Brooke Adams


Actor

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 08, 1949

Biography

This dark, wide-eyed beauty began her career as a child actor at the age of eight, touring with her parents' stock company. When she was a teenager, Adams landed her first significant TV role as a guest in an episode of the drama series "East Side/West Side" (CBS). In 1965, she was cast as Burl Ives' daughter in the short-lived ABC series, "O.K. Crackerby." Ten years later, Adams made he...

Family & Companions

Kevin Wade
Companion
Playwright, screenwriter. Together in mid-1970s.
Tony Shalhoub
Husband
Actor. Met while appearing together on Broadway in "The Heidi Chronicles"; married c. 1993.

Biography

This dark, wide-eyed beauty began her career as a child actor at the age of eight, touring with her parents' stock company. When she was a teenager, Adams landed her first significant TV role as a guest in an episode of the drama series "East Side/West Side" (CBS). In 1965, she was cast as Burl Ives' daughter in the short-lived ABC series, "O.K. Crackerby."

Ten years later, Adams made her film debut in "Death Corps/Shockwaves/Almost Human" (1975). She went on to co-star in Philip Kaufman's remake "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978) as the woman who first notices the changes wrought by the aliens. That same year, Adams portrayed a woman torn between Richard Gere and Sam Shepherd in Terence Malick's mythic "Days of Heaven." She again played a woman caught in a love triangle in Richard Lester's "Cuba" (1979), this time torn between Sean Connery and Chris Sarandon. In Lee Grant's "Tell Me a Riddle" (1980), she was the granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas and Lela Kedrova. Adams recreated her stage role as a TV talk show producer who wants more from her relationship with a mystery writer (Ben Masters) in the gentle romantic comedy, "Key Exchange" (1985). She had one of her best screen roles in Allison Anders' "Gas Food Lodging" (1992) as a single mother coping with raising two teenage daughters. She played one of the adult roles in Melanie Mayron's "The Baby-sitter's Club" (1995).

Adams has also appeared onstage ("Key Exchange," "The Heidi Chronicles") and in several TV-movies and miniseries, including "The Innocents Abroad" (PBS, 1983) and "Special People" (1984) in which she portrayed Diane Dupuy, a Canadian woman who created the Famous People Players, a puppet troupe consisting of mentally handicapped young adults. Adams is perhaps best known, however, for her role in "Lace" (ABC, 1984), as one of a trio of college friends confronted by a petulant teenage (Phoebe Cates) seeking to uncover the identity of her mother.

Life Events

1965

Co-starred in ABC TV series, "O.K. Crackerby"

1975

Screen acting debut in "Shock Waves/Death Corps/Almost Human"

1982

Starred off-Broadway in "Key Exchange" (in role written expressly for her)

1984

Co-starred in the TV miniseries "Lace"

1985

Reprised role in film version of "Key Exchange"

1993

Narrated the documentary "The Fire This Time"

Photo Collections

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Rain Man (1988) - I've Never Dealt With These Lamborghinis Dealer Charlie (Tom Cruise) and his Lamborghinis are introduced in the title sequence and first scene from director Barry Levinson's Best Picture Academy Award-winner Rain Man, 1988.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - The Meat Still Edible Shared billing on the office door introducing Prof. Elson (Cecil Kellaway) and assistant Lee (Paula Raymond) in paleontology, receiving nuclear scientist Nesbitt (Paul Christian), who thinks he saw a dinosaur, in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, 1953.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - What's Your Reading? Nuclear scientists Nesbitt (Paul Christian) and Ritchie (Ross Elliott) gathering data after their Arctic nuclear test, the latter of whom gets into trouble after sighting Ray Harryhausen's monster, in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, 1953.
I Know Where I'm Going (1945) - Do You Think You Could Dance the Scottish? Torquil (Roger Livesy) and Joan (Wendy Hiller) are but observers at a country dance, the Glasgow Orpheus Choir playing the local singers, in Michael Powell's I Know Where I'm Going, 1945.
I Know Where I'm Going (1945) - Never In A Gale! Bridie (Margot Fitzsimons) then Cotriona (Pamela Brown) and Torquil (Roger Livesey) try to persuade Joan (Wendy Hiller) not to sail for the island in a gale, in Michael Powell's I Know Where I'm Going, 1945.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - No Second Chance Following the credits, narrated portent and loud Arctic nuclear experiment, from the Cold War Sci-Fi thriller The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, featuring Ray Harryhausen effects.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - Throughout History Shrink Ingersoll (King Donovan) is introduced to hospitalized Nesbitt (Paul Christian), whose commander Evans (Kenneth Tobey) then drops by, all convinced he's imagining Ray Harryhausen's Arctic monster, shortly seen, in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, 1953.
Days Of Heaven (1978) - Going On Adventures Linda Manz (as little sister "Linda") narrating as she accompanies Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) from Chicago to the great plains, early in Terrence Malick's celebrated Days Of Heaven, 1978.
Days Of Heaven (1978) - This Farmer Ever-so pastoral, as "Farmer" (Sam Shepard) initiates the harvest, Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) joining as young Linda (Linda Manz) narrates, in Terrence Malick's Days Of Heaven, 1978.
Days Of Heaven (1978) - You Should Have It Nice Young lovers Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) at work in the fields, young Linda (Linda Manz) narrating, as "Farmer" (Sam Shepard) gets his prognosis, in Terrence Malick's Days Of Heaven, 1978.
One On One (1977) - He's Practicing A quick personal history then star and co-screenwriter Robby Benson (a good basketball player, not using a double) as Colorado small-town jock Henry, recruited by big-time California college coach G.D. Spradlin, opening the profitable 1977 sports comedy/drama One On One.
One On One (1977) - You've Got No Chance Freshman basketball-scholarship country boy Henry (Robby Benson, also co-screenwriter) in his first in-person encounter with his tutor (Annette O’Toole), who’s just dismissed her professor lover, at his fictional big-time Los Angeles university, in One On One, 1977.

Family

Rosaland Adams
Mother
Actor.
Robert K Adams
Father
Actor, stage producer.
Josie Lynn Adams
Daughter
Born c. November 1988; adopted by Adams as a single mother.
Sophie Shalhoub
Daughter
Born c. 1994.

Companions

Kevin Wade
Companion
Playwright, screenwriter. Together in mid-1970s.
Tony Shalhoub
Husband
Actor. Met while appearing together on Broadway in "The Heidi Chronicles"; married c. 1993.

Bibliography