Brooke Burke-Charvet (born September 8, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut), better known by her maiden name, Brooke Burke, is an American actress, dancer, model and television personality.
She is known for Rock Star (2005–2006), winning the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars and for co-hosting Dancing With the Stars from 2010 to 2013 (season ten to season seventeen). Brooke Lisa Burke was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Tucson, Arizona, the younger of two siblings born to Donna and George Burke.
Her mother is of Portuguese background but was adopted and raised Jewish. Her father is of French and Irish descent and left the family when Brook was two. She was thereafter raised by her Armenian stepfather in her mother's Jewish religion; and is raising her children Jewish although she also celebrates Christmas.
She attended both Sahuaro High School and Palo Verde High School in Tucson where she was homecoming queen in 1989. She later studied broadcast journalism. Burke's initial claim to fame was her hosting of Wild On! on the E! network from 1999 to 2002. In 2001, Burke competed in the TV show host edition of The Weakest Link and was voted off in the second round.
In 2005 and 2006, Burke hosted the CBS summer reality show, Rock Star, a series in which aspiring singers competed to front a rock band. Burke, along with Derek Hough as her partner, won season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. She later replaced Samantha Harris as co-host of the program. Burke began hosting season 10 of Dancing with the Stars alongside Tom Bergeron.
On February 22, 2014, it was announced that she will not return to the show for its 18th season. In 2009, Burke hosted NBC's pre-show for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Tiki Barber and Nancy O'Dell. In August 2010, Burke hosted the third season of the TV Land series She's Got the Look, a modeling competition show for women over 35. She co-hosted the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Miss America pageant with Chris Harrison.
On November 25, 2008, Brooke Burke & her partner Derek Hough won the competition, beating Super Bowl Champion Warren Sapp & his partner Kym Johnson. She is tied with Kristi Yamaguchi and Nicole Scherzinger for the most weeks at the top of the leaderboard with 8 out of 10 weeks.
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