African-American and Italian actress Brooklyn Sudano, the daughter of legendary 1970's singer Donna Summer and singer/songwriter/producer Bruce Sudano, is probably best remembered while playing Vanessa Scott (2003-2005), Junior's (played by George O. Gore II) new girlfriend and later wife, on ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids," and portraying the title character in her film debut, "Rain" (2006), Craig DiBona's film adaptation of Virginia C. Andrews' novel.
She also has appeared in the TV series "Without a Trace," "Cuts," "CSI: NY," "Fear Itself," and will appear in the pilot episode of "90210."
This 5' 6" actress has been married to her long time boyfriend, Mike McGlaflin, since 2006.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of legendary 1970's singer Donna Summer and singer/songwriter/producer Bruce Sudano, Brooklyn Sudano was born on January 5, 1981 in Nashville, Tennessee. She is granddaughter of Andrew Gaines and Mary Ellen Gaines. She has a sister, Amanda Sudano, and a half-sister, Mimi Sommer. Her aunt is Mary Ellen Bernard.
Having always had a passion for the performing arts from a very young age, Brooklyn left her studies at Vanderbilt University to attend the renowned Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. She married her long time boyfriend, Mike McGlaflin, on October 8, 2006. She now lives in Los Angeles and enjoys painting, drawing, and dancing in her free time.
My Wife and Kids
Born and raised in a family working in the showbiz, Brooklyn Sudano always had a passion for the performing arts from a very young age. After dropping out of Vanderbilt University, she went to sharpen her craft at the renowned Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
After a guest spot in an episode of CBS drama series about a fictitious full-time FBI missing persons unit, "Without a Trace," Brooklyn replaced Meagan Good as Vanessa Scott (2003-2005), Junior's (played by George O. Gore II) new girlfriend and later wife, on ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids," starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin. First appearing in the season finale of season 3, she continues as a regular cast member throughout the rest of the series.
In 2006, Brooklyn acted in her film debut, "Rain," Craig DiBona's film adaptation of Virginia C. Andrews' novel in which she portrayed the title character of a musical prodigy raised by an African American family and learns that she is actually the daughter of a white socialite who had paid her step-family to raise her as their own. That same year, she played Felicia in several episodes of UPN sitcom "Cuts."
2007 saw Brooklyn was spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS police procedural/drama series "CSI: NY" and co-starred with Marques Houston and Omarion Grandberry in the horror TV movie "Somebody Help Me." She most recently guest-starred in a July 2008 episode of the NBC horror anthology series "Fear Itself."
Brooklyn is currently filming a sci-fi/drama TV movie titled "Revolution" with Peter Fonda and Bill Campbell and will team up with Rick Yune, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Moseley in a sequel to Uwe Boll's 2005 film "Alone in the Dark," "Alone in the Dark II." She will also appear as Miss Austin in the pilot of "90210," The CW upcoming teen drama series, the fourth series in the "Beverly Hills, 90210" franchise scheduled to premiere in the USA on The CW in September 2, 2008.
In addition to acting and some commercial modeling, Brooklyn also tried to follow her mother's footsteps by performing her own music. She is currently working in the studio with Henry Hirsch (producer for Lenny Kravitz) in New York.