Shelley Duvall: The Shining actress dies aged 75 | Ents & Arts News

Shelley Duvall, the actress best known for her performance in The Shining, has died at the age of 75.

She died in her sleep from complications of diabetes at her home in Blanco, Texas, her partner told The Hollywood Reporter.

“My dear, sweet, wonderful life partner and friend left us. Too much suffering lately, now she’s free. Fly away, beautiful Shelley,” Dan Gilroy said.

Duvall was attending junior college in Texas when she encountered staff members of the filmmaker Robert Altman at a party in Houston in 1970.

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'The Shining' - Shelley Duvall, 1980

Shelley Duvall starred alongside Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Pic: Everett/Shutterstock

She was cast in Brewster McCloud and went on to become his protege. The pair worked together on seven of his films in total, including Popeye, in which she starred as Olive Oyl alongside Robin Williams.

Duvall gained widespread recognition Altman movies such as Nashville and 3 Women – with the latter earning her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. She also starred in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.

But it is her iconic performance as a terror-stricken wife and mother in classic 1980 horror The Shining for which she is best known, playing tormented Wendy Torrance alongside the axe-wielding Jack Nicholson in the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

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Popeye - 1980
Shelley Duvall, Robin Williams

Opposite Robin Williams in Popeye. Pic: Walt Disney/Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock

Popeye – 1980
Shelley Duvall, Robin Williams


In the late 1980s and ’90s, Duvall expanded into production and as the creator of the children’s television series Faerie Tale Theatre – for which she received a Peabody Award, a Golden CableAce Award, and the Television Critic Association’s outstanding achievement in children’s programming.

She was also the creator of children’s series Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales & Legends.

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