“Acting is the life. You get to become so many different characters and travel all over the world meeting new and interesting people. I love it.” Kimberly J. Brown
American actress Kimberly J. Brown began as a model for New York's Ford Agency at age 5. The energetic thespian soon made a name for herself as the youngest player to appear in the Broadway shows “Four Baboons Adoring the Sun” (1990), “Les Miserables” (1993) and “Showboat” (1994). She went on to enjoy a TV spotlight with her role of Marah Lewis on the popular CBS daytime drama “Guiding Light” (1993-2006), from which she took home a Young Artist Award, a YoungStar Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination, before being cast as Janet McTeer's daughter in the highly regarded indie drama “Tumbleweeds” (1999). The role brought the promising actress an Independent Spirit Award and a Young Artist Award. Brown is also notable for playing roles in the TV films “Ellen Foster” (CBS, 1997), the first three “Halloweentown” movies (Disney Channel, 1998, 2001 and 2004), “Quints” (Disney Channel, 2000), “My Sister's Keeper” (2002) and the miniseries “Rose Red” (2002). Her film credits also include “Bringing Down the House” (2003), “Be Cool” (2005) and “Big Bad Wolf” (2006). She recently costarred in the comedy “Friendship” (2010).
Brown is a recipient of the Hollywood Women's Press Golden Apple Award for Youth Discovery of the Year, an honor she received in 1999 with Haley Joel Osment. The same year, she was also accredited as The National Theater Associations' Star of Tomorrow.
Childhood and Family:
Kimberly Jean Brown was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on November 16, 1984. Her mother is Diane Brown. Kimberly has three brothers, Roman, Richard II and Dylan.
As a model of the Ford Agency, Kimberly J. Brown began acting in commercials when she was five years old. The experience led to her first Broadway role two years later in John Guare's “Four Baboons Adoring the Sun” (1992), where she portrayed the daughter of Stockard Channing and James Naughton. She then portrayed young Cosette in the long running musical “Les Miserables” in 1993 and young Kim in the award winning revival of “Show Boat” in 1994. By this time, Brown created a record as the youngest performer to appear in three different Broadway productions.
In 1993, Brown landed the role of Marah Lewis on the hit CBS soap opera “Guiding Light.” She would appear on the series off and on until 2006. As the emotional child of Robert Newman and Kim Zimmer, she won a Young Artist and a YoungStar for Best Performance in a Daytime Drama by a Young Performer (both 1998), as well as a 1996 Daytime Emmy nomination. She also received a Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series by a Supporting Young Actress for her work in the CBS television film “Ellen Foster” (1997), in which she starred as Dora.
Brown was next cast in her first major role in “Halloweentown,” an adventure film that aired on the Disney Channel in 1998. Costarring as Judith Hoag's daughter and Debbie Reynolds' grandchild, Marnie Piper, she was nominated for a 1999 Young Artist Award for her work in the television movie. The same year, she also provided vocals for the Pixar animated film “A Bug's Life.”
The next year, Brown enjoyed praise for her costarring role of Ava Walker, the daughter of a woman who constantly moves from town to town, on the highly acclaimed independent film “Tumbleweeds.” Under the direction of Gavin O'Connor, she was handed an Independent Spirit for Best Debut Performance and a Young Artist for Best Performance in a Feature Film by Leading Young Actress.
Next up for Brown, she starred as 14-year-old Jamie Grover on the Disney Channel film “Quints” (2000), from which she picked up a Young Artist nomination in 2001. She then voiced Lona in WB's “Little Polar Bear” (2001) before reprising her role of Marnie Piper in the sequels “Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge” (2001, earned a Young Artist nomination) and “Halloweentown High” (2004). In between the sequels, she could be seen playing autistic psychic Annie Wheaton in the Emmy nominated miniseries “Rose Red” (2002), which was written by Stephen King. She next portrayed young Christine Chapman n the TV film “My Sister's Keeper” (2002, nabbed a 2003 Young Artist nomination) and the slightly rebellious daughter of Steve Martin in the motion picture “Bringing Down the House” (2003).
In 2005, Brown played an executive assistant at a record company in “Be Cool,” opposite John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Danny DeVito, Debi Mazar and James Woods. She then costarred as Samantha Marche in the horror film “Big Bad Wolf” (2006), which was written and directed by Lance W. Dreesen.
Brown recently costarred in director Markus Goller’s comedy “Friendship,” which was released in 2010.
Independent Spirit: Best Debut Performance, “Tumbleweeds,” 2000
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress, “Tumbleweeds,” 2000
Golden Apple: Youth Female Discovery of the Year, 1999
National Theatre Association: Star of Tomorrow, 1999
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Daytime Drama - Young Performer (Female), “The Guiding Light,” 1998
YoungStar: Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program, “The Guiding Light,” 1997