After years of watching Brooke Shields star in the sitcom "Suddenly Susan," it's difficult to remember the controversy she stirred back in 1978 when she appeared, at age 12, as a child prostitute in "Pretty Baby." All with the blessing of her manager/mother, Teri Shields.
Memories have just been jogged.
The Tate Modern Museum in London has taken down an image of Shields, now 44 and a mother of two, called "Spiritual America" by American artist Richard Prince, because Scotland Yard warns the image could be breaking obscenity laws. The artwork, using a found publicity photograph taken in 1975, depicts Shields, only 10 years old, standing nude with heavy makeup in a bathtub. She stares directly into the camera with a look that belies her young years. Amazingly, the provocative painting has already hung without incident in New York's Guggenheim Museum.
The photo was originally taken by Gary Gross, a U.S. photographer. Later the photo appeared in a Playboy publication, "Sugar 'n' Spice."
It wasn't until years later that Teri Shields, 75, and who now suffers from dementia, attempted, unsuccessfully, to buy back the negatives from the photographer.