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Kimberly Jean Brown (born November 16, 1984) is an American actress, best known to audiences for her portrayal of the teen witch Marnie Piper in the Halloweentown films, in which she starred alongside Debbie Reynolds. Before being cast as Marnie, Brown found notoriety for her role as Marah Lewis on Guiding Light, the third actress to take on the role, and as Annie Wheaton in the Rose Red miniseries, an original miniseries written by Stephen King.

Kimberly J. Brown
Born
Kimberly Jean Brown

(1984-11-16) November 16, 1984 (age 34)
OccupationActor, model, voice actor
Years active1989–present
Notable work
Guiding Light
Halloweentown
WebsiteOfficial Website

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Life and careerEdit

Kimberly Jean Brown was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland on November 16, 1984. She has three brothers: Richard, Roman and Dylan.[1]

Brown's career began when she was very young. By the time she was 11 years old, Brown had already enjoyed success as a child model with Ford Models, performed in multiple Broadway shows, and earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Marah Lewis on Guiding Light.[2][3][4] She also found work as a voice actress, lending her voice to commercials, A Bug's Life, and the English dub of Vampire Princess Miyu.

At the age of 13, Brown was cast in her most notable film to date, the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown, in which she played 13 year old Marnie Piper, a young witch who determined to learn magic from her grandmother Aggie, portrayed by Debbie Reynolds.[5][6] Halloweentown aired on October 17, 1998 and was well received by audiences, so much that Disney Channel released three sequels, two in which Brown reprised her role as Marnie, and still broadcasts the film several times a year.[7] Brown departed from the Halloweentown franchise in 2006, after producers made the decision to recast Sara Paxton as Marnie in the fourth installment, Return to Halloweentown, a decision Brown expressed confusion and disappointment over.[8] Fans of the franchise were unhappy with Paxton's portrayal of the character and major entertainment outlets, including BuzzFeed and MTV, were critical, with BuzzFeed saying the first three films were the best thing about Halloween while the fourth film was best left ignored and MTV saying fans should act as if the fourth film never happened.[9][10] Outside of Halloweentown, Brown also starred in another Disney Channel Original Film, the 2000 film Quints.

In 1999, Brown costarred with Janet McTeer in Tumbleweeds. The film received positive reviews.[11][12]

Other venturesEdit

She and a friend run the Etsy shop CraftilyCreative which sells a variety of items, including Halloweentown-themed merchandise.[13][14]

In 2016, Brown published a Halloween-themed children's book, Poppin's Pumpkin Patch Parade, with coauthor Diane Yslas.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

In a 2010 interview, Brown said she was close to graduating from college, though she did not disclose what her major was or the school at which she was studying.[16] She later Tweeted that she had received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.[17]

FilmographyEdit

Filmography for Kimberly J. Brown
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Baby-Sitters Club Amanda Delaney TV series, Episode: "The Baby-Sitters Remember"
1993-2006 Guiding Light Marah Lewis Soap opera
1994 Princess Caraboo Uncredited role Based on the real-life English imposter Princess Caraboo
1996 Christmas in Cartoontown Uncredited role Straight-to-video; voice role
1997 Vampire Princess Miyu Miyu Yamano English dub, 7 episodes
1997 Ellen Foster Dora TV film
1998 Unhappily Ever After Helena, Girl #1 TV series, 3 episodes
1998 Halloweentown Marnie Piper Disney Channel Original Movie
1998 A Bug's Life Uncredited role Computer-animated film, additional voices
1999 Tumbleweeds Ava Walker
1998-1999 Two of a Kind Nicole TV series, 2 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Amy Lumpkin TV series, Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"
2000 Quints Jamie Grover Disney Channel Original Movie
2001 The Little Polar Bear Lona English dub
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Marnie Piper Disney Channel Original Movie, sequel to Halloweentown
2002 My Sister's Keeper Young Christine Chapman Hallmark Channel Original Movie[18]
2002 Rose Red Annie Wheaton Miniseries
2003 Bringing Down the House Sarah Sanderson
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jessica Morse / Margory Maddox TV series, Episode: "Perfect"
2004 Halloweentown High Marnie Piper Disney Channel Original Movie, 2nd sequel to Halloweentown
2005 Be Cool Tiffany
2006 Big Bad Wolf Sam Marche
2010 Friendship! Dorothee
2013 Low Winter Sun Shana Taylor TV series, 5 episodes
2018 Mondays Older Kelly TV miniseries, Episode: "That Time When I Met My Future Self"
2018 Wrong Side of 25 Jenn Short film
2018 Abducted? Officer Luis In pre-production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown – Bio, Age, Height, Affairs, Family". CelebsFacts. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  2. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown: Bio". Kimberly J. Brown. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  3. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown". IMDb. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown – About Me". kimberlyjbrown.com. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ "We Finally Found Out Why 'Halloweentown' Recast Marnie And We Are NOT Pleased". Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  6. ^ "Halloweentown". Rotten Tomatoes. 17 September 1998. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  7. ^ "25 Best Disney Channel Original Movies". Complex.
  8. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown Talks Being Recast in "Halloweentown": "I Was Disappointed For The Fans"". Seventeen. 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  9. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown Has A Very Big Announcement For All 'Halloweentown' Fans". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  10. ^ "19 Reasons You Need To Rewatch The "Halloweentown" Series Right Now". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  11. ^ "`Tumbleweeds': On the Road With Mom the Sexpot". NYTimes.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  12. ^ "Tumbleweeds review". Variety.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  13. ^ "Craftily Creative by CraftilyCreative". Etsy. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown (@OfficialKJB) - Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  15. ^ ""Poppins Pumpkin Patch Parade" Book Available for Order Now!". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Halloweentown: An Interview with Kimberly J. Brown | oct31st.org". www.oct31st.org. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  17. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown on Twitter". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  18. ^ "My Sister's Keeper". Hallmark US. Retrieved 2018-04-02.

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