Brooke Shields thanks to Sundance talk for Lana Wilson’s explosive documentary “Pretty Baby,” which made headlines after its world premiere because of new revelations about abuse from Shields, as well as her discussion of her “ridiculous” battle against Tom Cruise. Postpartum depression. Shields was just as honest when visiting diversity Studio presented by Audible at Sundance. The actor and supermodel opened up about her complicated relationship with her mother and former manager Terry, whom she eventually fired.
Shields’ mother was her North Star from birth, but she was plagued by a terrible drinking problem, often written about openly during the shock tabloid culture of the early ’80s. The Shields women had a codependency that forced young Brooke to an early end. In the documentary, Shields spoke of feeling responsible for keeping her mother alive. Actress Laura Linney, a childhood friend of Shields, recalled that she and Brooke would hide in a dark room when Teri would come home drunk and wait for her to leave before taking off.
When Shields married tennis star Andre Agassi in 1999, a man she called as “controlling” as her own mother, she assembled a team to pack and empty the office she shared with Terry on weekends (including an archive of her iconic dresses and magazine covers). Terry reports to work on Monday to find the vacancy and realizes that he has effectively been fired. Teri died in 2012.
“You never recover from losing a parent,” Shields said in the studio at Variety presented by Audible at Sundance. “It’s an elementary thing. You learn to put it in a different place in your heart. Every time he drank I said goodbye to him. He wasn’t present. I knew who he could be because it was there… I’m sorry he’s missing it. He’s probably looking down and saying, ‘I don’t get enough screen time.
“Pretty Baby” explores Shield’s fierce sexuality starting at age 9, her subsequent modeling and acting career, and the urgent conversations she inspires about what society expects of women. The film earned a standing ovation following its Sundance world premiere. diversity Film critic Wayne Glaberman called the documentary “stunning” in his review, adding, “The Lana Wilson-edited film shows how Brooke Shields’ career was at the forefront of our culture’s sexualization of girls and shows what it was like to live her life inside that picture.”