It is difficult to remain indifferent to the dazzling Brooke Shields, with her big blue eyes, amazing smile and her illustrious thick eyebrows, it was not difficult to say that she would become one of the leading ladies of Hollywood. Brooke was born in Manhattan to a socialite mother who had a few film seasons and her entrepreneur dad.
When she was only five days old, her mother, with whom she later had a complex relationship, saw the prospect in her daughter’s beauty and did everything in her power to make sure that Brooke had a thriving career in the world of the show.
When Brooke was just a teenager, she had a great chance of starring in the controversial film “Pretty Baby.” The controversy did not stop there and she continued to shine in one of the most successful films of the 1980s, the Blue Lagoon, which was absolutely bold in its own way. Her mother, who became her manager, was widely criticized for allowing her to appear in unfettered, half-naked scenes.
When she became 21 years old, Brooke did what many models did at the time and played on Playboy. It seems that the model and the young actress were simply chasing one storm after another. Regarding her emotional life, it was not easy for her either, her infamous marriage with Andre Agassi who was a tennis star was a lot full of drama.
Brooke Shields celebrated countless ups and downs, including losing her parents and retreating to depression after her daughter was born, yet she always looked positive and looked for the next job that would make her happy. It seems that now, at the age of 52, to be happier than ever, feel better what she has done with her family, however, Brooke Shields’s is far from perfect. These are the things you did not know about the amazing actress:
Beauty Runs In Her Family
Brooke Shields was born in Manhattan directly into upper Life in the Upper East Side, from her socialite mother and her father a Revlon entrepreneur. Brooke’s mother was also an actress, so it was not only her beauty that moved her daughter. But it was also their ability to act. However, Brooke’s life as we know it almost did not occur when her father’s parents pushed Brooke’s mother to end the pregnancy. Teri decided to give birth anyway, a decision that changed the life of the family forever. Brooke’s parents broke up when she was just five months old.
Brooke has not even reached one, and the division of her parents had already defined her future. In addition to her parents’ decision to divorce and go to their separate ways, a decision other than the life Brooke faced was the fact that she was chosen in her first ad when she was a young girl. It was advertised by ivory soap and it was said that Brooke was naturally from an early age. She was even named “the most beautiful girl in America”. It was just the beginning of a long and rich March in Hollywood.
It Was All Perfect
Before realizing it, Brooke became a real gem. Not only was it easy on the eyes, to say the least, she was also placed in her position as a rising star. All she wanted was to live a modest and quiet life. She did the things that any girl would do at her age. She took ballet, played the piano and loved riding horseback. The most characteristic of her was that she followed her career as a model, but did not ignore those “normal” aspects of her life. Everything was perfect, or so it looked.
She Was a Mess
However, everything was not perfect. She May looked smiles and laughter outside, but the fact of the matter was that it was a big mess inside. Her mother, Teri, who wanted to lead her daughter into the entertainment world, began to be the best mom-anger. According to Teri, she made sure of her daughter because she realized what was best for her. Pressure from her own daughter’s administration had an impact on Teri and soon found solace in alcohol. Teri has practically taken over her daughter’s life on a personal and professional level.
Feeling Bad For Her Actions
The last thing anyone could say about Brooke was that she was shy, especially taking into account her previous film roles. However, when it came to celibacy, it was always a big deal for the young actress. Certainty, Brooke and her mother share strong emotions towards the fact. After narrating her experiences of spending the night with Caine, the experiences, overwhelming, she became so excited to the point of even running from the room with diverse emotions. She was 22 years old at that moment, advanced enough, however, she still felt guiltiness and embarrassed. In the same interview, the actor said: “There was nothing I did to her that I’m feeling guilty in any shape or form.”
Brooke was also a feminist at heart. The actress was involved in promoting fitness as an inseparable fragment of femaleness appealing that a woman can be mutually feminine and athletic at the same time. Everything was going on fine for Brooke, her display and her the platform to promote her agenda and she really just wanted to show a different side to her. She was everywhere, in lifestyle magazines and talk shows where she talked much about her eating habits and training routines.
Her Secret Talent
The stunning actress has at present confirmed her acting skills, her modelling as well as her athletic side. She did, however, feel like there was a whole new part of her that was just waiting to burst out. She decided to put her fashion career on hold and try and pursue a career on the small screen. Brooke personality was actually revealed at the period of her hosting the Golden Globe designated show Suddenly Susan. Brooke was successful in establishing herself as a respected sitcom actress.
