Shelley Duvall
American actress
Shelley Duvall
Shelley Alexis Duvall is an American actress, best known for her acting roles in the films Thieves Like Us, 3 Women, The Shining and Popeye. She began her career in the 1970s films of Robert Altman, followed by roles in films by Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. She is also an Emmy-nominated producer, responsible for Faerie Tale Theatre and other kid-friendly programming.
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Exploitative or empowering? Dr. Phil's interview with Shelley Duvall sparks controversy
LATimes - 3 months
On Wednesday afternoon, “The Dr. Phil Show” released a promotional clip for Friday’s episode featuring an interview with a visibly unwell Shelley Duvall. The actress is famous for her consistent appearances in the films of Robert Altman, specifically as Olive Oyl in Altman’s “Popeye,” as well as...
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Shelley Duvall reveals she is mentally ill
CNN - 3 months
"The Shining" star Shelley Duvall has made some disturbing comments during an appearance on "Dr. Phil."
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Don't Fart in Front of Hot Paramedics
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I thought I was dying. That's the only excuse for my execrable behavior during The Incident. ("Execrable" being the operative keyword in this tale of bowels and gorgeous men.) I have IBS, which stands for Irresistible Beauty Syndrome (street-name Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The night before The Incident, my entire GI tract was in such pain that I took the Deadly Pill. It was red, reminiscent of Satan. It would either allay the inflammation and spasming in my gut or have these side effects: hysterical blindness, Woodstock flashbacks (even though I was never there), peyote-style hallucinations, rampaging fevers, involuntary truth-telling, bowel obstruction and death with no chance of entry into Heaven, rather an infinite stay in Purgatory with Bill Clinton or permanent residence on a cot in the seventh ring of Hell between Dante and Charlie Sheen. I awoke that post-pill morning with what had to be a bowel obstruction, causing excruciating pain across the wilderness of my abdomen ...
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'The Shining' Behind-The-Scenes Photos Showcase Jack Nicholson And Stanley Kubrick In Action
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Right in time for your Halloween horror binge, take a look at some behind-the-scenes action on the set of "The Shining." Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, director Stanley Kubrick and others are in full force in these shots, which will make the hordes of "Shining" diehards swoon. These photos are a part of dozens that were recently uploaded to Imgur. Here are 11 of the best. Shelley Duvall (Wendy Torrance), Danny Lloyd (Danny Torrance), director Stanley Kubrick and various crew members. Kubrick's daughter Vivian is holding the camera on the left. Lisa and Louise Burns as the Grady Girls Joe Turkel (Lloyd), Kubrick and Nicholson "Danny!" Facade of the Overlook Hotel under construction Kubrick and Duvall Kubrick and Nicholson watching playback footage Duvall and Nicholson film Wendy and Jack's final showdown Fake blood splattered on the wall during the Grady Girls scene Rehearsal Filming the opening sequence See the rest of the photos on Imgur.
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What Stanley Kubrick got wrong about “The Shining”
Salon.com - over 3 years
It's no secret that Stephen King dislikes Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of his 1977 novel, "The Shining," but now that King is publishing a sequel, "Doctor Sleep," he's being asked once again to explain why. "I felt that it was very cold, very, 'We're looking at these people, but they're like ants in an anthill, aren't they doing interesting things, these little insects,'" is what King said recently when a BBC interviewer asked him about the film. He also described Kubrick's characterization of Wendy Torrance, played by Shelley Duvall, as "one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film. She's basically just there to scream and be stupid. And that's not the woman I wrote about." Continue Reading...
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Stephen King: on alcoholism and returning to the Shining
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
More than 30 years after Stephen King first terrified readers with The Shining, he's written a sequel, drawing on his alcoholism and a near-death experience. He talks about being a drunk father and why the Twilight series is just 'tweenager porn' Stephen King has written a lot of books – at 56 novels, he's closing in on Agatha Christie – some of which have been great, some of which less so. Still, he says, when people say, "Steve, your books are uneven", he's confident "there's good stuff in all of 'em". Now and then, a story lingers in his mind long after it's published. When fans ask what happened to Charlie McGee in Firestarter, for example, King isn't interested. But when they ask what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy from The Shining, he always found himself wondering. Specifically: what the story would have looked like if Danny's father – mad "white-knuckle alcoholic" Jack Torrance – had "found AA. And I thought, well, let's find out." At 65, King is a big, shaggy presence, ...
