Everything you need to know about Brooke Shields' marriage to producer Chris Henchy, and their 2 teenage daughters who were 'outraged' after watching her new documentary

Brooke Shields, Grier Hammond Henchy and Chris Henchy attend the "Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on March 29, 2023 in New York City.
Brooke Shields, Grier Hammond Henchy and Chris Henchy attend the "Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on March 29, 2023 in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
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  • Brooke Shields has been married to producer and writer Chris Henchy since 2001.

  • The couple share two daughters together, Grier, 16, and Rowan, 19.

  • Here's all you need to know about Shields' family, including their reactions to her new documentary.

In 2001, Shields married producer and writer Chris Henchy.

Brooke Shields with new Chris Henchy in 1999.
Brooke Shields with Chris Henchy in 1999.Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

In her new Hulu documentary, "Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields," the actor and model described Henchy as the "first person" she could really be herself around.

The two met on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, in 1999 while Shields was walking her American bulldog. Although Shields was not looking to date — as she had recently split from her first husband, tennis player Andre Agassi — she and Henchy immediately hit it off.

They got married two years later in 2001.

As shown in archival footage in the two-part documentary, they said their vows in an intimate lakeside ceremony. Shields wore a strapless wedding gown and Henchy wore a matching white suit.

Shields' parents, former model Teri Shields and Revlon executive Frank Shields, who divorced when she was just 5 months old, were seen in a clip posing and smiling together while celebrating their daughter's big day.

The couple experienced some fertility issues before they welcomed their two daughters.

Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy during 2006 Writers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, United States.
A pregnant Brooke Shields and her husband Chris Henchy in 2006.SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images

Writing in her 2005 memoir, "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression," Shields said that she was "so clear about wanting to have children with this man" that she chose to go off the pill before they walked down the aisle together.

When she didn't fall pregnant, Shields wrote that "it crossed our minds that there might be something wrong," and so she went to see a fertility specialist in Los Angeles who discovered that due to earlier cervical surgery to remove precancerous cells, Shields was struggling to conceive.

As a result, the couple turned to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and when that didn't work, Shields started thinking that she was being "punished."

"I was like, something's wrong with me. I'm not meant to be a mother," Shields recalled in her documentary.

Shields then experienced baby loss three months after she fell pregnant for the first time and it took the couple another six tries before Shields conceived and carried to full term their eldest daughter.

In 2003, Shields gave birth to the couple's first child together, a daughter they named Rowan, who is now 19 and in college.

Brooke Shields and Rowan Francis Henchy attend The Hollywood Reporter Most Powerful People In Media Presented By A&E at The Pool on May 17, 2022.
Brooke Shields and Rowan Francis Henchy attend The Hollywood Reporter Most Powerful People In Media Presented By A&E at The Pool on May 17, 2022.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

Two years after the couple tied the knot, Shields and Henchy welcomed their first daughter, Rowan Francis Henchy, in 2003.

Now 19, Rowan is currently enrolled at college in North Carolina, something Shields is particularly proud of as she decided to defy expectations and get a diploma herself when she was a teen star.

Rowan has also channeled her mom in other ways, too. For her high school prom, Rowan chose to wear the red strapless gown that Shields wore to the 1998 Golden Globe Awards when she earned her second nomination for her NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan."

Sharing the sweet moment on Instagram, Shields wrote: "I thought it was a special night when I was nominated for a Golden Globe and wore this dress in 1998, but nothing could have prepared me to see my daughter wearing it to her prom. Proud mama!"

Shields suffered postpartum depression after Rowan was born, something she has been extremely open about.

Brooke Shields, husband Chris Henchy, and their daughter Rowan 2005 in London, England.
Brooke Shields, her husband Chris Henchy, and their daughter Rowan 2005 in London, England.Dave Benett/Getty Images

Shields has been candid about her experience with postpartum depression, which began shortly after Rowan was born.

In an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2005, she said: "I was told it was the 'baby blues' at first. And so then, what was wrong with me was even worse. I thought, "Well, then I must epitomize failure if I can't even get past this.'"

Shields advised parents who might be feeling the same as her to "find out what medicine's available" as "you don't have to be miserable."

After Shields' public admission, Tom Cruise said that telling her story of taking the medication was "dangerous" and "misinformation."

Shields responded by writing an op-ed in The New York Times in which she argued that her former "Endless Love" costar's uninformed comments that vitamins and exercise would cure her better were a "disservice to mothers everywhere."

The actor apologized the following year.

 

Shields gave birth to a second daughter, Grier, in 2006. She is now 16 and wants to pursue modeling.

Grier Henchy and Brooke Shields attend the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2022 Show on September 25, 2021 in Milan, Italy.
Grier Henchy and Brooke Shields attend the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2022 Show on September 25, 2021, in Milan, Italy.Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Salvatore Ferragamo

The family grew again three years after Rowan's arrival with the birth of Grier Hammond Henchy in 2006.

Shields said that Grier is interested in becoming a model too, something that "The Blue Lagoon" star was initially against, but has decided to support.

However, during a recent appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Shields said that Grier — who is currently a junior in high school — is still considering going to college.

 

Shields said her daughters were "outraged" after watching her new documentary in which she opens up about shooting nude scenes at age 11 and being sexually assaulted.

Brooke Shields and her daughter Grier Shields in "Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields"
Brooke Shields and her daughter Rowan Shields in "Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields"Hulu

Appearing recently on "Today with Hoda & Jenna," Shields said the Grier started "sobbing" and "ran out of the screening room" after she sat down to watch the candid documentary.

The documentary, which is available to stream on Hulu, covers Shields' life and career to date, going into detail about how she was sexualized from a young age after becoming a child model and acting in controversial films such as "Pretty Baby," in which, at age 11, she played a child prostitute.

"Grier looked at it as all the things that I kept from her, she was outraged and she was very sad," the "Pretty Baby" star said.

"She said, 'Nothing you say to me, Mom, is going to make it better.' She said, 'I hate seeing bad things happen to you.'"

Rowan, meanwhile, was able to grasp the importance of her mom opening up about the things she had endured, despite how difficult it was for her to watch.

"She was able to say, 'Women need to see this,'" Shields said.

 

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