Intimate Portrait

Brooke Shields (22 Jan. 2001)

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Nice interview with Shields, unfortunate glossy spin on her career.
25 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Why don't people do research when creating projects like this? It opened referring to Ms. Shields as "Christa Brooke Shields." Other inaccuracies continued throughout the show, such as getting her age wrong on various projects, like "Wanda Nevada." Perhaps they don't know about IMDB. The interview footage with Shields is nice. (And am I the only one who noticed the errie physical likeness between Teri Shields and Gena Rowlands?)

The piece was spun to weed out Brooke's tough years ("Brenda Starr", "Backstreet Dreams", etc.) It seemed to jump from her 1987 Princeton graduation to her career-changing guest-spot on "Friends" in 1996. The fact that the industry had written her off and she pushed forward through bad material and public mockery to reclaim her stardom while actually developing into a good actress ("What Makes A Family", "The Weekend", "Black and White") shows why she is an exceptional woman and someone who has been greatly underestimated as a talent. It's hard to understand why her recent independent film work is such a revelation when "The Diamond Trap" is removed from the discussion of her film history. The piece felt like a PR spin to convince people that she has been considered a good actress her entire life. A good 10 minutes was spent discussing her performance in "Pretty Baby". I would rather have heard about what she pulled from herself to push forward as an actress, when she could have easily lived off product endorsements for the rest of her life and how she was able convince people to hire her along side Martin Sheen, Parker Posey, Gena Rowlands and Robert Downey Jr. She is now poised to be the first child star since Jodie Foster to become a real actress. That is quite an accomplishment that was never acknowledged. Also, her six to seven-year relationship with Andre Agassi got about 30 seconds of air-time.

I think a great disservice to Shields' inner steel and growth was done.

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