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Houston, Texas, USA
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Olive Oyl in Popeye; The Shining
Actor/Actress, Producer, Music Department
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Shelley Alexis Duvall (born July 7, 1949) is an American film and television actress. She began her career in the 1970s films of Robert Altman, followed by roles in movies by Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. Duvall was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of real estate broker Bobbie Ruth Jaz Crawford (née Massengale) and defense attorney Robert Richardson Duvall. She has three brothers, Scott, Shane, and Stewart. A graduate of Houston`s Waltrip High School, she was working as a cosmetics salesperson at Foley`s in Houston when she was discovered at a party by production scouts for Altman`s Brewster McCloud (1970). Duvall`s debut was portraying the free-spirited love interest to Bud Cort`s reclusive Brewster in Brewster McCloud. Altman was so impressed with Duvall that he cast her in his next films, including McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974) and Nashville (1975). In 1977, Duvall was awarded a Best Actress by the Cannes Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her portrayal of the delusional Millie Lammoreaux in Altman`s 3 Women. That same year, she appeared in Annie Hall as Woody Allen`s one-night stand, and she hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Duvall`s next role was Wendy Torrance opposite Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick`s The Shining (1980). Jack Nicholson states in the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures that Kubrick was great to work with but that he was "a different director" with Duvall. Perhaps the most notorious example of this was Kubrick`s insistence that she perform 127 takes of the baseball bat scene, which broke a world-record for the most retakes of a single movie scene with spoken dialogue. Duvall said she learned more from working with Kubrick on The Shining than she did on all her previous films. In January 1979, Altman offered her the role he believed she was born to play: Olive Oyl in the big-screen adaptation of Popeye. Duvall was initially reluctant to accept the role due to negative memories of being called "Olive Oyl" as a child but went on to accept it in stride. Following the success of The Shining and Popeye, Duvall had supporting roles in Terry Gilliam`s Time Bandits (1981), Tim Burton`s Frankenweenie (1984) and the Steve Martin comedy Roxanne (1987). Duvall continued to make film and television appearances throughout the 1990s. In 1998, she played Drew Barrymore`s mother in the big-screen comedy Home Fries and Hilary Duff`s aunt in the direct-to-video children`s film Casper Meets Wendy. She returned to the horror genre with Tale of the Mummy (1998), The 4th Floor (1999) and the horror-comedy Boltneck (2000).
After her Los Angeles home was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Duvall left California and since then has lived primarily in Blanco, Texas. She recently made a standing-room-only appearance at a library in Texas. Her friend in Blanco, Jeannie Ralston (The Unlikely Lavender Queen), calls her "reclusive".
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Stephen Pool Waltrip High School, Houston, TX (1967)
Nutrition, South Texas Junior College
Full Name at Birth
Shelley Alexis Duvall
Robert Duvall (not the actor)
Scott Duvall, Shane Duvall, Stuart Duvall
Shelley Alexis Duvall (born July 7, 1949) is an American actress, producer, writer, singer, and voice artist. She began her career in various Robert Altman films in the 1970s, including Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), and 3 Women (1977), which won her the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress. Duvall had a supporting role in Annie Hall (1977) before starring in lead roles in Popeye (1980) and The Shining (1980).
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