How Near-Death Experience Changed Brooke Burns

Brooke Burns

It’s been four and a half years since Brooke Burns broke her neck in a diving accident – and miraculously made a full recovery.  Looking back, she says the event changed her life.

“I think it’s impossible to go through something like that and not be changed.  You kind of take an inventory of who is in your life and what you’re doing with your life, where you’re spending your time.  You place more importance on relationships and you don’t take other things so seriously,” says the actress, who has a 10-year-old daughter with former husband Julian McMahon.

The beauty who rose to fame on “Baywatch” has been involved in spinal cord research and support charities since her recovery.  “I have a bit of survivor’s guilt,” she admits.  She will serve as co-chair of this year’s gala fundraiser for the now-merged Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation/Life Rolls On in Beverly Hills this October.

“Once you’ve faced a life or death moment, you don’t sweat the small stuff,” she adds.  “You learn to be flexible.  You learn to laugh more.”

Speaking of learning to laugh, both her latest projects offer opportunities.  She hosts Oxygen’s Aug. 10-debuting “Hair Battle Spectacular” and has the “Titanic 2” spoof movie coming our way on home video next month.

The new TV reality competition showcases fantasy hair stylists – people who create hair looks that might incorporate, say, three-foot guitars or toys with moving parts.  Seriously.  “I loved the idea of bringing this tiny underground subculture into the public eye,” says Brooke.  “These battles go on all over the country.”  The stylists’ personalities are “radical and outrageous,” she says, and remind her of her modeling days in Milan, Berlin and Paris.  “There’s the visual appeal, the ‘Oh my God!’  It’s all bigger than life – very Oxygen, very live out loud.”

MEANWHILE:  As far as “Titanic 2,” Burns would like to correct the media misconception that “I’m playing the Kate Winslet role” in the forthcoming comedy.  “It’s not like that at all,” she says, noting that “Titanic 2” takes place 100 years after the infamous sinking.  “My character is working for the environment, living on a glacier and studying atmospheric changes.  I’m not in the love story.

“It’s hilarious,” she adds.  “I was really looking forward to working with Bruce Davison, who’s also in it.  I’m such an admirer of his.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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