In a new documentary directed by Ashley York, legendary actress and model Brooke Shields reflects on her controversial debut role in the 1978 film “Pretty Baby.” Shields, who was just 12 years old at the time, appeared in multiple naked sequences in the film, which was set in a brothel in early 20th-century New Orleans.
Shields speaks openly about her experiences on the set of “Pretty Baby,” including her contacts with director Louis Malle and her mother, who worked as her manager, in the documentary. She also discusses the film’s effect on her career and personal life, as well as her thoughts on the ongoing issue around child performers and their exposure to mature topics in media.
The documentary offers a fresh and illuminating perspective on one of the most controversial films of the 1970s and sheds light on the difficulties child actors confront in the entertainment industry. Shields’s views on her experience provide an important insight on the role of children in the media and the obligation of filmmakers and parents to ensure their safety.
Shields went on to have a successful career as an actress and model, starring in films such as “The Blue Lagoon” and “Endless Love” and appearing on the covers of various magazines despite the controversy surrounding “Pretty Baby.” Her narrative exemplifies the perseverance and tenacity often required for success in the entertainment industry, particularly for individuals who begin their careers at a young age.
In the upcoming months, the documentary will be released and is certain to generate discourse and debate about child performers in media. The views and reflections of Brooke Shields are certain to resonate with audiences and offer a fascinating viewpoint on a controversial era in Hollywood history.