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The Shining and Nashville actor was 75 years old

By meerna Jul12,2024
The Shining and Nashville actor was 75 years old

Shelley Duvall, the doe-eyed actress who was both muse and protégé of director Robert Altman but may be best remembered for her supporting role opposite Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” died today, July 11, of complications from diabetes at her home in Blanco, Texas. She was 75.

Her death was announced by her long-time partner Dan Gilroy.

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“My dear, sweet, wonderful life partner and friend has left us,” Gilroy said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Too much pain lately, now she is free. Fly away, beautiful Shelley.”

Duvall rose to fame in the 1970s with a series of Altman films, starting with Brewster McCloud and it is followed by McCabe and Mrs. Miller; Thieves like us; 3 women; Nashville; and Buffalo Bill and the Indians.

She then collaborated with Woody Allen in Annie Hall and play her most famous role as Wendy Torrance opposite Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s cult film The Shining.

Born in Houston, Texas, Duvall was discovered by Altman while the director was in town filming Brewster McCloud. After Duvall was cast as the love interest of Bud Cort’s leading man, her performance in the director’s film 3 womenwon the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to her film career, Duvall has also written, produced and directed numerous children’s entertainment series, including Fairy Tale Theatre, Mother Goose Rock’N’Rhyme, Tall TalesAND Legends and bedtime stories.

Born Shelley Alexis Duvall on July 7, 1949, Duvall found her first success in Altman’s 1975 classic Nashville (1975). Two years later, it was time for the director 3 women and a brief but memorable stint as a moody Rolling Stone reporter in Annie Hall. That same year, she hosted Saturday Night Live.

Her popularity grew even further the following decade, when she landed a role that seemed tailor-made for her awkward looks and big eyes: she played Olive Oyl in Altman’s 1980 live-action version of Popeye, opposite Robin Williams.

But her signature role came that same year, as the terrorizing Wendy Torrance in The Shining. (Hollywood legend has it that she was almost as terrorized by director Stanley Kubrick, who had Duvall go through take after take.)

She also appeared in Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film Time Bandits and in 1987 in Roxanne opposite Steve Martin.

In the late 1980s, Duvall moved into television, producing and starring in children’s shows such as Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987), the Emmy-nominated Tall Tales & Legends (1985–1987), and Nightmare Classics (1989).

Although she worked occasionally in the 1990s, she retired in 2002 due to health issues that included both physical and mental struggles. In a 2016 interview, Dr. Philshe appeared disoriented, slurring her words, agitated and confused. Ads for the controversial and widely condemned interview showed Duvall telling the camera, “I am very sick. I need help.”

The interview was conducted during the November election, and many in Hollywood were outraged and accused Dr. Phil McGraw of taking advantage of the troubled star. A few days later, the Actors Fund contacted her to try to help her financially and get her any other help she might need—from social services to direct financial aid.

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