Updated: 01/08/2017 11:01 AM | First Published: 01/07/2017 12:58 PM

Brooke Elliott's career defining role came in 'Drop Dead Diva'

Impeccably dressed Brooke Elliott posing for a picture

She struggled in her early days by working as a waitress. The famous quote ‘Morning Shows the Day’ paraphrases this woman as it was in her high school, she began showcasing her exclusive flairs for acting appearing in school productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Richard III. And before she could gain a role as a professional actress, she struggled for years as a waitress and temp. 

Her journey began on the stage as a member of a Chicago-based theater company called Babes with Blades, where she performed in plays like The Miracle Worker, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Heathers. She left the theater for her professional theater debut as a Sugar Bowl in US touring version of the musical Beauty and the Beast. Thereafter, she was also a part of the North American tour of another musical Wicked with Adam Lambert. 

Brooke gained her Broadway debut on Taboo with Rosie O’Donnell’s help. Following that, when Rosie called her as ‘fresh off a Disney Cruise’ and allowed her to make a second attempt, she spent 117 USD for her makeover in order to be better suited to the role. Though the show ended after hundred performances, Elliott’s passion earned her high appreciation and subsequently a role of Majella in The Pirate Queen.

What Women Want by Mel Gibson released in 2000, became her breakthrough, following which, she was featured as Jane Bingum on Lifetime’s series Drop Dead Diva in 2009. It even turned out as a major hit of her career. Applauding her performance the series’ producer Craig Zadan said ‘We have to find somebody who’s a beautiful leading lady, who can do the comedy and drama, and with Brooke, she nailed it.’

Aside from acting, she is also a music enthusiast. According to her parents, she began singing at 3 and footage of her singing You Light Up My Life as a 3-years-old little girl still exist. As a professional singer, she sang on the soundtrack to the series Drop Dead Diva

For her exceptional performing ability, Los Angeles Times claimed Brooke as ‘a stage actress with fabulous timing and enormous dramatic flexibility’.  For her work in Lifetime comedy series, she earned Gracie Award for Female Rising Star in Comedy Series in 2010 and was nominated for 2009 Satellite Award and 2011 Prism Award both for the category of best actress.  The actress, predominantly an on-stage performer has amassed net worth of $5 million.