Stepping Out Of Her Comfort Zone
Among all things Brooke never scared of was stepping out of her comfort zone to prove to everyone that she was more than just a beautiful face. She decided to try her luck on stage and went on to appear in several Broadway productions such as Chicago, Grease, and Cabaret. One of her more memorable characters was when she acted Morticia Addams in the musical version of The Addams Family back in 2011. When Shields ended her role at the Addams Family matriarch stage version, she bid farewell to both the stage as well as to New York, selling her Broadway apartment.
The straw that filled the glass for Teri’s emotional case was all the criticism she received because she allowed her daughter to be part of the controversial film “Pretty Baby.” When she was just 11 years old, Brooke was chosen in 1978 movie and was part of the highly dubious scene. This caused a lot of negative attention and the criticisms were contradictory. Seeing a simple work in a film like this was certainly an innovative industry, however, also noted as being completely incorrect. Teri and maternal and administrative skills began to be questioned.
Her Happy Days
Just similar to any other teenager, Brooke finally practised her first love. The fact that there were rumours running around regarding an alleged romance with another child star, Happy Days’ actor, Scott Baio, did not support people’s opinion on how she had burst into the adult sphere way too early. Years later, it was revealed by Brooke herself that she was Baio’s first real girlfriend and they had a young puppy love going on in the 70’s.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Brooke became an impression that was irresistible. She kept booking one profession after the other, but her big break came as soon as she was featured on the prominent Seventeen covers in 1978. This earned her great exposure and she soon caught the attention of the all-American and legendary designer Calvin Klein. The minute the designer came in contact with Brooke he knew he had perceived his next girl to be. He referred to his new denim model as ‘the most beautiful girl in the world.’
A Racy Decision
Once Brooke was established as a child star and her controversial appearance was out in the open, she had nothing to hide at this point. As part of Calvin Klein commercial, Brooke ought to utter words which reasonably are not socially received. She was to say “you want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” This caused two networks to literally ban the commercial as they claimed that it was way too suggestive and explicit.
Some argued that the stunning actress has hit puberty a bit too early, and the nastiest thing was that it took place in front of the camera. Brooke took on another controversial scene when she was cast in The Blue Lagoon together with Christopher Atkins. The adventure movie was filmed on Turtle Island in Fiji. It told the story of two young kids who happened to be on the tropical island without any boundaries nor society restrictions. Their emotional feelings gushed out of themselves and while developing feelings of love they began to discover their physical personalities. They reached puberty on camera and it was beautiful and cringe-worthy at the same time.
An R Rated Hit
She might probably have had a double for some acts, but there were still some certain shots that were professed as too risqué. In fact, Brooke used her long and luscious hair to cover her front part. The movie was, therefore, rated R across the U.S. Taking into account the controversial hype that surrounded the movie as well as the fact that it was based on a famous novel, and the film was a huge box office success. The Movie grossed nearly $60 million back in North America alone including Canada.
A Second Chance At Love
Brooke certainly didn’t expect to find love again after her drama-packed relationship with Andre Agassi ruined, let alone become married. However, Brooke decided to give love a second chance when she let her friends set her up with the man who would later become her husband. She was introduced to producer Chris Henchy, and the two instantly had an irresistible chemistry. After dating for just eight months the couple tied the knot in an intimate and a rather low-key ceremony.
Why Did They Elope?
The actress who had already done a big fat wedding with the whole shebang didn’t want to make a big deal of her second wedding. Chris and Brooke made a decision of surprising their closest friends and families with an astonishing dinner-turned-table ceremony. The event of the nuptial ceremony was carried out on Catalina Island and shocked everyone in Hollywood by the quick wedding. It seems like it was a smart move on the couple’s part as they are still together and going strong.
Her Big Loss
Frank Shields may not have been situated in the public eye like Brooke’s mother Teri was, nonetheless he was still blooming in his own right. Frank is an American businessman who also played a very important job been the executive officer at the NY office of Revlon. After the Frank’s in the year 2003, he was age 61, Brooke was cast on the television show Who Do You Think You Are where she stated on her father’s demise quoting: ‘Loss after loss after loss, it takes a toll on your soul.’
The Circle Of Life
After her father’s untimely death Brooke was having a hard time trying to bounce back. It couldn’t have come at an eviler time as the actress was pregnant with her first child and was a few months away to be put to bed. Eventually, Shields gave birth to her first daughter been three weeks ago after the death of her father. Receiving a baby is a full pack of mixed emotional feelings and Brooke, who is just facing the death of her father, was a big chaos inside and she started losing touch with realities. Soon, depression kicked in, and Brooke was in the worst state in her life.
