Brooke Adams is an American veteran actress, producer, director, and writer who garnered fame for portraying Abby in ‘Days of Heaven’, Elizabeth Driscoll in ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’, and Sarah Bracknell in ‘The Dead Zone’. She is also known for small screen roles like Senator Diane Vaynerchuk in ‘BrainDead’ and Elizabeth James Hires in ‘All Downhill from Here’. A native of New York, Adams hails from an affluent family. She is a descendant of US Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. While she was quite young, she developed a deep interest in dancing and later studied at the High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet. Adams made her acting debut in an episode of the CBS drama series ‘East Side/West Side’ in 1963. She had her cinematic debut eight years later, portraying an uncredited role in the mystery horror ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’. In her five-decade-long career, she has accumulated over 60 film and TV credits. In 1979, she was nominated for a Saturn Award for ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’. In 2009, she wrote, directed and produced the short film ‘Pet Peeves’. Adams was also the showrunner of the web series ‘All Downhill from Here’.
In 1963, Brooke Adams made her first on-screen appearance in the episode, ‘My Child on Monday Morning’, of the CBS series ‘East Side/West Side’. Between 1965 and 1966, she played Cynthia Crackerby in the CBS comedy series ‘O.K. Crackerby!’ Her first film role was an uncredited one, in Gordon Hessler’s mystery horror ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’. Released in 1971, the film was based on a short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. She also played uncredited roles in ‘The Lords of Flatbush’ and the 1974 cinematic adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’.
In 1975, she starred in five telefilms, ‘The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return’, ‘Who Is the Black Dahlia?’, ‘Song of the Succubus’, ‘Black Bart’, and ‘Murder on Flight 502’. Between 1977 and 1978, she appeared in three episodes of the ABC drama series ‘Family’. Adams shared screen space with Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, and Linda Manz in Terrence Malick’s 1978 romantic period drama film ‘Days of Heaven’.
Her character, Abby, runs away from Chicago to Texas Panhandle with her boyfriend and his sister. They then start working at a large prosperous firm, where they meet its owner, a shy man who falls in love with Abby and marries her. Upon its release, the film received the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979. While it initially received a lukewarm response from the critics, the film has eventually come to be considered a pioneering achievement in cinema.
In 1978, she starred in another iconic film, Philip Kaufman’s ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’. A remake of the 1956 film of the same name, which in turn was based on Jack Finney’s 1955 novel ‘The Body Snatchers’, the film was a box office success but received mixed reviews from the critics. However, as with ‘Days of Heaven’, the critical opinion on the film has vastly improved over the years.
In 1983, she appeared in David Cronenberg’s horror thriller ‘The Dead Zone’, playing a school teacher named Sarah Bracknell. She has also acted in films like ‘Almost You’ (1985), ‘The Unborn’ (1991), ‘Gas Food Lodging’ (1992)’, ‘The Legend of Lucy Keyes’ (2006), and ‘Snapshots’ (2018).
In 1984, she worked with Bess Armstrong and Arielle Dombasle in the ABC two-part miniseries ‘Lace’. She appeared in five episodes of USA Network’s mystery comedy-drama series ‘Monk’, in which her husband, Tony Shalhoub, portrayed the eponymous character. They worked together again in the short-lived CBS political satire horror series ‘BrainDead’ (2016). Between 2015 and 2017, she served as the showrunner on the web series ‘All Downhill from Here’. She also acted in it, playing the role of Elizabeth James Hires.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on February 8, 1949, in New York City, New York, USA, Adams is the daughter of Rosalind (née Gould) and Robert K. Adams. Her mother was an actress, while her father was a producer, actor, and at one point, served as the vice president of CBS. She has a sister named Lynne, who is also an actress. She began dancing at an early age and attended the High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet. She was also taught by her aunt at her dance studio.
In April 1992, she exchanged wedding vows with actor Tony Shalhoub, who is one of the most prominent character actors working in the industry today. He has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as a Tony Award. Adams and Shalhoub have worked together on several films, TV shows, and Broadway plays. When they got married, Adams was raising an adopted daughter, Josie Lynn (born 1989). Shalhoub later adopted her. In 1994, the couple adopted a girl named Sophie (born 1993) together. They had resided at a Los Angeles home since 1993. In 2016, they put it up for sale.