Brooke Shields' mother, ex-manager Teri dies at age 79 (Photo)
Brooke Shields recently lost her mother Teri Shields, who died at age 79 after suffering from dementia.
Teri, who once managed the actress' career and helped make her a sex symbol, passed away on October 31 and is also survived by a sister and two granddaughters, The New York Times reported on Monday.
Teri, a native of Newark, New Jersey, began managing Brooke's career when she was a single mother and the actress was in diapers. Brooke starred in an Ivory Snow soap ad when she was just 11 months old. The actress' parents divorced before she turned one.
At age 3, Brooke was walking fashion show runways. When she was 10, her mother allowed a photographer to take nude photos of her. She later sued the photographer to try and stop him from selling the pictures, which were printed in a Playboy Press book. A court ruled they could only be republished only in non-pornographic publications.
Teri also allowed her daughter to play a child prostitute in the 1978 film "Pretty Baby." This drew media controversy as Brooke was just 11 years old when she made the film. She was paid $27,500 to star in it.
Several years later, she also appeared in a Calvin Klein jeans campaign, in which she famously stated that she let nothing come "between me and my Calvins." The highly-sexualized ads made her a star.
"My mother was an enormous part of my life and of who I am today," Brooke, 47, said in a statement to People magazine. "I loved her, laughed with her, and respected her. And although she had her share of struggles, she was my mom."
Brooke made her on-screen non-commercial acting debut in the TV movie "After the Fall." She went on to appear in the 1980 movie "The Blue Lagoon" and became even more famous.
Teri made her own acting debut in the 1979 film "Wanda Nevada " and later appeared in the1981 movie "Endless Love." Both also starred Brooke, who earned almost $1 million for the latter project.
"Scripts are presented to my mother, who reads them all and explains the stories to me," Brooke, then 19 years old, told The New York Times News Service in 1984. "If we like it, we go ahead."
She also said that she and her mother have been best friends since she was a baby, adding: "I'm smart enough to have learned that it's not profitable to rebel against your parents. It's important to listen to your mother if you think she's right."
Brooke continued to act and also went on to study and graduate from Princeton University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in French Literature.
Her relationship with her mother had its ups and downs. Teri had at one point battled alcoholism. Brooke told The New York Times "I'm the caretaker who wants to make everything better, and you can just do that for so long, or so I've been told."
In 1996, she fired her mother as her manager. Brooke went on to star mostly on television, appearing on shows such as "Suddenly Susan," "Lipstick Jungle," Hannah Montana" and recently, ABC's "The Middle."
"After we broke up, she got on her own, Teri told the TV show "Extra" after Brooke fired her. "I was very proud of that."
(Pictured above: Brooke Shields stands between her mother, Teri and her father, Frank Shields, at her high school graduation, June 13, 1983. Credit: AP Photo / Frankie Ziths)