In an attempt of taking good care of her newly born baby and managing over the death of her father caused the actress to sink into great depression. She couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and everything around her seems falling apart and she had no clue on how she can escape from this dark moment of her life. She was emotionally troubled, empathized and deeply depressed. Even the one thing that was supposed to make her happy, but her daughter, was not helping it. A year later a diagnosis was carried out on Brooke shows that she was suffering from a depression known as postpartum which was a common type of depression among women almost all over the world.
Postpartum depression is definitely a state that is not talked about enough, not for how common it is among women who gave birth. Brooke functioned hard in making herself better: she went to therapy, she appeared on different shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about her condition, and even released a book called Down Came the Rain. Throughout her most horrible moments, she had suicidal considerations and was unable to tie in with her daughter. By talking about everything she was feeling, it enabled her to deal with her struggle better.
Tom vs. Brooke
Facing her postpartum downheartedness was tough enough on the actress and she didn’t need anything or anyone else to make things worse or make her feel bad about it. Two years after she gave birth to her daughter, Tom Cruise condemned the actress for talking so confidently about antidepressant pills. He said: “Here is a woman – I care about because I think she is an incredibly talented woman – where has her career gone?” Brooke in response said that his comments were hazardous and foolish.
War of Words
Brooke was obviously upset and furious by Cruise’s comments and she decided to speak her mind. In response to his comments, Brooke said that the actor should probably ‘stick to fighting aliens’ which had a brilliant double meaning to imply the actor’s role in War of the Worlds as well as his beliefs in his sci-fi church initiated by Elron Hubbard. Brooke did not seem she made her point and she decided to express how she really thought in the most honorable way she could think of.
Taking It To The Paper
In trying to express her feelings, Brooke put out a piece of writing in the New York Times wherein short she said “In a peculiar way, it was heartening to me when my personal obstetrician told me that my feelings of extreme despair and suicidal thoughts were directly related to the biochemical change in my body. Once we admit that postpartum is a serious medical condition, then the treatment becomes more available and socially acceptable […] without it, I wouldn’t have become the loving parent I am today.”
From ‘Sorry’ to ‘I Do’
Tom Cruise had purportedly made an apology to Brooke and the media went into a frenzy over any piece of information they could get. Everyone wanted Brooke’s response to the incident and she was uttering the expression that the apology given by Cruise was sincere and heartfelt. Not sure if it was all one big show for the cameras or not, in an interesting turn of events, Brooke together with her husband ended up gracing with presence one of the most talked about marriage ceremony in Hollywood history, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes after three months of their wedding everything took place.
It’s a Jungle Out There
Motherhood was never easy on the workaholic mother that Brooke was. In the year 2006, the famous actress was put to bed for her next daughter, Grier. Childbearing and its subsequent tussles took their fee, however, Brooke decided to give television another chance and she ends up playing Wendy’s role on NBC Lipstick Jungle, a scene written by Candace Bushnell. The sequence was not too good as well as its sister series, and it was cancelled after one season.
The Loss Of Innocence
Brooke had to face loss once again in 2012 when her mother passed away. It was a difficult year for the actress who was also known to have a stormy yet loving relationship with her mother. Teri was a very influential figure in Shields’ life, both on a professional and a personal level. From facing disparagement for her sexy roles at a very tender age, Brooke had lost her childhood all over again when her mother passed and when she never bothered to threaten her regarding their antagonizing relationship.
A star At Five Days Old
After two years of her mother’s transitory, Brooke launched her memoir called “There Was a Little Girl”, where she went into details about her multifaceted childhood of not only being raised by her over-controlling mother but also working closely with her. However, Brooke kept her mom mute while she was still a young girl. Brooke wrote about her feelings while she was just a few days old, her mother saw the potential in her daughter and she wasn’t afraid to express how much she wanted her in the show business. “She’s the most beautiful child and I’m going to help her with her career.”
She Learned Her Lesson
When Brooke’s father transit into glory she had a hard time coping with the new situation in her life, and Brooke was determined not to fall in that deep black hole once again after her mother passed away. She decided to focus her energy on being the best mom she could be and provide for her daughters with the steadiest and normal background she could. Brooke desired them to have a healthy childhood, something she missed growing up in her family.