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James Ponsoldt: The 25 Best Coming-Of-Age Films Ever
Huffington Post - over 3 years
25. BIG WEDNESDAY: Good friends, giant Malibu waves, and Vietnam. Perfect movie combination. John Milius wrote and directed this beautiful 1978 film, and -- for whatever reason -- it doesn't seem to get nearly enough recognition (it's far more grounded and realistic than his '80s offerings, which include "Red Dawn"). The film is a real stunner, and Gary Busey gives one of his finest performances (for me, it's up there with "The Buddy Holly Story"). 24. APARAJITO: The second in Satyajit Ray's stunning "Apu Trilogy," which has always felt like a Bengali cousin to Truffaut's Antoine Doinel films. Made in 1956 (years before Truffaut's first film), "Aparajito" is one of the most timeless and pure coming-of-age films I know, and one of the most painful -- it deals unflinchingly with grief over the loss of a parent, and manages to gracefully depict a child's loss of innocence and awareness of mortality. Apu is a different person at the end of "Aparajito" -- alive, but scarred by l ...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of July 7-13
Yahoo News - over 3 years
July 7: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 86. Drummer Ringo Starr is 73. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 70. Actor Joe Spano is 67. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 66. Country singer Linda Williams is 66. Actress Shelley Duvall is 64. Actress Roz Ryan ("Amen") is 62. Actor Billy Campbell ("Once and Again") is 54. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 51. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard ("Ally McBeal") is 50. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 47. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 47. Actress Amy Carlson ("Blue Bloods") is 45. Actress Jorja Fox ("CSI") is 45. Actress Cree Summer ("A Different World") is 44. Actor Troy Garity ("Barbershop") is 40. Actress Berenice Bejo ("The Artist") is 37. Actor Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is 37.
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Anne Margaret Daniel: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood: Writing for the Movies, 1937-1940
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) have lunch. (Courtesy Warner Brothers) With the new movie version of The Great Gatsby getting more attention by the moment, and since I positively reveled in its New York premiere last week, I've been thinking about F. Scott Fitzgerald's own career as a writer -- of novels, certainly, but also of screenplays. In 1937, Fitzgerald went to work in Hollywood. He had never, despite the flop of his play The Vegetable in 1923, quite given up on the idea of drama. The stage had failed him, and his first trip to Hollywood as a screenwriter in 1927 was a fiasco. But Fitzgerald loved plays, acting (and actresses), and writing dialogue. He was not the first prominent writer, nor would he be the last, to pay his bills writing and doctoring screenplays. William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, Raymond Chandler, Larry McMurtry, Tom Stoppard and many others have drawn paychecks, and the occasional Oscar, from their work in "t ...
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Hunting For Secrets In 'The Shining's' Room 237
NPR - almost 4 years
A new documentary looks at obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. These fanatics look for hidden meanings in the movie, and while some of their theories sound outrageous, it's too simple to call such thinking deranged. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Network Awesome: Back From the Dead, Again: Frankenweenie
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Brian Correia These days, it seems like anytime someone says anything about Tim Burton, it has to be along the lines of "Oh, how the mighty have fallen," or even, in some especially wrong cases, "Oh, how the mighty were never even mighty in the first place.[1] " Sure, maybe the man has been resting on his laurels for a few years, but he's got hell of a set of laurels. And shtick aside, there is no fronting on his resume. Here's a taste: he has animated for Disney, dreamed up dozens of iconic characters, invented the dark superhero film, directed bona fide classics in a Whitman's sampler of genres, and had two children with Marla Singer from Fight Club. Believe it or not, that long and storied career had one of its earliest highlights in 1984 with a short film called Frankenweenie. At heart, Frankenweenie is a classic tale about a boy and his dog. Of course, given the title, you would be right to suspect there's a little more at stake here than that. It's an homage to ...
