Though she played the writer daughter of Swoozie Kurtz during the four-season run of Suddenly Susan (1996-2000), actress Brooke Shields has spent almost as much time on television portraying the mother of young starlets.
The fashion icon and Broadway staple spent two seasons parenting Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) in Candace Bushnell’s Lipstick Jungle (2008-2009), played Mila Kunis’ self-absorbed “Me Decade” mom during a seven episode story arch on That ’70s Show in 2004, and visited Miley Cyrus in flashbacks and dream sequences as Cyrus’ deceased mama in Hannah Montana from 2007 to 2009 and in Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009). Now Shields is back on the small screen as an Air Force Sgt. whose daughter is torn over whether or not she should follow her mother’s footsteps.
Shields, a two-time Golden Globe nominee and five-time People’s Choice Award winner, joins the seventh season of Army Wives (premiering March 10th at 9PM on Lifetime) as ace Air Force pilot Colonel Katharine “Kat” Young, who has learned to hold her own in the military’s “boys club” atmosphere. Kat’s brash attitude immediately clashes with Army General Michael Holden (series regular Brian McNamara) as they engage in a head-to-head battle for the highest level of power at the Joint Base Marshall Bring. But Kat is also protecting the future of her youngest child, Hannah, played by newcomer Kaley Ronayne.
Shields’ character believes her daughter wants to continue the Young family legacy by becoming a fixed wing aircraft pilot in the Air Force, even though Hannah’s true desire is to fly attack helicopters for the Army. And we suspect the Colonel may very well put family honor ahead of her daughter’s desire, resulting in a type of parent/child conflict that has not previously been seen on screen as part of the 47-year-old star’s oeuvre. Because of this, we are launching a weeklong tribute to Shields’ illustrious and diverse career—from her campiest moments to the most culturally defining. A tribute we are calling “Shields Up! The Best of Brooke Shields.”
Be sure to check back each day until the season premiere of Army Wives this Sunday.