A-lister Brooke Shields has been a Hollywood mainstay since the 1970s. Over the years, we’ve seen her rise to prominence as a child actor, star in major modeling campaigns, and even graduate from an Ivy League university. The daughter of a New York City actress and socialite, Brooke was destined for the spotlight, and made her modeling debut at just 11 months old. It was her star turn in 1978’s Pretty Baby, however, that catapulted her to stardom and earned her critical acclaim.
At the tender age of 14, in 1980, Brooke became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine and went on to star in a controversial campaign for Calvin Klein. Throughout the 80s, she also starred in The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love, however, she announced a hiatus from acting in 1983 to complete her bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages at Princeton University.
Brooke was back and bolder than ever by the mid-90s with her show Suddenly Susan. The NBC sitcom ran from 1996 to 2000, and earned two Golden Globe nominations for the part. After another extended hiatus, Brooke had a major recurring role on the 19th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2017-18.) Brooke’s life and career was explored in the 2023 documentary, Pretty Baby.
Scroll through our gallery above to see more pics of Brooke from over the years, and some of her career highlights!