Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress and model. She was initially a child model and gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle’s film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. Shields garnered widespread notoriety in the role, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Franco Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981).
In 1983, Shields suspended her career as a model to attend Princeton University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages. In the 1990s, Shields returned to acting and appeared in minor roles in films. She starred in the titular role of the sitcom Suddenly Susan, which ran for four seasons between 1996 and 2000. Shields has made appearances in other television shows, including That ’70s Show and Lipstick Jungle, also starring in the animation film Under Wraps, alongside Matthew Lillard and Drake Bell. She also worked alongside Bell again in the animated films Adventure Planet and A Monsterous Holiday. In August 2017, Shields was cast to assume a major recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit starting in season 19 of the long-running dramatic series on the NBC television network. She has also voiced in the Adult Swim animated series Mr. Pickles since 2014.