Brooke Christa Shields (May 31, 1965) is an American actress and former CP model. Shields gained critical acclaim at the age of 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute. Shields garnered widespread notoriety in the role and continued to model into her late teenage years, making further occasional appearances in arty softcore tit-flicks.
Shields was born in Manhattan, New York the daughter of actress/model Teri Shields (née Schmon) and businessman Frank Shields. When Teri announced that she was pregnant, Frank's family paid her a sum to terminate the pregnancy. Teri took the money, but violated the agreement and gave birth to Shields. Frank married Teri, but they were divorced when Shields was five months old. When Shields was only five days old, her mother openly stated she wanted her to be active in show business, saying, "She's the most beautiful child and I'm going to help her with her career." By the age of 16, Shields had become one of the most recognizable faces in the United States, Time magazine reported in a 1981 cover story that her day rate as a model was $10,000.
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A Perfect Ten at 10?
From 1981 to 1983, Shields, her mother, photographer Garry Gross, and Playboy Press were involved in legal wranglings over the rights to photographs mommy dearest had jewed away to Gross (when photographing minors, a parent/guardian must sign such a release form while other agreements are subject to negotiation). Gross was the photographer of a set of images taken in 1975 of a then ten-year-old Brooke Shields with the consent of her mother, for the Playboy Press publication Sugar 'n' Spice. The images portray Brooke fully nude, standing and sitting in a bathtub, wearing makeup and covered in oil.
The courts ultimately ruled in favor of the photographer and when an appeal was made by Brooke to prevent further reproduction they stated that “a child is bound by the terms of the valid, unrestricted consents to the use of photographs executed by a guardian”... and that the image did not breach child pornography laws. In ruling, the presiding Judge stated: "The issue on this appeal is whether an infant model may disaffirm a prior unrestricted consent executed on her behalf by her parent and maintain an action pursuant to section 51 of the Civil Rights Law against her photographer for republication of photographs of her. We hold that she may not.
A photograph of one of the original photographs, produced by American artist Richard Prince, was removed from a Tate Modern gallery exhibition entitled Pop Life: Art in a Material World after enraged protesters described the image as "obscene" and a "magnet for pedophiles," although it had been shown in New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2007 without incident.
Pretty Baby is a 1978 Americunt historical drama film directed by Louis Malle, and starring Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, and Susan Sarandon. The screenplay was written by Polly Platt. The plot focuses on a 12-year-old prostitute in the red-light district of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.
The movie received an R rating in the United States, an X rating in the United Kingdom, and an R18+ rating in Australia, for sexual content. Along with the issue of child prostitution, the scenes involving a nude 12-year-old Brooke Shields were controversial. The BBFC originally censored two scenes for the film's cinema release in the UK to remove nudity, but the uncut version was later released on DVD in 2006. The same uncut print was the basis of the Region 1 and Region 2 DVD editions worldwide.
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A Spat with The Cruiser
In 2005, the vertically challenged actor Tom Cruise condemned Shields, both personally and professionally, for using antidepressants. Shields responded that Cruise's statements were "irresponsible" and that he should "stick to fighting aliens and let mothers decide the best way to treat postpartum depression." The actress responded to a further attack by Cruise in an essay "War of Words" published in The New York Times on July 1, 2005. In August 2006, according to USAToday.com, Cruise privately apologized to Shields for the incident and three months later she attended the wedding of Cruise and Katie Holmes.
Brooke and Michael Sitting in a Tree...
In 2009, Shields attended the memorial service for Michael Jackson and spoke emotionally of their deep and long-lasting friendship, despite the fact the two hadn't seen each other since 1991. She stated in that she first met the Prince of Pop, who was 21 at the time, when she was 13 years old, and the two instantly became friends.
— Michael Jackson, interviewed in 2001
Not Brooke Shields smoking weed with An Nigger
- Tate museum pulls young Brooke Shields nude image • Oct 1, 2009 Reuters
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