Who is Danielle Brisebois?
Danielle Anne Brisebois was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 28 June 1969 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She’s a former child actress, while she’s today a singer-songwriter and film producer; Danielle appeared in 26 movies and TV series prior to her retirement in 1999, but she briefly returned to acting in 2013, when cast to play Singer in the critically acclaimed musical comedy movie “Begin Again”. It was written and directed by John Carney, starred Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, and follows a young singer-songwriter who’s met a music business executive, and they’ve now begun collaborating. The movie won five of the 24 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.
Early life and education
Danielle was raised in Brooklyn by her parents Frank and Mary Brisebois; not a lot is known about them as Danielle respects their privacy, but it’s known that her father was a computer instructor. Because she hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, most of her fans believe her to be an only child.
Danielle became interested in acting at a very early age, and was six when she made her debut film appearance, playing Janie Bennett in the 1975 horror thriller “The Premonition”, written and directed by Robert Allen Schnitzer, and which starred Sharon Farrell, Edward Michael Bell and Jeff Corey. It follows a mother who’s begun having psychic visions, and the movie was nominated for an Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Grand Prize.
Danielle then continued acting throughout her entire education, while studying at a private high school in Los Angeles. Upon matriculating in 1987, she didn’t enroll at college, but chose to pursue an acting career.
Roles in TV series
Danielle had made her debut TV series appearance with her portrayal of Jamie Magid in the 1977 episode “Kojak’s Days: Part 1” of the action crime drama “Kojak”, created by Abby Mann, and which starred Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer and Kevin Dobson. The series follows a police detective as he’s battling crime in his hometown, aired from 1973 to 1978 and won 14 awards, including two Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 22 other awards.
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In 1978 and 1979, Danielle starred as Stephanie Mills in the critically acclaimed comedy drama “All in the Family”, created by Norman Lear, and which also starred Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton. It follows the lives of a working class man and his family, and the series won 64 awards, including 22 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 73 other awards.
Danielle’s also well known for her portrayal of Stephanie Mills in 96 episodes of the comedy “Archie Bunker’s Place”, which aired from 1979 to 1983. The following years saw her appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the romantic comedy drama “The Love Boat”, the romantic drama “Hotel” and another romantic drama “Knots Landing”.
She had only a couple of other roles prior to her retirement – her final performance was her voicing of Eliza in the 1998 episode “The Wild Swans” of the animated family fantasy “Stories from My Childhood”.
Roles in movies
Danielle played Amy Morrison in the 1978 romantic drama “If Ever I See You Again”, and a couple of her following roles were in the same year, in the romantic musical drama “Slow Dancing in the Big City”, and the drama “King of the Gypsies”, followed by the 1980 comedy “Mom, the Wolfman and Me”.
She attracted a lot of attention in 1997, when cast to play Singer in the romantic comedy drama “As Good as It Gets”, written and directed by James L. Brooks, and which starred Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. It follows an author, a waitress, a single mother, and a gay artist who’ve become friends now that the gay artist’s been assaulted in a robbery; the movie won 40 awards, including two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Helen Hunt), while it was nominated for 54 other awards.
Danielle’s final movie role, with the exception of her appearance in the 2013 film “Begin Again”, was in the 1999 music video “New Radicals: Someday We’ll Know”.
Danielle provided background vocals for the 2013 movie “Begin Again”.
She’s composed music for six movies, including the 1993 music video “Trine Rein: Just Missed the Train”, the 2004 music video “Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten – Original Version”, and the 2018 drama “Spare Room”.
Danielle could’ve been seen featured in a couple of documentaries, such as the series “The Greatest”, another series “TV Land Confidential”, and the movie “Life After Tomorrow”.
She’s made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, including “Good Morning America”, “The Mike Douglas Show”, and “The Alan Thicke Show”.
Awards and nominations
Danielle’s won five of the 19 awards for which she’s been nominated, including a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song for “Begin Again”.
Some of her wins include a 2008 BMI Film & TV Cable Award for “The Hills”, a 2014 Hollywood Music In Media Award for Best Song – Feature Film for “Begin Again”, and a Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Music, Original Song, also for “Begin Again” also in 2014.
Career as a singer
Danielle launched her career as a singer in the first half of the ’90s, when she provided backing vocals for Gregg Alexander’s second studio album “Intoxifornication”. She released her first solo album “Arrive All Over You” on 10 May 1994, also featuring Gregg; the album wasn’t successful in the US, but it became a minor hit in Europe.
In 1998, Danielle joined Gregg’s alternative rock ‘n’ roll band New Radicals, and one of their first singles “You Get What You Give” became a huge hit; they released only a single album, “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too” on 16 October 1998, then disbanded in the following year.
Danielle’s second album “Portable Life” was to be released on 26 October 1999, but ended up being released only on 30 September 2008.
Love life and marriage
Danielle’s quite secretive when it comes to sharing the details of her love life with her fans, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman. She exchanged vows with British actor and composer Nick Lashley on 2 August 2008, in a small ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. Nick has appeared in only two music videos: “Alanis Morissette: You Learn” (1997) and “Alanis Morissette: Still” (1999), and composed music for the 2018 movie “Spare Room”.
Danielle gave birth to their twin daughters Lola and Charlotte in 2013.
She hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she’s perhaps been with, and as of July 2022, Danielle’s married to Nick Lashley, and they have twin daughters together.
Hobbies and other interests
Danielle’s quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to 3,000 people, while she’s uploaded nearly 400 pictures onto the network; she’s made her account private, so one has to become her follower to be able to see her pictures.
Danielle’s an advocate for equal rights of all humans, and today supports the movement Black Lives Matter; she’s walked several peaceful protests together with her friends.
She’s passionate about travelling, and has been to many US states and Canadian cities, as well as to a couple of European countries, including England and Italy.
Danielle’s a lover of animals, and has donated money to several animal shelters.
She has her own favorite actor and actress, Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Lost in Translation” and “You’ve Got Mail”.
Age, height and net worth
Danielle’s age is 53. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).
As of July 2022, her net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million.