Brooke Shields on the complexities of motherhood

Brooke Shields memoir "There Was a Little Girl" hinges on her often difficult relationship with her manager and mother, Teri Shields.

1980s icon Brooke Shields speaks with guest host Tom Power about her new memoir, There Was a Little Girl — an intimate portrait of her complicated relationship with her mother.

Shields' career began when she was just an infant in an Ivory Soap commercial. By age 16, she was one of the biggest stars in the world. Her career was managed by her mother, Teri Shields, a woman often portrayed in the media as a controlling stage mom who pushed her daughter into sexually provocative roles at a young age.

The actress reviews what she sees as misconceptions about her mother, and explains how delving into their sometimes painful relationship has affected her own experience as a mother of two young girls.


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