Wild On Burke
The French, Irish, and Portuguese exotic Brooke Burke is widely known as the bikini-dressed host for E!'s adventure and travel show Wild On. Winning her first beauty pageant at the age of 14, Brooke later became a model for the Ford Agency, working such gigs as Fredericks of Hollywood and Bally Total Fitness. Her work on Wild On brought her more attention and she was asked to pose for such magazines as Playboy and Maxim.
This curvaceous intelligent brunette, who graduated in business advertising and broadcast journalism from Santa Monica College and UCLA, also hosted the ABC Family's Gilmore Girls with a "behind the scenes" special. One can also catch her on Sunday nights in Life is Great and big screen's comedy Dodgeball, in which she co-starred with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughnn.
"I never intended to make the cross-over from modeling to hosting, let alone acting, but when an incredible opportunity comes along, I'm up for it." Brooke Burke
During her busy schedule Brooke Burke, who's best friends
include Neriah Davis and Nikki Schieler Ziering, saves time to support several
charity organizations, two of which are Athletes & Entertainers for Kids and the
Entertainment Industry Foundation.
A Dedicated Wife and Mother
Childhood and Family:
The French, Irish and Portuguese descendant Brooke Burke was born on August 8, 1971 to French/Irish father George and Portuguese mother Donna. Born in Connecticut, Burke was actually raised by her stepfather Armen Hartounian in the state of Arizona.
Leo woman Burke has two daughters, Sierra Sky (born April, 2002) and Neriah (born March, 2000), who was named after Burke's best friend Neriah Davis. Burke is married to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Garth Fisher.
A devoted wife and mother, Burke spends her free time with Garth
and their daughters. Living in Los Angeles, she keeps shape with yoga,
kickboxing, scuba diving and long walks. Burke enjoys relaxing by cooking or
The Exotic Expands
"When I was young, I wanted to do something more low-key, like become a drummer in a rock band," revealed model, presenter and actress Brooke Burke whose dazzling exotic visage has been adored by magazine readers and TV audiences. Accidentally noticed by a talent scout while accompanying her friend to a modeling agency in Scottsdale, Burke soon attempted modeling in her homeland while obtaining an acting scholarship.
Burke has brains and managed her limited time to include both
studying broadcast journalism at UCLA and modeling. She landed several deals
with agencies like Ford, Wilhelmina and
Cunningham-Escott-Dipene. Simultaneously she landed numerous magazine covers, billboards, swimsuit editorials, catalogues, posters, as well as well-known advertisements. Brooke became a figure for Bally's Total Fitness, Yankee's Shortstop and Discover Card. She also worked ads for Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and M Professional Cosmetics.
Burke's big break would come in 1999 when E! Entertainment Television searched for a substitute host for their show Wild On. Burke's friend suggested she interview with the network. Apparently, Burke was the right person and producers gave her a try-out show in Spain in which she had to take part in a tomato war, La Tomatina. The producers were pleased and Burke scored a three-year contract.
Wild On aired at midnight, six nights in a week, and took Burke to the most exotic panoramas on the globe, such as Australia, Bali and Belize. "The sun is always shining somewhere in the world and that's where we go," said Burke. The show also landed her the representative spot for Norwegian Cruise Line.
The high publicity of Wild On skyrocketed Burke's name and in May of 2001 she posed for Playboy. After Wild On, Burke continued to work for E!, hosting their famous show Rank, and Live From The Red Carpet as well as appearing on The Weakest Link and That's Life. During this time, Burke also hosted ABC's Family Behind the Scenes Gilmore Girls and Smallville's Backstage Special.
On TV, Burke made several appearances, notably in Monk, Less Than Perfect in 2004 and Life is Great with Brooke Burke. As for the big screen, Burke appeared in 2004's The Hazing, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Knuckle Sandwich. She also provided her voice for Atari's Trivial Pursuit video game People and Places.
An incisive entrepreneur, Burke introduced a swimwear line,
Barely Brooke, using her own name and designs. She later added her own calendar
series with her 2005 calendar ranking first in model calendars and fifth place
in calendars nationwide.