This friendly individual was born in San Diego on September 20, 1954, under the name Charlene Elizabeth Brinkman. Of course, the lure of the entertainment business always fascinated her, which explains her participation in many school plays and her role as editor of the official college paper. Oddly, it's in marine biology that Brinke obtained her diploma from San Diego State University. Soon after, she worked as a scientist in a nuclear facility! Talk about a change of career!
After some modeling, she began a big screen career in becoming a body double, replacing shy actresses who refused to do any nude scenes. This resulted in small roles in many no-budget productions, all this around the start of the eighties. These roles were invariably those of a girl screaming in the shower, a dancer in rock videos or a victim of some crazed serial killer.
Brinke was briefly wed to artist Dave Stevens, famous for his creation The Rocketeer, which was adapted for the screen in 1991. Of course, Brinke posed for him many times. She began to enjoy more substantial roles in B-movies with eccentric titles like The Slumber Party Massacre, Body Double, Attack of the B-Movie Monster, Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity, Nightmare Sisters and my favorite Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.
Brinke has knowledge of seven different languages; in fact, she's considered a big brain. She even wrote some screenplays (like Teenage Exorcist in 1991), some short stories for horror anthologies and is interested in production. For Femme Fatales magazine, she penned some biographical articles on some fellow Sirens. And she used to be in an all-female rock band, The Skirts. To top it all, a comic book was created for her, entitled Brinke of Destruction, where she's the principal character. Lastly, she hosted a compilation of videocassettes having as subject the whole industry of horror cinema. Busy girl!
If we come back to Femme Fatales magazine (and no, they still don't put a final "S" to Femme, which is the correct French grammar), Brinke had the honor of gracing the first ever cover of this popular publication, an image that I consider a real classic. I personally own a t-shirt reproducing this photograph and I used to be quite the sensation at sci-fi conventions... is my life pathetic or not? Getting back on track, Brinke remains an artist close to her fans. She has her own website, like many other Sirens, where they inform fans of their next projects and whereabouts.
We can't say that she looks her age, as she's now 52 (!). I can't admit to having seen many of her movies, as they are more often than not difficult to get hold of (let's mention some recommendations: Mommy, Eyes Are Upon You, Roots of Evil and why not Vampirates with makeup wiz Tom Savini?). I admire her more for her personality than her movie work, as she remains an important figure in all this Scream Queens mythology, and is considered a friendly person, with a nice writing style, to boot. No doubt that if she ever played some major role in a big production, she could get away with it easily.
Worth mentioning: Brinke remains one of the rare (if not the only?) modern Scream Queen to display a small chest, having probably refused to put silicone in strategic places! For this kind of courage before her competition, she has my eternal admiration.