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Meet the stars of Frankenweenie: New character posters revealed
Ciniplex - over 4 years
Get your first look at the characters of Tim Burton’s upcoming stop-motion film Frankenweenie in our photo gallery.  Losing a beloved pet is tough and young Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) isn’t going to let his best friend rest in peace.  With the power of electricity and a penchant for experimentation behind him, the young scientist-in-training gives his tail-wagging BFF a new leash on life, with consequences, of course. Conceived as part homage and part parody of the 1931 Frankenstein movie, Burton first dipped into reanimated dog territory in a 1984 short film he created starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, and future actress-turned-director Sofia Coppola.  The film subsequently got Burton fired from Disney for being, among other things, too scary for kids.  This time around, he’s created a black-and-white monster-movie in the vein of The Nightmare Before Christmas and is working with a cast of actors who’ve all graced the screen in the director’s previous ...
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Northwest Mall in pictures
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
What actress once sold scarves and perfumes at the Northwest Mall Foley’s? It should be common knowledge to most Houstonians that Shelley Duvall worked at the northwest Houston shopping center. And that’s your trivia for the day. For residents living in that area of Houston in the early 1960s, you had few options if you [...]
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shelley Duvall
    FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 52
    Her most recent acting appearance was a small role in the 2002 independent film Manna from Heaven.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    In 1998, she played Drew Barrymore's mother in the comedy Home Fries and Hilary Duff's aunt in the direct-to-video children's film Casper Meets Wendy.
    More Details Hide Details Near the end of the decade she returned to the horror genre with Tale of the Mummy (1998) and The 4th Floor (1999). In the 2000s, Duvall accepted minor roles, including the mother of Matthew Lawrence's character in the horror-comedy Boltneck and Haylie Duff's aunt in the independent family film Dreams in the Attic, which was sold to the Disney Channel but was never released.
  • 1996
    Age 46
    She appeared as the vain, over-friendly, but harmless Countess Gemini - sister to the calculating Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich) - in Jane Campion's 1996 adaptation of the Henry James novel The Portrait of a Lady.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, she played a beatific nun in the comedy film Changing Habits and a besotted, murderous, ostrich-farm owner in Guy Maddin's fourth feature Twilight of the Ice Nymphs. The same year she played Chris Cooper's character's gullible wife who yearns for a better life in Horton Foote's made-for-television film, Alone. Duvall continued to make film and television appearances throughout the late-1990s.
  • 1993
    Age 43
    Duvall produced a fifth series for Showtime, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, before selling Think Entertainment in 1993 and retiring as a producer.
    More Details Hide Details Duvall's production work gained her six CableACE Awards and one Peabody Award. A year later, Duvall landed a guest spot on the television series L.A. Law as Margo Stanton, a show dog owner and breeder who presses charges against the owner of a Welsh Corgi that mated with her prize-winning Afghan Hound.
  • 1991
    Age 41
    In 1991, Duvall portrayed Jenny Wilcox, wife of Charlie Wilcox (Christopher Lloyd) in the Hulk Hogan action-adventure film Suburban Commando.
    More Details Hide Details In October that year, Duvall released two compact discs, Hello, I'm Shelley Duvall... Sweet Dreams that features Duvall singing lullaby songs and Hello, I'm Shelley Duvall... Merry Christmas, on which Duvall sings Christmas songs. The following year, Think Entertainment joined the newly formed Universal Family Entertainment to create Duvall's fourth Showtime original series, Hello, I'm Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, which featured animated adaptations of children's storybooks with celebrity narrators and garnered her a second Emmy nomination.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    In 1988, Duvall founded a new production company called Think Entertainment to develop programs and television movies for cable channels.
    More Details Hide Details She created Nightmare Classics (1989), a third Showtime anthology series that featured adaptations of well-known horror stories by authors including Edgar Allan Poe. Unlike the previous two series, Nightmare Classics was aimed at a teenage and adult audience. It was the least successful series that Duvall produced for Showtime and ran for only four episodes.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    In 1985, she created Tall Tales & Legends, another one-hour anthology series for Showtime, which featured adaptations of American folk tales.
