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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 July 1951Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death 7 September 1997Palm Springs, California, USA  (brain cancer)
Birth NameElisabeth Brooks Luyties
Nickname Lissa

Mini Bio (1)

Elisabeth Brooks Luyties was born on July 2, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Elisabeth Brooks began acting at age five with her career encompassing both stage and screen. She started appearing in television roles in the mid-1970s and managed to pursue her acting career as a single mother while working a variety of jobs to support herself and her son. She regularly appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965), and in such popular television series as The Rockford Files (1974), Hart to Hart (1979), Starsky and Hutch (1975), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and Emergency! (1972). She is probably best remembered for her role as the villainess Marsha Quist in the horror film The Howling (1981), a role that brought her considerable notoriety within the genre.

Brooks was not only a beautiful actress, but also an accomplished writer, poet and musician. She had a wonderful deep, sultry voice and can be heard singing briefly in the film The Forgotten One (1989) - a horror film she appeared with longtime friend Kristy McNichol. She and McNichol had separated, but McNichol came back to care for Brooks on her final days. Brooks was also known for her spirituality and her encouragement to others. She created her own production company and became an established acting coach. She wrote and produced plays that taught children about the environment, and how they could work with parents to improve their community. An example of this was "Orphan Dreams", which she directed first at Calabasas High School and again at Chamber Theatre in Studio City.

Elisabeth Brooks, after a three-year struggle with cancer, died in a hospice near her Palm Springs, California home at age 46. As Gigi Bannister wrote in a Tribute to Elisabeth Brooks, "let it be said, Elisabeth Brooks was no quitter. She was a fighter... a true warrior to the end".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tripp, MyPrivateEmail@go.com

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Sparkling green eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (8)

Had one son: Jeremy (born 1973); she was unmarried.
She wrote and directed two stage plays: "Orphan Dreams" (1993) and "Orphan Dreams Too" (1995).
Best known by the public for her role as the evil yet sexy vixen Marsha Quist in the horror film The Howling (1981), which brought her considerable notoriety within the genre.
She was to have reprised her role as Marsha Quist in Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) as she agreed to the sequel, but later backed out. She was suffering from pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) at that time.
She was considered for the role of Brenda Wyatt in the cult classic Highlander (1986), which went to Roxanne Hart.
After a three-year struggle with brain cancer, she died in a hospital near her home in Palm Springs, California.
Following her untimely death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.
Longtime friends with Kristy McNichol.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on The Howling (1981)] I was signed to do the movie on my acting ability alone. I was told that the sex scenes would be smoke-screened by a bonfire and that you wouldn't be able to see anything.
[In 1981, on her bitter reaction to Playboy magazine] In the past, I've always refused to do nude magazine work because I believe in the Bible and have morals.

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