Teri Shields, Mother of Brooke Shields, Dies At 79

By Justin Ray
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 2:57 PM EDT
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Teri Shields, Mother of Brooke Shields, Dies At 79

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This 1980 file photo shows actress and model Brooke Shields, left, with her mother Teri Shields. Teri Shields, who launched daughter BrookeĆ­s on-camera career when she was a baby and managed the young star into her 20s, died last week in New York City.

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Teri Shields, the mother of actress and model Brooke Shields, has passed away at 79. She died in Manhattan last Wednesday after battling dementia for years, according to People.

A single mom, Terri Shields managed her daughter's early career, starting with a Dove soap advertisement gig when Brooke Shields was 11-months-old, The New York Times reported. Later Brooke appeared in the movie “Pretty Baby” as a child prostitute and in a controversial Calvin Klein jeans campaign -- both at the age of 15.

Brooke Shields, now 47, has yet to publicly comment about her mother's passing.

She told The New York Times in 1994 that she had a difficult relationship with her mother. “I grew up in an alcoholic household," she said then.

Selected Reading: The New York Times, People

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