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11th Jul 2024

The Shining actress Shelley Duvall has died aged 75

Simon Kelly


Shelley Duvall, best known for playing Wendy Torrance in the iconic horror The Shining, has passed away aged 75.

Duvall died in her sleep of complications from diabetes at her home in Blanco, Texas, Dan Gilroy, her life partner since 1989, 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,” Gilroy said.

The actress was known for her portrayal of distinctive, often eccentric characters and received several accolades, including a Cannes Film Festival Award, Peabody Award and nominations for a British Academy Film Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards.

Born in Texas in 1949, Duvall was discovered by director Robert Altman, who cast her in the black comedy film Brewster McCloud (1970) and continued to work with him on films like McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974) and Nashville (1975), which earned her widespread acclaim.

She also appeared in a supporting role in Woody Allen’s comedy Annie Hall and hosted Saturday Night Live.


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