was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress at the 1979 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards for her performance in the film.

After an unaccredited part in Michael Crichton's big screen adaptation of his novel “The Great Train Robbery” (1979), which starred Sean Connery, her “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” costar Donald Sutherland, and Lesley-Anne, Adams was reunited with Sutherland for the Noel Black directed heist film “A Man, a Woman and a Bank” (1979), where they played Stacey Bishop and Reese Halperin, respectively, and was cast as Alexandra Lopez de Pulido, the former lover of Sean Connery, in Richard Lester's drama “Cuba” (1979). The same year, she also costarred as Sarah Dacos in the ABC made for TV film “Nero Wolfe,” adapted from Rex Stout's novel “The Doorbell Rang.” The drama starred Thayer David and Tom Mason.

Opening the 1980s, Adams played Jeannie, the granddaughter of Lila Kedrova, in “Tell Me a Riddle” (1980), a drama adapted from Tillie Olsen's O. Henry Award winning collection of short stories of the same title, starred with Robert Hays in the independent comedy “Utilities” (1981), was cast as Julia Newell in the PBS original TV film “The Innocents Abroad” (1983) and gave a notable performance as Sarah Bracknell in the science fiction film “The Dead Zone” (1983), based on Stephen King's novel of the same name and directed by David Cronenberg. Costars of the latter film included Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt and Martin Sheen.

In 1984, after a performance in Michael Roemer's “Haunted” (TV), Adams starred with Bess Armstrong, Arielle Dombasle and Phoebe Cates in the two part TV miniseries “Lace,” adapted from the novel of the same name by author Shirley Conran. She went on to reprise her role of Pagan Tralone in the 1985 two part installment “Lace II.” In between the shows, Adams starred as Diane Dupuy in the television film “Special People” (1984) and Erica Boyer in independent film “Almost You” (1985), which was directed and co-written by Adam Brooke. She then made a cameo appearance in Larry Cohen's horror movie “The Stuff” (1985), reprised her stage role of Lisa for the feature film version of Kevin Wade's “Key Exchange” (1985), opposite Danny Aiello as Carabello, teamed up with Brian Dennehy for the television movie “The Lion of Africa” (1987, HBO), appeared in “Paul Reiser Out on a Whim” (1987, TV) and played Jane in the movie “Man on Fire” (1987). In addition, she landed a three episode role in the Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd led series “Moonlighting” (1988) and costarred with Sela Ward, Shelley Hack and Stephanie Faracy in the 1989 television movie “Bridesmaids.” She resurfaced on stage when she starred with future husband Tony Shalhoub in a Broadway production of “The Heidi Chronicles” in 1988.

Adams next portrayed Virginia Marshall in “The Unborn,” a horror film directed by Rodman Flender starring Jeff Hayenga and James Karen. She then starred with Tim Matheson in a TV movie adaptation of Stephen King's “Sometimes They Come Back” and guest starred in the series “thirtysomething” (all 1991) before delivering a remarkable portrayal of Nora in the 1992 film “Gas Food Lodging.” Under the direction of Allison Anders, she was handed a 1993 Independent Spirit nomination in the category of Best Supporting Female for the role.

In the TV thriller “The Last Hit” (1993), an adaptation of Reginald Hill's novel “The Long Kill,” she played Anna, opposite Bryan Brown as Michael Grant. Adams also received roles in the TV film “Probable Cause” (1994) and the family film “The Baby-Sitters Club” (1995, as Elizabeth Thomas Brewer) and made guest appearances in a string of TV shows, including “Picture Windows” (1994), “Touched by an Angel” (1994, as Susana), “Frasier” (1995, as Marilyn), “Wings”(1996, as Mary) and “Gun” (1997, as Joyce).

Returning to the big screen after seven years, Adams won positive reviews for playing Elizabeth James Tivey in “Made-Up” (2002), an independent comedy directed by her husband Tony Shalhoub and written by her sister Lynne Adams. She also served as a producer. Still in 2002, Adams began making guest appearances in her husband's series “Monk.”

After working with her husband in the short film “Party Animals” (2003), Adams disappeared from the screen for nearly two years and resurfaced as Carol Singleton in the 2005 film “At Last,” directed by Tom Anton. In June that same year, she was cast as Lyubov Ranevskaya in a Broadway production of Anton Chekhov's “The Cherry Orchard.” She next portrayed Samantha Porter in John Stimpson's movie “The Legend of Lucy Keyes” (2006), opposite Julie Delpy and Justin Theroux, Carolyn in Griffin Dunne's “The Accidental Husband” (2008), starring Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth and Sam Shepard, and Marcia in the 2009 drama “Gary's Walk,” for director Guy Zimmerman. In 2008, she appeared as Margo in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “PTSD.”

Adam has completed making her short film “Pet Peeves” (2009), which she directed, wrote and produced. She is set to costar with her husband in a project for director/writer Donna Robinson. The film is scheduled to be released in 2010.


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