Jul. 7th, 1949
Houston, Texas, USA
Shelley Duvall's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2000 - Big Monster on Campus
1998 - Home Fries
1997 - RocketMan
1996 - The Portrait of a Lady
1991 - Suburban Commando
1987 - Roxanne
1984 - Frankenweenie
1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1981 - Time Bandits
1980 - The Shining
1980 - Popeye
1977 - Annie Hall
1977 - 3 Women
1976 - Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
1975 - Nashville
1974 - Thieves Like Us
1971 - McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Guest TV Roles
Margaret (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
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- 'Pauline Kael' (qv) once referred to her as "The Female Buster Keaton.".
- Played chess with 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) between takes on _The Shining (1980)_ (qv).
- Was "discovered" in 1970 by 'Brian McKay (III)' (qv) and 'Tommy Thompson (III)' (qv), who spotted her at a party while scouting locations for 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv)'s _Brewster McCloud (1970)_ (qv) in Houston, Texas. At the time, she was majoring in nutrition and diet therapy at South Texas Junior College and working as a cosmetics salesperson in a Foley's department store. Although she had no prior acting experience, she was casted by Altman in the film and won a three-picture contract with MGM for her performance.
- Served as secretary of the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the National Academy of Cable Programming.
- 'Milos Forman' (qv) considered her for the role of the prostitute in _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)_ (qv). While screening _Thieves Like Us (1974)_ (qv) to see if she was right for the role, he became interested in 'Louise Fletcher' (qv), who had a supporting role, and decided to cast her as "Nurse Ratched".
- Was romantically involved with Paul Simon from 1976 to 1979. He was the one to tell her she had won Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Robert Altman's _3 Women (1977)_ (qv). He broke up with her at the airport as she was about to board a plane to London to begin filming _The Shining (1980)_ (qv).
- Once lived with 11 dogs, 12 parrots, and 58 finches, budgies, and cockateels.
- Served as chairman for the 1987 Golden ACE committee for the National Cable Television Academy's ACE Awards.