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.