Brooke Shields is an American actress known for her roles in films such as "Pretty Baby," "Endless Love" and "The Blue Lagoon." She is also known for her advocacy of postpartum depression awareness.
Shields was born on May 31, 1965, in New York City. She made her acting debut at the age of 12 in "Pretty Baby," in which she played a child prostitute in early 20th century New Orleans. The film was incredibly controversial, as Shields' nude appearances in the film prompted questions as to whether the film could be considered child pornography. Shields then starred in "Endless Love" and "The Blue Lagoon," both of which were considered controversial for their sexuality.
After minimal acting appearances in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Shields starred as the title character in "Suddenly Susan," a sitcom which aired from 1996 to 2000. In 2005, she appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to speak about her postpartum depression, intending to bring awareness to the issue. Shields also authored a book, "Down Came the Rain," which focuses on her experience with postpartum depression. As of Nov. 2015, she has been married to Chris Henchy, a television writer, since 2001. The couple has two daughters and currently lives in Manhattan.