Teri and Brooke Shields Teri and Brooke Shields

Teri Shields, Brooke Shields' mother and former manager, died last Wednesday at the age of 79, The New York Times reports. She passed away from a long illness related to dementia in Manhattan.

Born Theresa Anna Lillian Schmon, Teri was a cosmetics saleswoman and model until she met Frank Shields, a former tennis player. The pair conceived Brooke five months before they married and quickly split. After Brooke was born, Teri pushed her daughter into show business.

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