Brooke Shields is set to lift the lid on her controversial relationship with her mother in a new book. The actress/model shot to fame as a child star under the guidance of her mum Teri, who managed her daughter and helped her land provocative jobs including a role as a young prostitute in 1978 film Pretty Baby and a series of sexy Calvin Klein adverts as a teen.
Teri faced criticism for allowing her young daughter to tackle such controversial work, and Shields is now planning to put her side of the story in print in a new book.
She tells America's Social Life Magazine, "The reason I wanted to write the book is not to say: 'You didn't understand: She was the best mother in the world'. I'm not holding her up on a pedestal, nor am I painting her as a villain or a victim... You know what's so funny about a lot of the things that they (the critics) were pushing back on her for? Those things were the least of my worries. I was exploited? I was in school full time... Seriously, the opportunities I had... I wasn't worried about what they were saying... We would go to (famed New York nightclub) Studio 54 together, but I would be home by 11."
Teri Shields, who died in New York City last week (31Oct12), guided her young daughter to fame, putting Brooke in the spotlight at just 11 months old in a soap advertisement.
She later became the actress' manager and helped Brooke land a controversial part as an underage prostitute in 1978's Pretty Baby, as well as a suggestive 1980 Calvin Klein campaign.
Teri faced a backlash for allowing her daughter to take on the provocative jobs, but Brooke is adamant her mother did not deserve such harsh criticism.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter after her mother's death, she says, "She protected me from so much of what is devastating about being in the entertainment industry - the rejection, the jealousy, the being s**ewed-over. The bubble she created around me was the biggest blessing she could have given me. The need to attack her is unnecessary."
Mother and daughter parted ways professionally in 1995 after their relationship became strained due to Teri's struggle with alcoholism, and Brooke adds, "I had to leave her because of her addiction. If I had a manager now, they wouldn't last five minutes if they were an alcoholic. It was long overdue. I needed to grab the reins and make my own mistakes."
Actress and model Teri Shields, who guided her daughter to fame as a child star, passed away in New York City last Wednesday (31Oct12) after a long battle with illness, reportedly stemming from her struggle with dementia.
The actress' relationship with her mother allegedly became strained in the 1990s, but they reconnected in recent years, and Brooke has now spoken out about the her loss.
In a statement, she writes, "My mother was an enormous part of my life and of who I am today. I loved her, laughed with her, and respected her. And although she had her share of struggles, she was my mom."
Teri Shields, who guided her daughter to fame as a child star, passed away in New York City last Wednesday (31Oct12) after a long battle with illness, stemming from her struggle with dementia, according to the New York Times. She was 79.
As a single mother, Shields helped Brooke land her first job at 11 months old, modelling in a soap advert, and later became her manager as she took on more modelling work as a child and eventually landing film roles - including a controversial part as a young prostitute in 1978's Pretty Baby.
They worked together for many years, and even starred alongside each other in movies Wanda Nevada, Endless Love, and Backstreet Dreams, but eventually parted ways professionally in 1995 after their relationship reportedly became strained.
They reconnected in recent years and Brooke went public with her mother's dementia battle in 2009.
The memory-robbing disease is slowly claiming Teri Shields and her daughter admits it's tough at times trying to have a conversation with her mum.
She tells Ladies Home Journal magazine, "Now my mother lives in the past. She wants to talk about the trip we took to Manila when I was 15 and what (Philippines former First Lady) Imelda Marcos said to her.
"I'm like, 'Mum, how about just today?'"
The actress admits she still seeks her mother's approval on all life matters: "I'll see her and think, 'She's going to say my hair's too dark. She's going to ask if I've gained weight.' I might as well be 10. I'm confident in my own mothering, I've been making all my own decisions for a long time, but after all these years, I want my mum."
Shields first revealed her mother was fighting dementia after a journalist allegedly checked the actress' ailing mum out of a nursing home in a bid to interview her last year (09).
A furious Shields said, "My mother Teri Shields has been diagnosed with dementia. For her safety, she has temporarily been in a senior living facility, a very difficult decision for me... As anyone knows who has a parent who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's, it is one of the most difficult experiences you can go through as a son or daughter. The idea that the National Enquirer took advantage of her state is reprehensible and disgusting."