Began collecting children's books at age 17
Met director Robert Altman while working in Houston, TX
Cast by Altman in debut film, "Brewster McCloud"
Re-teamed with Altman for "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
Won critical attention for Altman's "Thieves Like Us"
Joined the ensemble of Altman's award-winning film, "Nashville"
Received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the delusional Millie Lammoreaux in Altman's "3 Women"
Cast in "Annie Hall" as Woody Allen's one-night stand
Co-starred with Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"
Played Olive Oyl, opposite Robin Williams in the title role, for Altman's big-screen adaptation of "Popeye"
Had a supporting roles in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"
Formed Platypus Productions; released first series under the Platypus banner, the award-winning "Faerie Tale Theatre" for Showtime
Starred in Tim Burton's short film, "Frankenweenie"
Created the anthology series, "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends," for Showtime; earned an Emmy nomination
Had a supporting role, opposite Steve Martin, in "Roxanne"
Founded the production company, Think Entertainment, to develop programs and made-for-TV movies for cable channels
Created her third Showtime anthology series, "Nightmare Classics," under the banner of Think Entertainment and Platypus Productions
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
Produced her fifth and final series for Showtime, "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle"
Sold Think Entertainment and retired as a producer
Moved to Texas after her Los Angeles home was damaged in the Northridge earthquake
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" as Countess Gemini
Played Drew Barrymore's mother in the big-screen comedy, "Home Fries"
Had a supporting role in the film, "The 4th Floor"
Last film to date was a small role in the independent film, "Manna from Heaven"