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Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters


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Also Known As: Died: January 14, 2006
Born: August 18, 1920 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...


In the 1940s when both were struggling actresses, Winters and Marilyn Monroe shared an apartment

She donated her 1959 Oscar to the Anne Frank Home in Amsterdam.

In her memoirs, Winters recounts her many love affairs, including those with Errol Flynn, Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Adlai Stevenson, Sean Connery and William Holden, among others

"She is eccentric, highly gifted, unique, unusual, creative--and off-the-wall. Working with Shelley is extraordinarily challenging. She is extremely difficult to work with. I found that not to be helpful for my work. She said I was better because she was difficult. I say it would have been easier or better for my health to have had a little less turmoil on the set." --Debbie Reynolds, co-star of "What's the Matter With Helen?", quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 9, 1995

"I think that because Shelley was a pretty, zaftig blonde and worked in the era of where those movie role proliferated, she played a lot of not-so-birght roles, victims and floozies--and yet somehow, you always knew that there was a strength there. She never seemed to feel she had to adopt a masculine style in order to show that she was strong." --Gloria Steinem quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 9, 1995

"I'll tell you, I'm a little confused about why there;s all this interest in me. In 'Mrs. Doubtfire', Robin Williams says he wants to get older, and Harvey Fierstein says 'Like Shirley MacLaine or Shelley Winters?' Then, in 'The Adventures of Prsicilla, Queen of the Desert'. one of those men says ,'Take that off. Who do you think you are, Shelley Winters?' [Laughs] Now, I haven't been a babe for a long time, you know. And there's a wonderful picture called 'Swimming With Sharks'; under the titles, this agent trying to tell these young producers who I am, trying to get me a part. Nothing was really insulting, except one of them said I looked older, but I think I prefer to look older than have things operated on. . . . Why, all of a sudden am I public domain. I mean, I've been here all the time!" --Shelley Winters in INTERVIEW, May 1966

"The ONLY love scene I ever tried to do was in 'Lolita' with James Mason. I had to lower my robe and snuggle up to him in bed. I couldn't do it. I knocked him out of bed and broke his glasses." --Winters in PREMIERE, January 1995

"I've got four Oscar nominations and two Oscars, and guess what? Peole know me from 'Roseanne', where I play her grandmother." --Winters to PEOPLE, December 16, 1996

Winters was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Hollywood Film Festival in August 1998.

She was quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES in July 1998 as admitting she had been lying about her age for years and that in reality she was born in 1920 not 1922 as all the record books list.

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