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Birth information

7 July 1949 Houston, Texas, USA

Given Name

Shelley Alexis Duvall

Nickname

The Texas Twiggy

How tall is Shelley Duvall?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Bernard Sampson

Life Story of Shelley Duvall

Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. At the time of her birth, her mother was visiting her grandmother in Fort Worth, though Duvall was raised in Houston. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse", because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture. Shelley however was more than a mouse, but rather quite the little artist. Her favorite thing to do when she was very young was draw. She also has three brothers: Scott, Shane, and Stewart.

Shelley graduated from Waltrip High School in Texas and at first became a cosmetics salesperson. It was in 1970 when Shelley was discovered by talent scouts at a local party. Director Robert Altman wanted to cast Shelley in a film that he was making during the time. Shelley had experience in acting in high school plays at the time and took Altman's offer and she appeared in her first film Brewster McCloud. Altman was so fascinated by her performance that she appeared in his next films including: McCabe and Mrs. Miller in 1971, Thieves Like Us in 1974, and Nashville in 1975. Aside from...

Significant features of Shelley Duvall

Playing quirky and eccentric characters
Wide eyes, toothy smile, and lanky figure

What movies did Shelley Duvall play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1994) , Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1993) , Stories from Growing Up (1991) , Backfield in Motion (1991) , Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990) , Nightmare Classics (1989) , Frog (1987) , Faerie Tale Theatre , Tall Tales & Legends , Popples (1986) ,
Actors Filmography
Manna from Heaven (2002) Detective Dubrinski, Dreams in the Attic (2000) Nellie, Boltneck (2000) Mrs. Stein, The 4th Floor (1999) Martha Stewart, The Hughleys (1999) Mrs. Crump, Maggie Winters (1998) Muriel,...

Birth information

7 July 1949 Houston, Texas, USA

Given Name

Shelley Alexis Duvall

Nickname

The Texas Twiggy

How tall is Shelley Duvall?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Bernard Sampson

Life Story of Shelley Duvall

Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. At the time of her birth, her mother was visiting her grandmother in Fort Worth, though Duvall was raised in Houston. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse", because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture. Shelley however was more than a mouse, but rather quite the little artist. Her favorite thing to do when she was very young was draw. She also has three brothers: Scott, Shane, and Stewart.

Shelley graduated from Waltrip High School in Texas and at first became a cosmetics salesperson. It was in 1970 when Shelley was discovered by talent scouts at a local party. Director Robert Altman wanted to cast Shelley in a film that he was making during the time. Shelley had experience in acting in high school plays at the time and took Altman's offer and she appeared in her first film Brewster McCloud. Altman was so fascinated by her performance that she appeared in his next films including: McCabe and Mrs. Miller in 1971, Thieves Like Us in 1974, and Nashville in 1975. Aside from...

Significant features of Shelley Duvall

Playing quirky and eccentric characters
Wide eyes, toothy smile, and lanky figure

What movies did Shelley Duvall play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1994) , Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1993) , Stories from Growing Up (1991) , Backfield in Motion (1991) , Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990) , Nightmare Classics (1989) , Frog (1987) , Faerie Tale Theatre , Tall Tales & Legends , Popples (1986) ,
Actors Filmography
Manna from Heaven (2002) Detective Dubrinski, Dreams in the Attic (2000) Nellie, Boltneck (2000) Mrs. Stein, The 4th Floor (1999) Martha Stewart, The Hughleys (1999) Mrs. Crump, Maggie Winters (1998) Muriel,...

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Was discovered in 1970 by Brian McKay and Tommy Thompson, who spotted her at a party while scouting locations for Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970) in Houston, Texas. At the time, she was majoring in nutrition and diet therapy at South Texas Junior College and working as a cosmetics salesperson at a Foley's department store. Although she had no prior acting experience, she was casted by Altman in the film and won a three-picture contract with MGM for her performance.

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Daughter of attorney Robert R. Duvall (not the actor) and Bobbie Crawford. Sister of Stewart Duvall.

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Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in Shining (1980)

Milos Forman considered her for the role of the prostitute in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). While screening Thieves Like Us (1974) to see if she was right for the role, he became interested in Louise Fletcher, who had a supporting role, and decided to cast her as "Nurse Ratched".

