Baywatch viewers perked up when Southern beauty Brooke Burns portrayed the character of Jessica 'Jessie' Owen from 1998 to 2000.
Burns also landed a returning role in the hit TV series Ally McBeal, and hosted the Dog Eat Dog series.
After her divorce from "Charmed" actor Julian McMahon, Burns linked up for a while with action actor Bruce Willis. Despite no longer dating the two remain friends as it is rumored Burns holds a deep affection for his daughters.
Being asked about her ideal man, Burns revealed, "...athletic, a gentleman. I'm a Southern girl. I like when they open the door and pull out a chair. I'm really into a man's man."
As time allows Burns supports Penny Lane, an accommodation for ill-treated children, and Planet Home charities. She is also involved with Camp Baywatch.
Childhood and Family:
The second child among three siblings, Brooke Elizabeth Burns was born on March 16, 1978, in Dallas, Texas. Coming from a family that boasts of a champion swimmer (Brooke's father was a former national champion swimmer at SMU), it is no surprise that Brooke also loves to splash the waves and curl up after with her favorite movie, The Princess Bride.
Burns was married to actor Julian McMahon (b. July 27, 1968) on December 22, 1999, but two years later they filed for divorce. From the marriage they have one daughter named Madison who was born on June 10th in 2000.
Burns currently lives in a Los Angeles suburb and loves to spend her free time writing in her journal, hanging out with friends and family, going to church, and dancing. Brooke also enjoys the outdoors and participating in activities like hiking, swimming, scuba diving and horseback riding.
Diving a New Challenge
Brooke dreamt of being a professional ballet dancer but later had to choose another direction when a ski accident hurt the elasticity of one leg. Burns' mother encouraged her to give modeling a shot.
Thanks to mom's idea, at age sixteen Burns appeared in both European and American fashion magazines.
Modeling mixed with advertisement work with companies like Mug Root Beer, Matrix and Carrows Restaurants, helped Burns land the recurring role of Peg in the TV's Out of the Blue (1996), which took place in Sea World, Orlando, Florida. After Out of the Blue, Burns flew to Los Angeles in the pursuit of more promising roles. Los Angeles pulled through for her with her breakthrough role of Jessica 'Jessie' Owens (1998-2000), in the TV series Baywatch and it's spin off Baywatch Hawaii.
After leaving Baywatch at age 22 (Burns was pregnant), Burns then made some appearances in episodes of Ally McBeal, playing the imaginary character Jennifer. She also nabbed other TV guest roles, including the role of Beatrice Epps in the TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, starring Timothy Hutton. She also participated as a panelist for the 2000 TV show, To Tell The Truth.
Burns stepped into the silver screen with a cameo role in the comedy movie Shallow Hal (2001), starring Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. In 2004, Burns was seen in the movie Death to the Supermodels and television's North Shore.
Commenting on her role in Dog Eat Dog, Burke stated, "I was part of the first celebrity 'Fear Factor' and I saw some of what there would be if a show such as 'Dog Eat Dog' became 'Fear Factor' meets 'Weakest Link'." She further added, "I love the opportunity to be myself as opposed to playing a character. I'm excited about the improvisational side of the job, and I think the key to being a good host is listening and being who I am."