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Pretty baby II

Los Angeles, April 19 (Reuters): Actress Brooke Shields, whose first experience as a mother led her to write a book about postpartum depression, gave birth on Tuesday to her second child with TV writer Chris Henchy, her publicist said.

The 40-year-old actress and her husband named their new daughter Grier Hammond Henchy, the couple said in a statement issued through People magazine.

Shields, who burst onto the Hollywood scene playing a child prostitute in the 1978 film Pretty Baby and went to star in her own television sitcom, Suddenly Susan, gave birth to her first daughter, Rowan, in May 2003.

She chronicled her post-natal emotional difficulties in the book Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.

In it, Shields revealed taking anti-depressants for treatment of extreme despair and suicidal thoughts, an admission that actor Tom Cruise later criticised publicly in explaining his own scepticism about psychiatry as part of his belief in the Church of Scientology.

Shields fired back in a New York Times opinion column published in July 2005, rebuking Cruise’s comments as a “ridiculous rant”.

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