In an attempt to not repeat her past mistakes with her own family, Brooke did everything that she cannot expose her girls to the equivalent world she was brought into. Shields made sure that to make a clear message to the press, “We shouldn’t just see 15-year-old bodies…I don’t want a 15-year-old body. I don’t want to look like a little boy.” Shields, who was a model when she was younger and appeared in the most controversial of films, has made it very clear to her daughters that they would not step foot in the industry until after college.
When Brooke was asked to explain the decisive choice she said ”It’s a cutthroat and demoralizing business. Plus, they want you when they want you, and you have to be there for auditions and work, and my kids aren’t missing school. If I hadn’t had the intellectual piece as my friend, I would have been more devoured by an industry that has no loyalty whatsoever. You do think because you’ve been in the industry all of your life it will be loyal, but it’s the antithesis of that.”
The creepy Reality
While Hollywood may seem like it’s all just about fame and the glitz and glam, it has never been the case for any other talented actress grooming up. Shields was faced with many battles with the demons in other to have a peaceful place. One of her most alarming incidents was when she heard John Rinaldi, a stalker who would not leave of absence her. Apparently, Rinaldi was once friends with Brooke’s mother many years ago, and he just wanted to get close to the famous daughter. Creepy.
His Childhood Crush
John Rinaldi who was later charged and was tried admitted to having had a (quite creepy) affection on the actress ever since her first appearance on the screen as a child. In fact, he has been infatuated with the actress for the three decades she was active for. He started feeling all kinds of feelings towards her when he was 12, but tried to justify it by saying that it was a type of any kid with a crush… [She] thought Brooke was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in the world.”
The Final Ruling
Judgment day finally arrived in June of 2016 and Rinaldi, who was 49 at the time, was convicted on four different misdemeanour cases of harassing and stalking the famous actress. He ended up getting 60 days inside at New York City’s Rikers Island. However, John, in the long run, work for only half that interval and has specified that Shields had by mistake accused him. In a different interview, Rinaldi said: ”I am not obsessed with her and the funny thing is that it seems to be narcissistic on her end.”
A Female Figure
Brooke Shields’s beauty is something that has been discussed since she was just a few days old. When her mother saw the potential in her daughter at such a young age, she had quite the motherly instinct because as it turned out, Brooke became the talented and stunning actress that she is. Shields has worked tremendously hard on her appearances and fit figure and she makes sure to keep her extensive fan base updated on social media with pictures of her toned body. Brooke is a big fan of healthy eating and is also the spokesperson for Tupperware’s Chain of Confidence SMART Girls campaign, which helps teach young girls the importance of nurturing their well-being.
She Doesn’t Want Drama
After struggling for many years with media scrutiny, her complex relationships with her mother, her parents’ loss and depression, Brooke has decided to start looking at life in a more positive way. She dedicated much of her time to support good causes such as the American Cancer Society and to AIDS research. In the search for her next role, Brooke has decided to go for drama-free roles and she will always prefer fun and light roles as her next project.
The actress’s 50th birthday was beyond doubt the party of her days and it was worth the wait. In way of honoring that milestone, Brooke threw a party and invited her closest circle of friends and family. The party took place at a New York City rooftop bar, it was absolutely exciting and glamorous. Her significant other, Chris was also very emotional at his wife’s party and broke down in tears when he spoke about her. He said that she was just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
She Raised An Eyebrow
Shields is definitely one to be the envy of. The way she looks at 50 is pretty remarkable, however, she is still human after all and all that beauty doesn’t just happen with no help. One of the beauty’s iconic features are her thick eyebrows and while she tried to keep a natural look, her eyebrows do get groomed from time to time. ”I don’t wax. If there’s a rascal hair, I’ll perhaps pluck it or if a makeup artist realizes one they would get at, I’ll let them, but I don’t do excessively much.”
Brooke Couldn’t Take It Anymore
One of the things people may not know about the actress is the fact that she feels pain from a constricted toe distortion. She’s had it for years and she was in serious pain all that time. In 2008, the media went crazy about the fact that the actress was supposed to undergo surgery. Brooke was unable to bear the pains further. ”Just walking, I’m in pain and when I work I have to wear high heels all the time. The surgery was unplanned but very much necessary.”
She’s Here To Stay
Brooke Shields is absolutely irresistible and she’s undoubtedly not afraid to put herself out there, in all kinds of different roles. Some of her roles in recent years included a recurring role on the successful sitcom The Middle where she played Rita. In the year 2013, she actively went into voice-over speech and she intoned Mrs Goodman animated scene, Mr Pickles. In the year 2017 appearances of Brooke was found on the legendary singer Michael Bolton’s show. In a nutshell, it’s safe to say that Brooke Shields will appear on our screen for many years to come. The actress is here to stay.
