Teri Shields, the mother of Brooke Shields who also acted as her manager for her daughter’s early years, has passed away after a long battle with dementia. She was 79.
Shields raised eyebrows when allowed her then-12-year-old daughter to play a child prostitute in “Pretty Baby.” The single mother had Brooke star in her first ad when she was only 11 months old and then arranged for a photographer to take nude shots of her when she was 10. Though Shields has gone on to become a successful actress, there was definitely some tension between Shields and her daughter after Brooke parted ways with her mother professionally in 1995.
“I felt that she had to be on her own. It kills me once in a while. I would like to get over it,” Shields told Extra in 1996. “I would love for Brooke to be my best friend, but you can’t because I am her mother and she is my daughter.”
During her time in Hollywood, Shields starred alongside her daughter in “Wanda Nevada,” “Endless Love” and “Backstreet Dreams.” In 2009, Brooke revealed that her mother was suffering from dementia.