After two decades of movies, her best-known films are still arguably The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Endless Love (1981), both made near the beginning of her career. Shields played in a number of television productions, the most successful being the series Suddenly Susan.
She won the People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Young Performer in four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984 and more than a decade later she won again in the category of Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series in 1997.
Her parents are the late Francis Alexander Shields, (New York 16 May 1941 - Palm Beach, Florida 27 Apr 2003) who married in 1964 Brooke´s mother Maria Theresia Schmon. Through her father, she´s the granddaughter of Francis Xavier Shields, (a tennis aristocrat) and of the Italian princess Donna Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cessi, the sister of prince Alessandro Torlonia, the husband of the spanish Infanta Beatrix of Bourbon-Battenberg (the aunt of actual King Juan Carlos I of Spain). Through her grandmother, Brooke Shields can claim descent from Henri IV, King of France, the Emperor Charles V, Lucrezia Borgia, and Honore I, Prince of Monaco, among others. Her great-grandmother, Elsie Moore, was the sister of Glenn Close's grandfather. Her ancestry is traced in William Addams Reitwiesner's monograph, The Lesbian Ancestors of Prince Rainier of Monaco, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Brooke Shields, and the Marquis de Sade.