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Also Known As: Shelley Alexis Duvall Died:
Born: July 7, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: producer, actor

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Director Robert Altman discovered the gifted, gangly Shelley Duvall while she was attending college in Houston, TX and promptly cast her in her debut film "Brewster McCloud" (1970). She went on to make seven movies in all with Altman, from the sublimely brilliant "Nashville" (1975) and "3 Women" (1977), for which she won both a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and an L.A. Film Critic's Association Award, to the ridiculous big screen cartoon bomb "Popeye" (1980), in which she starred as Olive Oyl opposite Robin Williams. Duvall showed herself particularly adept at playing kooky waifs and characters for whom everything goes wrong, like the trusting wife of Jack Nicholson's deteriorating writer in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980). Among her many fine performances for television was her role in Joan Micklin Silver's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" for PBS' "Great American Short Story" series, considered by many the best adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald to the screen. Duvall's work as a TV producer of children's shows has nearly eclipsed her fine acting career. During the production of "Popeye", she showed Robin Williams some of her collection of antique illustrated children's books, and, picturing...

Director Robert Altman discovered the gifted, gangly Shelley Duvall while she was attending college in Houston, TX and promptly cast her in her debut film "Brewster McCloud" (1970). She went on to make seven movies in all with Altman, from the sublimely brilliant "Nashville" (1975) and "3 Women" (1977), for which she won both a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and an L.A. Film Critic's Association Award, to the ridiculous big screen cartoon bomb "Popeye" (1980), in which she starred as Olive Oyl opposite Robin Williams. Duvall showed herself particularly adept at playing kooky waifs and characters for whom everything goes wrong, like the trusting wife of Jack Nicholson's deteriorating writer in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980). Among her many fine performances for television was her role in Joan Micklin Silver's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" for PBS' "Great American Short Story" series, considered by many the best adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald to the screen.

Duvall's work as a TV producer of children's shows has nearly eclipsed her fine acting career. During the production of "Popeye", she showed Robin Williams some of her collection of antique illustrated children's books, and, picturing Williams as the perfect "Frog Prince", approached Showtime with her idea for a series based on fairy tales. She formed her own company, Platypus Productions, in 1982 and proceeded to create and executive produce two award-winning series for the cable network: "Faerie Tale Theater", comprised of 26 star-studded episodes, and "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends", nine tales of American folk heroes. In 1988, she founded Think Entertainment, a groundbreaking cable production company that produced in conjunction with Platypus her "Nightmare Classics", a one-hour anthology series adapting the works of such authors as Edgar Alan Poe, and then later "Shelly Duvall's Bedtime Stories", both again for Showtime. In addition to her long-standing relationship with Showtime, Duvall has also produced for PBS, TNT, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and the three major networks.

Duvall has somehow managed to step-up her acting career, which had never become completely extinguished but had certainly languished in the face of her producing responsibilities. The mid-90s have seen her as a guest on NBC's "Frasier" (1994) as well as in Showtime's "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" (1994) and ABC's "Aliens for Breakfast" (1995), the latter two also produced by her. As for her big screen efforts, starting with Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath" (1995), Duvall cranked out in rapid succession Lynn Roth's "Changing Habits"(1996), Jane Campion's highly evocative "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), Guy Maddin's "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs" (1997) and Stuart Gillard's "Rocket Man" (1997). Her love of music added a further dimension to her career. Not only did she record records for children, she also pioneered a new concept in music video programming for TV: "Nick Jr. Rocks", which debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991 and targeted children aged 2 to 6.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Lily (1986) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Manna From Heaven (2001) Detective Dubrinski
2.
 4th Floor, The (2000) Martha Stewart
4.
 Home Fries (1998) Mrs Jackson
5.
7.
 Changing Habits (1997) Sister Agatha
8.
 Horton Foote's Alone (1997) Estelle
9.
 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997) Amelia Glahn
10.
 Portrait of A Lady, The (1996) Countess Gemini
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Began collecting children's books at age 17
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Met director Robert Altman while working in Houston, TX
1970:
Cast by Altman in debut film, "Brewster McCloud"
1971:
Re-teamed with Altman for "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
1974:
Won critical attention for Altman's "Thieves Like Us"
1975:
Joined the ensemble of Altman's award-winning film, "Nashville"
1977:
Received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the delusional Millie Lammoreaux in Altman's "3 Women"
1977:
Cast in "Annie Hall" as Woody Allen's one-night stand
1980:
Co-starred with Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"
1980:
Played Olive Oyl, opposite Robin Williams in the title role, for Altman's big-screen adaptation of "Popeye"
1981:
Had a supporting roles in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"
1982:
Formed Platypus Productions; released first series under the Platypus banner, the award-winning "Faerie Tale Theatre" for Showtime
1984:
Starred in Tim Burton's short film, "Frankenweenie"
1985:
Created the anthology series, "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends," for Showtime; earned an Emmy nomination
1987:
Had a supporting role, opposite Steve Martin, in "Roxanne"
1988:
Founded the production company, Think Entertainment, to develop programs and made-for-TV movies for cable channels
1989:
Created her third Showtime anthology series, "Nightmare Classics," under the banner of Think Entertainment and Platypus Productions
1990:
Duvall's Think Entertainment joined forces with Universal Cartoon Studios in creating the original Showtime series, "Shelly Duvall's Bedtime Stories"; earned second Emmy nomination
1994:
Produced her fifth and final series for Showtime, "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle"
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Sold Think Entertainment and retired as a producer
1994:
Moved to Texas after her Los Angeles home was damaged in the Northridge earthquake
1996:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" as Countess Gemini
1998:
Played Drew Barrymore's mother in the big-screen comedy, "Home Fries"
1999:
Had a supporting role in the film, "The 4th Floor"
2002:
Last film to date was a small role in the independent film, "Manna from Heaven"
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Education

Waltrip High School: Houston , Texas -

Notes

Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theatre" won a Peabody Award

Duvall lives with 11 dogs, 12 parrots and 58 finches, budgies and cockateels.

She was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in December 1985 as an innovator in video programming

She served as chairman for the 1987 Golden ACE committee for the National Cable Television Academy's ACE Awards

Duvall also served as secretary of the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the National Academy of Cable Programming

She has recorded a series of children's records entitled the "Hello I'm Shelley Duvall" collection for Lou Adler's kids' label Ode to Kids; also sang three songs on Nat Kipner's "The Animal Express" record (1991)

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husband:
Bernard Sampson. Married in 1973; divorced in 1977.
companion:
Dan Gilroy. Musician.

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father:
Robert Duvall. Not related to the actor of same name.
mother:
Bobbie Ruth Duvall.

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