Brooke Theiss

Brooke Theiss-Genesse (born October 23, 1969) is an American actress who has starred in film and on television.

Brooke Theiss
Theiss at a celebrity autograph collectors' convention in Burbank, California
Born (1969-10-23) October 23, 1969
Years active1987–present
Bryan Geneese
(m. 1994)
Parent(s)Dick Thies
Kathleen Mitchell

Early life

Theiss was born in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California to actors Dick Thies and Kathleen Mitchell. She changed the spelling of her surname to make it easier to spell.[1]


Theiss's first film role was in 1988's Little Nikita, but later that year, her big role came in the hit horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master as Debbie Stevens. Her most recent movie is 2004's Catwoman. Theiss's best-known TV role is in the 1980s TV series Just the Ten of Us, as Wendy Lubbock, from 1988 to 1990. She also starred in the 1990s TV series Good & Evil, Home Free, and in The Amanda Show from 1999 to 2000.

Theiss has made guest appearances in numerous television shows, including Growing Pains (she played Wendy Lubbock), Blossom, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Beverly Hills, 90210, American Dreams, and Cold Squad. She also portrayed the character of Maxie from Maxie's World in several commercials for the popular doll.

In 2010 Theiss participated in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy discussing her experiences while filming her role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

Personal life

Theiss has been married to Canadian actor Bryan Genesse since 1994. They have one son, Mitchell Victor (born July 15, 1995) and one daughter, Aubrey Ann (born October 21, 2008). Theiss has dyslexia.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Little Nikita Dilys
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Debbie
2000 The Alternate Mary
2002 Quicksand Randi Stewart
2004 Catwoman Ferris Wheel Mom
2010 In the Heat of Passion Ellen Short
2016 Do Over Pharmacy Cashier


Year Title Role Notes
1987–88 Growing Pains Wendy Lubbock/Stacy 3 episodes
1988–90 Just the Ten of Us Wendy Lubbock 47 episodes
1989 Class Cruise Kim Robbins Television movie
1990 Uncle Buck Laura Episode: "Nine-to-Five"
They Came from Outer Space Wendy Episode: "School Fools"
Miami Vice Katie Benson Episode: "The Young and the Hopeless"
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Patricia Episode: "Lives of the Heart"
Parker Lewis Can't Lose Melinda Harris Episode: "My Fair Shelly"
Good & Evil Caroline 6 episodes
1992 Blossom Allison Episode: "Wake Up Little Suzy"
1993 Home Free Laura 13 episodes
The Golden Palace Charlene Episode: "Sex, Lies and Tortillas"
The Great O'Grady Sexy Girl TV short
1993–95 Beverly Hills, 90210 Leslie Sumner 9 episodes
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Wendy Television movie
1995 Boy Meets World Valerie Episode: "Train of Fools"
1999 Clueless Peggy Episode: "Popularity"
2001 The Amanda Show Episode: "Penelope in Makeup"
2002 American Dreams Barbara Gerson Episode: Pilot
2005 Cold Squad Jen Carter Episode: "Learning Curve"


  1. Jerry Buck, " | online Brooke Theiss Works Hard to Overcome Effects of Dyslexia," Schenectady Gazette (21 July 1989): 35.
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