Kimberly J. Brown

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 36)
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
Notable work
Guiding Light
Halloweentown
WebsiteOfficial Website

CareerEdit

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.[1][2] 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, the Disney Channel original movie Halloweentown, in which she played 13-year-old Marnie Piper, a young witch who is determined to learn magic from her grandmother Aggie, portrayed by Debbie Reynolds.[3][4] Halloweentown aired on October 17, 1998, and was well received by audiences, leading Disney Channel to produce three sequels; Brown reprised her role as Marnie in two of them.[5] She was replaced by Sara Paxton in the fourth installment, Return to Halloweentown, a decision over which Brown expressed confusion and disappointment.[6] Fans of the franchise were unhappy with Paxton's portrayal of the character and some major entertainment outlets were critical. BuzzFeed said that the first three films were the best thing about Halloween while the fourth film was best left ignored, while MTV said fans should act as if the fourth film had never happened.[7][8] Outside of Halloweentown, Brown also starred in another Disney Channel original movie, the 2000 film Quints. In 1999, Brown co-starred with Janet McTeer in Tumbleweeds. The film received positive reviews.[9][10]

In May 2021, it was announced she had joined the cast of General Hospital.[11]

Other venturesEdit

Brown and a friend run the Etsy shop CraftilyCreative, which sells a variety of items, including Halloweentown-themed merchandise.[12][13]

In 2016, Brown published a Halloween-themed children's book, Poppin's Pumpkin Patch Parade, with co-author Diane Yslas.[14]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Princess Caraboo English imposter of Princess Caraboo Uncredited[citation needed]
1999 Tumbleweeds Ava Walker
2001 The Little Polar Bear Lona English dub
2003 Bringing Down the House Sarah Sanderson
2005 Be Cool Tiffany
2006 Big Bad Wolf Sam Marche
2010 Friendship! Dorothee

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Baby-Sitters Club Amanda Delaney Episode: "The Baby-Sitters Remember"
1993–1998, 2006 Guiding Light Marah Lewis Recurring role
1997 Vampire Princess Miyu Miyu Yamano Voice role (English dub), 7 episodes
1997 Ellen Foster Dora Television film
1998 Unhappily Ever After Helena, Girl #1 3 episodes
1998 Halloweentown Marnie Piper Disney Channel Original Movie
1998–1999 Two of a Kind Nicole 2 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Amy Lumpkin Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"
2000 Quints Jamie Grover Disney Channel Original Movie
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Marnie Piper Disney Channel Original Movie
2002 My Sister's Keeper Young Christine Chapman Hallmark Channel Original Movie[15]
2002 Rose Red Annie Wheaton Miniseries
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jessica Morse / Margory Maddox Episode: "Perfect"
2004 Halloweentown High Marnie Piper Disney Channel Original Movie
2013 Low Winter Sun Shana Taylor 5 episodes
2018 Mondays Older Kelly Episode: "That Time When I Met My Future Self"
2019 Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder Angela Television film
2021 General Hospital Chloe Jennings Recurring Role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown: Bio". Kimberly J. Brown. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown – About Me". kimberlyjbrown.com. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "We Finally Found Out Why 'Halloweentown' Recast Marnie And We Are NOT Pleased". Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Halloweentown". Rotten Tomatoes. September 17, 1998. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "25 Best Disney Channel Original Movies". Complex.
  6. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown Talks Being Recast in "Halloweentown": "I Was Disappointed For The Fans"". Seventeen. October 13, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown Has A Very Big Announcement For All 'Halloweentown' Fans". MTV News. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "19 Reasons You Need To Rewatch The "Halloweentown" Series Right Now". BuzzFeed. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "`Tumbleweeds': On the Road With Mom the Sexpot". NYTimes.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Tumbleweeds review". Variety.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  11. ^ SOD (May 5, 2021). "Exclusive: GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins GH". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "Craftily Creative by CraftilyCreative". Etsy. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kimberly J. Brown (@OfficialKJB) - Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  14. ^ ""Poppins Pumpkin Patch Parade" Book Available for Order Now!". Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "My Sister's Keeper". Hallmark US. Retrieved April 2, 2018.

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