Brooke Adams

Adams in 2009, photo by s_bukley/

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 8, 1949

Ethnicity: English, some German

Brooke Adams is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Dead Zone, and Gas Food Lodging.

Brooke is the daughter of Rosalind (Gould), an actress, and Robert Kaufmann Adams, who was a producer, actor, and vice president of CBS. She is the sister of actress Lynne Adams. Much of her ancestry is Colonial American (English). She is sometimes said to be a descendant or relative of the two U.S. Presidents Adams, though there is no apparent relation through at least their shared patrilineal lines.

Brooke is married to actor Tony Shalhoub, with whom she has two children.

Brooke’s paternal grandfather was Robert Lynn Adams (the son of Robert Maynard Adams and Mary Baxter). Brooke’s grandfather Robert was born in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. Brooke’s great-grandfather Robert was born in New York, the son of Maynard Adams and Catherine M. Peck.

Brooke’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Kaufman (the daughter of Adam S. Kaufman and Emma E. Burwell). Josephine was born in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. Adam’s parents, Adam Kaufmann and Catharine, were German, his father from Hesse-Darmstadt and his mother from Baden. Emma was the daughter of William H. Burwell and Mary Elizabeth Barnard, who were from New York.

Brooke’s maternal grandfather was Harold Howard Gould (the son of Howard Gould and Lena Martha Bugbee). Harold was born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Brooke’s great-grandfather Howard was the son of Hiram W. Gould and Elizabeth Jane Libby/Selby, whose parents were from Maine. Lena was the daughter of parents from Vermont, Gilbert Danford Bugbee and Cordelia Sarah “Delia” Pratt.

Brooke’s maternal grandmother was Elaine Westall (the daughter of Henry Addison Westall and Laura M. Hill). Elaine was born in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois. Henry was born in North Carolina, the son of Thomas Casey Westall and Martha Ann Penland. Laura was born in Arkansas, the daughter of James Decatur Hill and Emmaline/Emeline P.

Sources: Genealogy of Brooke Adams –

Brooke’s paternal grandmother, Josephine Kaufmann, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Brooke’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Brooke’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Brooke’s mother (through her own brother) (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

8 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    A coincidence or not but Kaufmann and Gould are often Jewish names.

  2. andrew says:

    she’s related to presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams

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