A Double Fault
The 90’s was huge for the glamorous actress who engaged in dating eligible men of Hollywood together with the actor Liam Neeson and the legendary musician Michael Bolton. Both of these relationships ended before they even started, after a series of dating men in Hollywood Brooke became fed up and found feelings for a professional tennis player Andre Agassi. The couple seemed to have it all, but after they said they I Do’s in 1997, it all fell apart quickly and the couple divorced after two years.
Things Fell Apart
The actress’s complicated relationship with her mother, Teri, was no secret. The two went through many ups and downs throughout the years and it was only a matter of time till something blow up. Teri, who was powerfully against her daughter’s correlation with her new husband, did not hide her mental state. The two started drifting apart and the highest was when Brooke fired up her own mother after 30 years of working together. In advance to their public divorce, Andre pleads guilty to his wife that he is addicted to drugs, a fact he was hiding from her.
BFF With The King
While many fans hope there would be more to the bizarre friendship between the stunning actress and the late King of Pop, the reality was that the two were simply just close friends. They had more in common than people knew as the two came from broken homes with over-controlling of parents. Their relationship begins drifting apart after 11 years, perhaps sue to Shield’s interview with Rolling Stone magazine where she referred to Jackson as ‘asexual.’
A one way love
It turned out that the late singer didn’t quite feel the same as Shields. In an interview Michael Jackson gave years ago, he said: ”That was one of the loves of my life […] Her pictures were all over my wall, my mirror, everything. I attended the Academy Awards and this young lady came approaching me and she says ‘Hi, my name is Brooke Shields. Will you be going to the after-party?’ I go, ‘Yeah,’ thinking ‘Oh my God, does she know she’s all over my room?’ Man, we exchanged numbers and I was up all night, singing, spinning around my room, just so happy.”
When Brooke turned 21, a special milestone among youngsters in America, Brooke decided to celebrate that landmark by appearing on the notorious but probably most famous men’s magazine, Playboy. That was another way for the actress to break boundaries as the pictures really didn’t leave much to the reader’s imagination. However, the actress had still received less negative feedback than when she playing her racy role in Pretty Baby. It appeared at the period that Brooke was just racing scandals.
A superhero love
At Princeton, Brooke met her (first) Prince Attractive and her real-life hero, actor Dean Cain. In her very revealing autobiography, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, the actress goes into details about the night she spent with the actor. Brooke has been very open about her thoughts about abstinence, so that was a bit of a surprise. In an interview which took place years later, Cain was asked about his relationship with Shields and he said: ”I was in love with her certainly, we were in college, sweethearts.”
In The Friend Zone?
When Brooke Shields spoke at the Michael Jackson’s memorial service, people were somewhat furious and even called her fake. In their eyes, the references she made to their friendship were portrayed in a non-platonic manner. Some of Brooke’s declarations include, “thinking back to when we met and the many times that we spent together, there would be a caption of some kind, which would usually say something like ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair,’ but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships.”
It Wasn’t Fur
One thing Brooke didn’t hide from her fans was her love for animals and being a vegan. She was also an activist for animal rights and the issue was very close to her heart. Furthermore, she even spoke in counter to the fur industry back in the late 80’s. The whole world became hypothetically shocked on hearing the announcement that Brooke had travelled to Copenhagen to produce a mink of a fur coat. She received a lot of negative attention and came under the scrutiny of PETA and other animal rights organizations.
George Michael’s Rejection
Brooke exposes herself a lot in her memoir There Was a Little Girl. In it, she describes her relationship with George Michael in the 80s when he was an icon and had yet to come out of the closet. On the night that Michael broke up with her, Brooke thought that he was going to take her virginity. She said, “Oh God, I taught I will have my first great moment with Michael George in the limo back.” George rather responds to her quest that it will not be and that he wanted to focus on his career. Little did Brooke know it really wasn’t her but him.
Brooke hit stardom at such a young age, not really by choice, but she felt like she had more to give than just her pretty face. She was in a relationship with John Travolta intermittently and her identity was even associated to Monaco’s Prince Albert, so she really was in the spotlight her entire matured life. At some point, Brooke felt a bit tired from that superficiality and pursued her Bachelor degree.
After completing her studies from one of the prominent preparatory school Dwight-Englewood, Brooke was given an admission into the prestigious Princeton University where all her studies in the romance languages were completed.