Shelley Duvall Biography | Bio
Shelley Duvall is an Actress, producer, writer, and singer. Duvall has served as chairman for the 1987 Golden ACE committee for the National Cable Television Academy’s ACE Awards. She has won awards like LAFCA Award for Best Actress and Peabody Award.
Shelley Duvall Age | Birthday
Duvall was born in the year 1949, she celebrates her birthday on the 7th of July. She is 69 years old as of 2018 and her birth sign is Gemini.
Shelley Duvall Family
The American singer and actress was born to his parents as Shelley Alexis Duvall in Houston, Texas in the United States of America. Her mother was named Bobbie Ruth Crawford and she was a real estate broker from the year 1929 to 2007. Robert Richardson “Bobby” Duvall was her father and worked as a lawyer from 1919 to 1995.
Duvall is related to three brothers namely; Scott Duvall, Shane Duvall, and Stewart Duvall. Little Shelley was very artistic with lots of energy, eventually earning the nickname “Manic Mouse” from her mother.
Shelley Duvall Education
In 1967, Shelley graduated from Waltrip high school and later joined the South Texas Junior College where she studied and graduated from.
Shelley Duvall Marriage | Husband
The actress got married to Bernard Sampson in the year 1970, unfortunately, the marriage did not work and the two decided to get a divorce in the year 1974. Later, Shelley got into another relationship with Paul Simon in the year 1976 but they separated in the year 1978.
Shelley Duvall Career
Robert Altman offered Duvall, Robert Altman would offer Duvall a role in one of his films in January of 1979. Only the role was a certain role that Altman believed she was born to play. That certain role was “Olive Oyl” in the real-life version of Popeye.
Duvall was reluctant at first on accepting the role, due to bad memories as a child of negatively being called “Olive Oyl” in grade school. Fortunately, she decided to take the role and performed admirably. Shelley also sings several songs in this film. Her most famous films are “He’s Large” and “He Needs Me” which also appeared in the film Punch Drunk Love.
The actress appeared as a supporting actress in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits in 1981; she played “Susan Frankenstein” in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (1984), and co-starred in the hit comedy film Roxanne in 1987 starring Steve Martin. From 1982 to 1986, Shelley continued her filming career but from a different aspect.
Since Shelley was 17, she had a collection of a variety of illustrated classic fairy tale books. During the making of Popeye, she showed her collection to Robin Williams. One particular fairy tale she showed Robin was “The Frog Prince”. Picturing Robin as the real-life Frog Prince, Shelley created Platypus Productions, her own production company.
Shelley went to Showtime with the idea of airing a television program that was based on fairy tales. Furthermore, she produced Fairy Tale Theater which Showtime aired that was a hit television series that was based on several classic fairy tales. Fairy Tale Theatre was on television from 1982-1987. Each episode was a one-hour series and there were a total of twenty-six episodes, all hosted by Shelley Duvall. Shelley also starred in four out of the twenty-six episodes.
In 1985, Duvall created Tall Tales and Legends that was aired for three years until it ended in 1988. Similar to Fairy Tale Theatre, Tall Tales and Legends was also a one-hour series hosted, produced, and guest starred by Duvall. Although it only consisted of nine episodes, Shelley was nominated for an Emmy from the series.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she discovered Think Entertainment; another production company which helped Shelley create more programs and movies that were made for television that aired on common cable channels. Then she produced three more programs from these production companies that aired on Showtime: Nightmare Classics, Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Her Bedtime Stories program earned her a 2nd Emmy Nomination. Shelley sold Think Entertainment in 1993 and retired as a producer.
Furthermore, her career found her a number of different roles. She appeared in the family comedy Home Fries in 1998 playing “Mrs. Jackson”, Drew Barrymore’s character’s mother. Other comedic films Shelley appeared in were Suburban Commando in 1991, and Changing Habits in 1997.
Additionally, the singer and actress also had cameos in several TV series’ such as: Frasier, L.A. Law, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Wishbone, and several others. Shelley went back to the horror genre when she played “Martha Stewart” in The 4th Floor in 1999 and played the role of “Mrs. Stein” in Big Monster On Campus in 2000; which consisted of both the comedy and horror genre.
Shelley Duvall Discography
- Hello, I’m Shelley Duvall…Merry Christmas-1991
- Hello, I’m Shelley Duvall…Sweet Dreams-1991
Shelley Duvall Awards
- LAFCA Award for Best Actress (won)
- NSFC Award for Best Actress (nominee)
- NYFCC Award for Best Actress (nominee)
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress (nominee)
- Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (won)
- Razzie Award (nominee)
- Peabody Award (won)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program (nominee)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) (nominee)
- Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series (nominee)
Shelley Duvall Net Worth
Shelley enjoys a net worth of 2 million dollars which she earns through her professional career.
Shelley Duvall Height
- Height: 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
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