Brooke Elizabeth Burns was born on March 16, 1978 in Dallas, Texas and she is the middle child of three siblings. She always wanted to be a ballet dancer since she was a child, but after a serious ski accident, Burns was unable to perform as well as she did prior to the accident. Her mother then sent her to do modeling as an alternative activity. When Burns was sixteen, she began to appear in European and American fashion magazines, and became a recognizable face while in high school. She then began to appear in commercials and later on was invited to audition for Out of the Blue, where she got cast for the film. After her success in the movie, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career. She initially did not get the role on Baywatch upon her audition, but was called back to fill a permanent role as Jessie Owens. This portrayal brought her more recognition. Up until she became pregnant with Julian McMahon's baby, she actively appeared on Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii.
Brooke Burns’ career was marked with appearances on notable TV shows. She has been seen in Ally McBeal, playing a character for about four episodes. In 2001, she was given a role in the romantic comedy Shallow Hal, starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow. After taking on roles in A Nero Wolfe Mystery and Just Shoot Me!, she found herself portraying the character Tami in the dramedy The Salon. It also starred Vivica A. Fox, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Kym Whitley and Monica Calhoun. From 2002 to 2003, she hosted the short-lived American version of the game show Dog Eat Dog. The next year, she took on the role of Nicole Booth in North Shore, later appearing on episodes of Modern Men and Pepper Dennis. She was also in To Tell the Truth, Death to the Supermodels and Average Joe: Hawaii. She soon became known as Lisa Germain on the TV series Miss Guided, marking Burns’ return to the television screen. In 2006, she received a role in the made-for-TV Lifetime film Trophy Wife, and has been slated to co-host the Fox series Hole in the Wall with weatherman Mark Thompson.
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