Brooke Burns

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Brooke Burns

Burns in July 2010
BornBrooke Elizabeth Burns
(1978-03-16) March 16, 1978 (age 34)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Julian McMahon (m. 1999 – 2001) «start: (1999)–end+1: (2002)»"Marriage: Julian McMahon to Brooke Burns" Location: (linkback://
Partner(s)Bruce Willis (2004)
Gavin O'Connor (director)
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Brooke Burns

Burns in July 2010
BornBrooke Elizabeth Burns
(1978-03-16) March 16, 1978 (age 34)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Julian McMahon (m. 1999 – 2001) «start: (1999)–end+1: (2002)»"Marriage: Julian McMahon to Brooke Burns" Location: (linkback://
Partner(s)Bruce Willis (2004)
Gavin O'Connor (director)

Brooke Elizabeth Burns (born March 16, 1978) is an American actress and former fashion model. She began her career on the popular TV series Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii.


Early life

Burns was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Brad and Betsy Burns.[1] Burns has two sisters. She was a ballet dancer for twelve years during childhood and started modeling at age fifteen after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in a skiing accident.[2] At age 16, Burns and her family moved to Europe, where she later lived in Paris, Milan and Munich.[2]


From 1998 to 2001, Burns starred in Baywatch as the character Jessie Owens. Burns starred in North Shore, a prime-time soap opera on Fox that consisted of 21 episodes which ran from June 14, 2004 through January 13, 2005. In 2006, she starred in the WB series Pepper Dennis playing Kathy Dinkle. In 2001, she appeared as Vicki Vale in one of several "Batman" commercials for OnStar, opposite Bruce Thomas's Batman, reprising the role made famous by Kim Basinger in the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman film. Burns has also appeared on Ally McBeal, Just Shoot Me!, Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Miami, Out of the Blue, To Tell the Truth, and Average Joe: Hawaii. Burns hosted NBC's Dog Eat Dog from June 2002 to August 2003 and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award. In 2009, Burns appeared in the first twelve episodes of the updated Melrose Place playing Vanessa, the most recent wife of Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) and mother of his older son's five-year-old son, Noah. For her role in the 2001 film Shallow Hal, the Farrelly brothers wrote a specific part for Burns after discovering in her audition she was the "prettiest dorky girl" they'd ever met.[2] She appeared in a Hallmark Channel Original Christmas movie, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, co-starring Henry Winkler, on December 13, 2008. Other films include Smokejumpers, Dancing Trees, Trophy Wife, and Art of Travel. Burns appears in the "Nickelback" video Trying Not To Love You opposite Jason Alexander. Burns and Alexander both appeared in the 2001 movie "Shallow Hal"

Personal life

Burns was once married to Julian McMahon (1999–2001) and the two have a daughter – Madison Elizabeth McMahon – who was born in June 2000.[2][3] Burns was engaged to Bruce Willis until they broke up in 2004 after ten months together.[4] Burns currently resides in Los Angeles.[2]

She is engaged to film director Gavin O'Connor.[5]


In November 2005, Burns broke her neck in a diving accident.[2] Although she made a full recovery, she has a titanium fusion in her neck consisting of a plate, rod, and ten screws.[2]


When Burns was filming Baywatch, she was involved with Camp Baywatch, teaching inner city children to swim, and perform life guard duties.[2] Burns has mentored for Penny Lane, a home for abused children. She has been involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. She is actively involved in, and was honored by, the Life Rolls On Foundation started by Josh and Jesse Billaur. LRO helps people with spinal cord injuries get back into an active lifestyle. She is also the spokesperson for Give Back a Smile, a program in which dentists donate their time and expertise to restore the smiles of women who are victims of domestic violence.


2001Shallow HalPretty/Ugly Katrina
2005The SalonTami
Single White Female 2: The PsychoJan LambertDirect-to-DVD
Death to the SupermodelsEvaDirect-to-DVD
2006Murder on SpecKate Graham
2007Urban DecaySasha
2008The Art of TravelDarlene Loren
Smoke JumperKristin ScottDirect-to-DVD
2009Dancing TreesNicole
2010Titanic IIDr. Kim PattersonDirect-to-DVD
1996Out of the BluePeg22 episodes
1997Conan the Adventurer1 episode
Ally McBealThe Girl
Jennifer Higgin
4 episodes
1998–2001BaywatchJessie Owens46 episodes
1999Mortal Kombat: ConquestLori1 episode
2002Men, Women & DogsKristle1 episode
A Nero Wolfe MysteryBeatrice Epps2 episodes
2002–2003Dog Eat DogHost26 episodes
Just Shoot Me!Kelly
Cover model
2 episodes
2003She SpiesNicki Shields1 episode
Rock Me BabyErin "White Chocolate" Rimsing1 episode
2004–2005North ShoreNicole Booth21 episodes
2006Modern MenAngelica1 episode
Pepper DennisKathy Dinkle Williams13 episodes
Trophy WifeKate GrahamTelevision movie
2007Time and AgainAnna MaloneTelevision movie
2008Trial by FireKristenTelevision movie
The Most Wonderful Time of the YearJennifer CullenTelevision movie
2008Miss GuidedLisa Germain7 episodes
2009MistressesShannon BarnesTelevision movie
CSI: MiamiBonnie Galinetti/Marci Reeger1 episode
Drop Dead DivaChristy Talbot1 episode
Melrose PlaceVanessa Mancini6 episodes
2011You Deserve ItHerselfGame show hostess
Fixing PeteAshleyTelevision movie
2012Undercover BridesmaidTanyaTelevision Movie


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