Brooke Shields' Mother, Teri Shields, Dies at 79
Teri Shields, the notorious stage mom who spearheaded the career of her daughter, Brooke, died Wednesday after a long illness related to dementia, a spokesperson for Brooke Shields told the New York Times on Tuesday. She was 79.
As manager of Brooke's career, Teri was often criticized for letting her daughter star in a number of controversial movies and campaigns, including the 1978 movie Pretty Baby, in which Brooke played a teenage prostitute.
In the early '80s, Teri also helped Brooke, then 15, land a spot in a highly suggestive commercial for Calvin Klein, in which Brooke uttered the famous line, "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins."
Brooke eventually fired Teri as her manager in 1995, amid reports that Teri did not approve of her then-relationship with Andre Agassi. They were said to have reconciled in recent years.
Teri, who worked as a makeup artist and model, was born in 1933 in Newark. She divorced her husband, Francis Alexander Shields, when Brooke was an infant.