Jacqueline Brookes


JackieBrookes_headshotMs. Brookes won awards for her early work in Off Broadway theater, including an Obie in 1963 for her performance in Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author” and a Theater World Award in 1955 for an outstanding debut performance as the tragic heroine Phaedra in a Provincetown Playhouse production of “The Cretan Woman,” an adaptation of Euripides’ “Hippolytus” by the poet Robinson Jeffers. Ms. Brookes reached a wider audience as a character actress in movies like “The Gambler” (1974), with James Caan; “The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear” (1991), with Leslie Nielsen; and “Losing Isaiah” (1995), with Jessica Lange and Halle Berry. She also appeared on many prime-time television shows, including “Miami Vice,” “Law & Order” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and on the soap operas in “Ryan’s Hope,” “As the World Turns,” “Another World,” “The Secret Storm” and “A Flame in the Wind.” She was an acting teacher at Circle in the Square Theatre School from 1974 until her death at age 82.