Brooke Shields' Mom Dead at 79
Teri Shields managed her young daughter to stardom
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2012 4:12 PM CST
This 1980 file photo shows Brooke Shields with her mother, Teri Shields.   ((AP Photo, file))

(Newser) – Teri Shields raised eyebrows when she allowed her 11-year-old daughter, Brooke, to be cast as a prostitute in 1978's Pretty Baby. A few years later, she permitted a teenage Brooke to famously star in a series of commercials for Calvin Klein jeans, provocatively professing that nothing comes between "me and my Calvins." Teri Shields died last week in New York City, according to a spokeswoman for Brooke Shields. She was 79. The New York Times reported the elder Shields died following a long illness related to dementia.

Teri Shields started promoting her daughter as an actress and model when she was still an infant and managed her until her 20s. Shields described her daughter's fan appeal in a 1978 TV interview: "They see total innocence, which is totally there. And two, they have the sexy child too, they have the sexy person—that appeals to them." Brooke Shields parted ways professionally with her mother in 1995, describing the move as "the hardest thing." She told Rolling Stone the following year that "something didn't feel right" with the old arrangement. "I had hopes and dreams, and I wasn't doing anything to go toward them," she said. "The focus was on creating a persona rather than a talent."

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adventuregirl
Nov 7, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Her mother pimped her out - plain and simple
Seth_Meyers
Nov 6, 2012 7:38 PM CST
In the 1980s, Brooke did a wonderful TV PSA that proclaimed, "Smokers are losers." Thanks, Brooke.
AnitaWynn
Nov 6, 2012 6:33 PM CST
No, actually, we SEND our kids money.