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Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in Shining (1980)

Graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas in 1967. Patrick Swayze and wrestler Mark Calaway (aka The Undertaker) graduated from the same high school.

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Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in Shining (1980)

Was romantically involved with Paul Simon from 1976 to 1979. He was the one to tell her she had won Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977). She was intended to star opposite Simon in One-Trick Pony (1980), which Simon wrote as a vehicle for the two of them while they were together. He broke up with her at the airport as she was about to board a plane to London to begin filming The Shining (1980). Simon made the film with Blair Brown.

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Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall in 3 Frauen (1977)

Served as chairman for the 1987 Golden ACE committee for the National Cable Television Academy's ACE Awards.

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Shelley Duvall in Shining (1980)

Was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in December 1985 as an innovator in video programming.

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Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall in Diebe wie wir (1974)

Once lived with 11 dogs, 12 parrots, and 58 finches, budgies, and cockateels.

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Shelley Duvall and Louise Fletcher in Diebe wie wir (1974)

Played chess with Stanley Kubrick between takes on The Shining (1980).

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Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall in Diebe wie wir (1974)

Got hooked on cigarettes after having to smoke for her role in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us (1974).

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Shelley Duvall in Diebe wie wir (1974)

Turned down the role of Tracy Farrell in Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978). The role went to Pam Dawber.

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Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall in Diebe wie wir (1974)

Once owned the film rights to Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993). She was to write and star in her own adaptation of the book but the project fell through and she gave up the rights after four years, long before Gus Van Sant took over the film rights.

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Shelley Duvall in Auch Vögel können töten (1970)

A fan of Sean Connery, she was lured by Terry Gilliam into making Time Bandits (1981) under the assumption that she would be working with him. Gilliam called Duvall while she was completing work on Popeye (1980) to ask her to appear in the film. When she displayed reluctance, Gilliam, knowing her adoration of Connery, told her "Sean Connery is going to be in it", to which Duvall immediately replied, "I'll do it." As it turned out, they didn't share any scenes together. She later laughed this off, crediting Gilliam's "devilish" sense of humor.

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Bud Cort and Shelley Duvall in Auch Vögel können töten (1970)

Learned Italian to play Countess Gemini in The Portrait of a Lady (1996).

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Bud Cort and Shelley Duvall in Auch Vögel können töten (1970)

Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake that damaged her Los Angeles home, she left California and since then has lived primarily in Blanco, Texas, where she remains fairly reclusive.

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Was Robert Altman's second choice for the role of Sheila Shea in A Perfect Couple (1979). The role had been originally written for Sandy Dennis; however after Dennis left the project, it was offered to Duvall but as she had already begun production on The Shining (1980), she couldn't commit. The role went to Marta Heflin.

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Said she based her characterization of "Olive Oyl" on a combination of Stan Laurel and Mae West.

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Shelley Duvall in Popeye - Der Seemann mit dem harten Schlag (1980)

Was in France attending the 1977 Cannes Film Festival when she heard she was awarded the role of Wendy Torrence in The Shining (1980).

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Shelley Duvall and Roberta Maxwell in Popeye - Der Seemann mit dem harten Schlag (1980)

Filmmaker Robert Altman directed her in seven of his films: Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976), 3 Women (1977), and Popeye (1980).

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Shelley Duvall and Wesley Ivan Hurt in Popeye - Der Seemann mit dem harten Schlag (1980)

Was directed by six Academy Award winners: Robert Altman, Emile Ardolino, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Campion, Woody Allen, and Stanley Kubrick.

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In a 2018 interview with AV/Film, for the promotion of Suspiria (2018), Mia Goth reported that she was a big fan of Duvall's work, particularly in 3 Women (1977), The Shining (1980) and Popeye (1980).

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Steve Martin and Shelley Duvall in Roxanne (1987)

When she was a teen, she was approached to be in a porn film while out shopping at a drug store. Horrified, she turned the prospect down. The second time she was asked to be in a film, only a few years later, Duvall thought it was another seedy swindle-but it turned out to be a career-making proposal-- Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970).

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Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in Popeye - Der Seemann mit dem harten Schlag (1980)

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Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall in 3 Frauen (1977)

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Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall in 3 Frauen (1977)

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Shelley Duvall in Shining (1980)

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Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd in Shining (1980)

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Shelley Duvall and Michael Palin in Time Bandits (1981)

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Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd in Shining (1980)

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Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd in Shining (1980)

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