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Actress Laura Linney reveals she’s worried for her childhood friend Brooke Shields

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Actress Laura Linney has revealed she was worried about her childhood friend Brooke Shields when the child star appeared in her first primary school ad.

Lenny, 59, also recalled how the couple would “cover and cover” when Shields’ alcoholic mother, Terri, came home in a drunken rage.

These revelations are made in Shields’ new documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which explores the career and career of the model and actress, along with her relationship with her mother.

Shields, 57, spent her life in front of the camera, first as a model, and then as a model and actress throughout her teenage years. Her mother looked on as Shields turned into a sex symbol — even posing nude in movies and photo shoots — despite being underage.

The two-part documentary was released on Hulu on April 3.

Laura Linney has recalled Brooke Shields’ mother’s drunken rage in the new documentary

Laura Linney (left) and Brooke Shields (right) were childhood friends in elementary school

Laura Linney (left) and Brooke Shields (right) were childhood friends in elementary school

Brooke Shields (right) and her mother Teri (left).  Terry served as Brooke's manager

Brooke Shields (right) and her mother Teri (left). Terry served as Brooke’s manager

In the documentary, Lenny recalls being an elementary school kid and watching Shields travel from New Jersey to California to appear in some of her first ads.

“These kind of whispers about school, like ‘I went to California,’ third and fourth graders said like, ‘Where did you go? “

“And I remember seeing the ad campaigns come in, like opening the newspaper and seeing her face, and it was hard to understand.”

She added, “I always remember thinking and hoping she was okay.”

As one of Shields’ close friends, Linney has seen firsthand both faces of Brooke’s mother – a hulking figure one moment, a terrifying drunk the next.

“When Terri was sober she was boisterous, fun, loud and big and took up space,” she said. “And when she wasn’t in shape she would duck and cover.”

Lenny recounts several situations in which he and Brock are playing at the Shields house alone, and then Terry comes home drunk. She said that Brock always jumps into action and knows how to avoid conflict.

“I would follow her lead,” said Lenny, “and she would know what to do, how to do it, how to protect herself, what room to go into, which doors to lock.”

“Both of us could hear the clanging of the keys, and we’d go into a room, make sure we were safe, and Terry would come home drunk and then we’d wait for him to calm down, and then we’d walk out.”

Lenny said she understood the complicated situation Brooke found herself in, afraid of the mother she could be but loving her all the time.

“You want to protect the people you love even if they are deeply flawed and damaged and devastated,” said Lenny.

Brooke Shields with her mom, Teri.  The two had a complicated relationship

Brooke Shields with her mom, Teri. The two had a complicated relationship

Brooke and Terry Shields in 1981. Terry was an alcoholic with frequent mood swings

Brooke and Terry Shields in 1981. Terry was an alcoholic with frequent mood swings

In the documentary, Shields discussed complicated moments with her mother, such as the time when, aged just 11, she was forced to kiss Keith Carradine, then 27, in the 1978 movie Pretty Baby in which she played a prostitute. .

Shields said she struggled to understand how her mother didn’t intervene as she revealed that her daughters Rowan, 19, and Greer, 16, refuse to watch him.

In the documentary, Rawan said ‘It’s child porn! Would you let us (do that) at 11?’

Shields replied, “No,” because she was overcome with emotion.

The star’s mother passed away in 2012. An only child, Shields said she couldn’t be mad at her because her mom was so insecure.

The actress has always shrugged off the blame faced by her mother — who allowed Shields to get naked for a Playboy publication at the age of 10, but Shields now admitted “I don’t know why she thought it was OK.” I don’t know.’

The incidents weren’t the first in which they were sexualized by the media. At 15 she shot Blue Lagoon and then Endless Love. Both featured sexuality and nudity, while she also appeared scantily clad in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein denim at the same age.

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