    More Details Hide Details As with Faerie Tale Theatre, the series starred well-known Hollywood actors with Duvall as host, executive producer and occasional guest star. The series ran for nine episodes garnered Duvall an Emmy nomination. While Duvall was producing Faerie Tale Theatre, it was reported that she was to star as the lead in the film adaptation of Tom Robbins’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which starred Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, her sister Cindy Hall and Sissy Spacek. The project was delayed and when it released in 1993 it starred an entirely different cast. She also landed roles in films and television series: the mother of a boy whose dog is struck by car in Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie (1984), a lonely and timid woman who receives a message from a flying saucer in The Twilight Zone episode "The Once and Future King/A Saucer of Loneliness", and the friend of Steve Martin's character in the comedy Roxanne (1987).
  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982, Duvall narrated, hosted and was executive producer of the children's television program Faerie Tale Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in seven episodes of the series; "Rumpelstiltskin" (1983), "Rapunzel" (1983), "The Nightingale" (1983), "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1984), "Puss in Boots" (1985), and "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" (1986). Since the program's first episode "The Frog Prince", which starred Robin Williams and Teri Garr, Duvall produced 27 hour-long episodes of the program.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 27
    Duvall's performance garnered the award for Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival and the LAFCA Award for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in a minor role in Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977). Duvall's next role was Wendy Torrance in The Shining (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson states in the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures that Kubrick was great to work with but that he was "a different director" with Duvall. Because of Kubrick's methodical nature, principal photography took a year to complete. Kubrick and Duvall argued frequently, although Duvall later said she learned more from working with Kubrick on The Shining than she did on all her earlier films. In order to give The Shining the psychological horror it needed, director Stanley Kubrick antagonized his actors. The film’s script was changed so often that Nicholson stopped reading each draft. Kubrick intentionally isolated Duvall and argued with her often. Duvall was forced to perform the iconic and exhausting baseball bat scene 127 times. Afterwards, Duvall presented Kubrick with clumps of hair that had fallen out due to the extreme stress of filming.
    In 1977, Duvall starred as Mildred "Millie" Lammoreaux in Altman's 3 Women.
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  • 1970
    Age 20
    Duvall was married to artist Bernard Sampson between 1970 and 1974; the couple divorced as Duvall's acting career accelerated.
    More Details Hide Details While she was shooting in New York for her part in Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), she met singer/songwriter Paul Simon. They lived together for two years. Their relationship ended when Duvall introduced Simon to her friend, actress Carrie Fisher; Fisher took up with Simon. Shortly before the release of Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits, it was reported that Duvall and actor Stanley Wilson (who portrayed the town barber in Popeye) were set to marry. However, no further reports were released regarding this. Duvall is an animal lover, caring for and incorporating many of her favorite pets into original children's stories and songs. In the 1980s and 1990s, she lived in Benedict Canyon in California with her pets. Duvall has lived out of public view since her retirement in 2002. She is reported to be living in Blanco, Texas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Shelley Alexis Duvall was born on July 7, 1949 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Bobbie Ruth Crawford and Robert Richardson "Bobby" Duvall (1919–1995), a lawyer (not to be confused with actor Robert Duvall).
    More Details Hide Details Duvall has three brothers; Scott, Shane and Stewart. After leaving school, Duvall sold cosmetics at Foley's and attended South Texas Junior College, where she majored in Nutrition and Diet Therapy. She met Robert Altman when he was shooting Brewster McCloud (1970) on location. He offered Duvall a part in the film. She said, "I got tired of arguing, and thought maybe I am an actress. They told me to come. I simply got on a plane and did it. I was swept away." Duvall had never left Texas before Altman offered her a film role. She flew to Hollywood and landed the role of a free-spirited love interest to Bud Cort's reclusive Brewster in Brewster McCloud. Altman chose Duvall for roles as an unsatisfied mail-order bride in McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), the daughter of a convict and mistress to Keith Carradine's character in Thieves Like Us (1974), a spaced-out groupie in Nashville (1975), and a sympathetic Wild West woman in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976).
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