There Was A Little Girl

There Was A Little Girl

The Real Story of My Mother and Me

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain , Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir.

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke's own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri's side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.

Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, 2015
ISBN: 9781101887608
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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jandt_mcmurray
Jul 23, 2018

Other: alcohol abuse, emotional child abuse

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Jul 23, 2018

Coarse Language: profanity

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jandt_mcmurray
Jul 23, 2018

From the very moment of her birth, Brooke Shields was destined to be a star. Her mother, a self-made socialite, proclaimed that she would make her daughter a fixure in the entertainment business. And she did just that, Teri Shields focused on finding any work for her infant such as TV commercials. As she got a bit older, she began taking her to movie auditions. Two of Brooke's first movie roles had large amounts of nudity, & Brooke being only 12 & 14 during the making of "Pretty Baby" & "Blue Lagoon" respectively, the controversy arose over Teri allowing her young daughter to play these roles. Perhaps the most interesting & important part to Teri's & Brooke's relationship was that of Teri's alcoholism & how it meant Brooke had to practically raise herself as well as act as caregiver to her mother. Brooke wrote this book to attempt to squelch the continued belief that Teri pushed her into certain roles. She wanted the public to know once & for all that she loved her mother despite their rocky relationship, she wanted to play in the roles that she received, & that her mother was her biggest supporter. She does speak to the fact that she believes that her mother was overly controlling of her work life & that it likely contributed to her failure to transition from successful child actor to adult actor. After the story details Teri's final hours & eventual death, Brooke goes on to tell how her relationship with her mother has affected the way she chooses to parent her own 2 daughters.

Obviously I knew who Brooke Shields was, but admittedly I didn't know much about her life aside from her role in "Blue Lagoon" & her marriage to Andre Agassi. I imagine her story is not unlike many child actors stories which made it all the more distressing. A child should have the privilege of having a fairly "normal" childhood with respect to being the child & not the parent. In my opinion, Brooke was forced to shoulder far too much responsibility due to her mother's controlling nature & her inability to admit to being an alcoholic. The overall story was interesting, but the flow bounced around a bit & shifted focus which made me lose interest at times.

Age recommendation: 16 & up (profanity, alcohol abuse, emotional child abuse)

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