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Brooke Shields' mom, Teri, dead at 79

Nov. 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Teri Shields, the mother of U.S. actress and model Brooke Shields, has died in New York after a long illness related to dementia, a family spokesman said.

She was 79.

The elder Shields was a single mother from New Jersey who worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist before managing her daughter's career.

She was criticized for exploiting Brooke, now 47, by promoting her as a model starting when she was 11 months old, arranging for nude photos to be taken of her when she was 10 and allowing her to play a child prostitute in the 1978 film "Pretty Baby," The New York Times said Tuesday.

"They see total innocence, which is totally there," the Times reported Teri Shields once said. "And two, they have the sexy child too, they have the sexy person -- that appeals to them."

Shields also starred in the 1980 film "The Blue Lagoon," as well as the 1990s sitcom "Suddenly Susan." She has had recurring roles on "That '70s Show," "Lipstick Jungle" and "The Middle."

The Times said Shields, a Princeton University graduate, began managing her own career when she was in her 20s.

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