Saturday, January 10, 2009

Lipstick Jungle: Wendy Healy

Brooke Shields as Wendy Healy

Brooke Shields is a highly accomplished television, film and theater actress, as well as a businesswoman, author and model.

Brooke began her professional career at only 11 months of age when she was selected as the Ivory Snow Baby, and by age 3 was a runway model. Since that time, Shields has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines most notably Time magazine as the "Face of the Eighties," and Life magazine on three separate occasions. Shields continues to be featured worldwide in publications and in recent product endorsements such as Ivory.

At age 9, Shields began her extensive film career when she won her first acting role in "Holy Terror" and went on to greater parts as a child film star in Louis Malle's "Pretty Baby," the Palme D'or Award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and Franco Zeffirelli's "Blue Lagoon." Shields has worked with such film greats as Susan Sarandon, Shelley Winters, Henry and Peter Fonda, George Burns, Charles Durning, Hal Holbrook and Kiefer Sutherland. Currently Shields has starring roles in the soon to be released films: "The Weekend" with Gena Rowlands; "Black and White" with Robert Downey, Jr.; "The Bachelor" with Chris O'Donnell, and "After Sex."

While at Princeton University, where Shields was an honors graduate, she pursued her love for the theater, and after graduation, made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the hit musical "Grease", for which she earned the Theatre World Award in 1994 for Outstanding Debut on Broadway.

Shields has received numerous awards and accolades for her extensive repertoire of talents. In 1997 and 1998 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy, and was also nominated for the American Comedy Awards' Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series-Leading Role for her hit comedy show, "Suddenly Susan." Shields is the recipient of five People's Choice Awards: Favorite Young Performer in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984, and Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series in 1997. In 1999 Shields received the Genii Award for Outstanding Success in Television, Stellar Achievements in Television Performances and Good Citizenship in the Television Community. Shields also is the proud recipient of the 1st Annual Fun, Fearless, Female Award from Cosmopolitan magazine.

Shields is the author of "The Brooke Book," "On Your Own," "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression," and her first children's book, "Welcome to Your World, Baby." In addition to her professional career, she continues to be a strong advocate for children's rights and literacy, and is the national spokesperson for Tupperware's Chain of Confidence campaign.
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