By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 01 2003 12:00 AM ET
Frank Shields, father of gay-friendly actor Brooke Shields, passed away Saturday, April 26, in Palm Beach, Fla., after battling prostate cancer for several years. He was 61. Brooke Shields, who appeared on the cover of the April 25, 2000, Advocate, described her father as living in a much more traditional world than the hip, gay-adjacent milieu occupied by Shields and her mother, Teri. After that Advocate cover, Shields won the lead role as a lesbian mom the following year in the TV film What Makes a Family, from out executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Shields and comedy-writer husband Chris Henchy are expecting their first child this summer.