While attending Princeton University, Brooke pursued her love of theatre as a member of the Princeton Triangle Club. Shortly after graduating with an honors degree in French literature, she made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the hit musical Grease, for which she earned the Theatre World Award in 1994 for "Outstanding Debut on Broadway." Shields went on to star in Chicago, Wonderful Town, and Cabaret, all of which earned her rave reviews.
In addition to her film and theater achievements, Shields has maintained a successful and critically acclaimed television career. Her work on The NBC hit Suddenly Susan garnered her a Golden Globe nomination, and she received an American Comedy Award nod for her guest role on Friends. Brooke is the recipient of five People's Choice Awards, and has previously starred in NBC's Lipstick Jungle, in addition to guest appearances on a wide range of hit shows including That 70's Show, Hannah Montana, Two And A Half Men and The Middle. Shields currently portrays brash and brilliant Air Force Colonel Katherine "Kat" Young in Lifetime's drama, Army Wives. Releasing this summer, Shields co-stars in the film Hot Flashes and will make her directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl production of Chicago.
In addition to her professional career, Brooke continues to be a strong advocate for women's issues and keeping the arts alive in schools and is the happily married mother of two beautiful daughters.