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Also Known As: Adrienne Levine Died: November 1, 2006
Born: June 16, 1966 Cause of Death: murdered
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, playwright, artistic director, director, model, songwriter

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Adrienne Shelly was an actress skeptical of her own ambitions and motivations prior to becoming a burgeoning filmmaker whose life was cut short by murder. Her talents both as an actress and as a director were admired by critics and film lovers, but remained largely unknown to the masses even after her untimely death. Hal Hartley, that unique directing talent whose quirky, philosophical films developed a strong cult following, made Shelly his personal muse in such notable indie hits as "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989) and "Trust" (1990). She eschewed the glitter of Hollywood for the grit of independent film, developing strong feelings about the objectification of women onscreen and believing that women belonged behind the camera as well as in front. With her last directing effort, a bittersweet comedy called "Waitress," which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival amidst sobs and cheers, Shelly left behind a message of hope and redemption, despite her own hopes being callously and senselessly ended.

Adrienne Shelly was an actress skeptical of her own ambitions and motivations prior to becoming a burgeoning filmmaker whose life was cut short by murder. Her talents both as an actress and as a director were admired by critics and film lovers, but remained largely unknown to the masses even after her untimely death. Hal Hartley, that unique directing talent whose quirky, philosophical films developed a strong cult following, made Shelly his personal muse in such notable indie hits as "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989) and "Trust" (1990). She eschewed the glitter of Hollywood for the grit of independent film, developing strong feelings about the objectification of women onscreen and believing that women belonged behind the camera as well as in front. With her last directing effort, a bittersweet comedy called "Waitress," which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival amidst sobs and cheers, Shelly left behind a message of hope and redemption, despite her own hopes being callously and senselessly ended.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Waitress (2007)
2.
  I'll Take You There (1999) Director
3.
  Sudden Manhattan (1996) Director
4.
  Urban Legend (1996) Director
5.
  Lois Lives a Little (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Waitress (2007)
2.
 Factotum (2005) Cast
4.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
5.
 Dead Dog (2001)
6.
 Rock the Boat (2001)
7.
 Revolution #9 (2001) Kim
8.
 I'll Take You There (1999) Lucy
9.
10.
 Grind (1996) Janey
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Raised on Long Island, New York
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First incidence of Bell's Palsy at age 15 lasted a month
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Second occurence of Bell's Palsy during junior year at Boston University interrupted her education
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Left college to move to NYC to pursue acting
1989:
Made screen debut in Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth"
1990:
Played the lead in second Hartley film "Trust"
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Co-founded Missing Children, a non-profit theater company; served as artistic director, actress; wrote original play "Verbatim"
1993:
Acted at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York in the production, "Food"
1994:
TV debut as leather enthusiast in episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1996:
Made film directing debut with the 26-minute "Urban Legend"; also wrote screenplay
1996:
Feature writing and directing debut, "Sudden Manhattan"; also starred
1996:
Appeared in episode of CBS' supernatural fantasy series "Early Edition"
1997:
Helmed 30-minute "Lois Lives a Little," broadcast as part of Lifetime Network's program "The Lifetime Television Film Festival"
1999:
Wrote and directed second feature "I'll Take You There"; had supporting role and co-wrote song for film
2001:
Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production "Paradise Island"
2002:
Co-starred in the thriller feature "Revolution #9"
2006:
Co-starred with Matt Dillon in "Factotum" a film based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski
2007:
Wrote, directed and co-starred in the indie, "Waitress" starring Keri Russell as a southern waitress trapped in an unhappy marriage; film released after her death; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Screenplay
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Education

Jericho High School: Jericho , New York -
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

Her surname is sometimes spelled Shelley in TV and film credits.

"I'm not a movie star--I'm an actress. I've been in a couple of movies, but sometimes I do think about what it would be like to leave the business. I think to myself that anytime it got tough, if I found myself just really unhappy, I would leave. I think about all the other lives I could be leading, and it makes me less, um, demented. It makes me more secure to think I could be happy doing other things. So I don't let myself get driven crazy about anything, which is why I think I'd be able to turn down a role that I thought was bad for women, because in that sense I think I'm pretty clear." --Adrienne Shelly to Interview in 1991

About her role in "Sudden Manhattan": "Donna is definitely an exaggerated version of me in my twenties. Back then I was living like her character--scouring the underbelly of Manhattan, floating in my own fantasy world, getting entangled in bad relationships. As Lily Tomlin says, I was 'searching for signs of intelligent life in the universe.'" --Adrienne Shelley to The Independent, January-February 1997

Family close complete family listing

father:
Sheldon Levine. Deceased.
mother:
Elaine Levine. Remarried.
step-father:
Howie.
brother:
Jeff Levine. Attorney. Older.
brother:
Mark Levine. Born c. 1974.
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