Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. Raised in Manhattan by single mother Teri after her divorce from Brooke's aristocratic father, Brooke's early years with her mother seemed magical. Brooke was such a beautiful baby that at 11 months old, she became a model, beginning a remarkable career that made Brooke the most famous child, and then teen, of her generation. Teri became almost as famous as the typical pushy stage mum. However the two stayed close throughout and now Brooke confronts her feelings after her mother's death.
"Model-actress Brooke Shields was once a hugely popular young starlet. The press followed her every move, fanning the flames of controversy ignited by eyebrow-raising roles in three provocative films released before her eighteenth birthday: Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Endless Love (1981). That such an innocent and naive young girl could be labeled the next Lolita was thanks in no small part to her domineering mother and manager, Teri Shields. After Teri's death, in 2012, Brooke aims to set the record straight about her loving yet codependent relationship with an unconventional and wildly inconsistent single parent who carried on a lifelong battle with alcoholism. In the hands of a writer both more skilled and less eager to please, there is enough material to fill several juicy memoirs (the actress' famous pals included John F. Kennedy Jr., Andy Warhol, and Michael Jackson). There is also an opportunity for the still-visible star to find closure, but some disappointed readers might be left wondering if there's more to the story than this.--Keech, Chris Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Shields was prompted by the death of her mother, Teri, in 2012, at age 79, to do some defensive soul-searching about their complicated, interdependent relationship. In this conversational, limpid effort, the actress and former model traces her mother's life-starting with Teri's working-class Newark, N.J., upbringing and distant parents-as well as her own. As a beautiful, lively young woman working at odd jobs in New York City, Teri met and briefly married a well-connected scion of Italian aristocrats who was eight years her junior; their only child, Brooke, was born in 1965. From her first modeling job for Ivory soap as a toddler to her heyday as the poster girl for Calvin Klein, Shields, with her distinctive "European look," let her mother make decisions for her, without much thought to a "career" but with an eye to money and trips they took together. Some of those decisions were highly criticized, such as her starring at age 11 as a prostitute in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby. Shields admits to feeling "abandoned" when her mother drank, and eventually the actress found some independence by attending Princeton. Some degree of self-awareness emerges, though Shields's prose is lackluster. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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