Adrienne Shelly

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Adrienne Shelly was an actress skeptical of her own ambitions and motivations prior to becoming a burgeoning filmmaker whose life was cut short by murder. Her talents both as an actress and as a director were admired by ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1966 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Waitress 2007 (Movie)

Dawn (Actor)

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Revolution #9 2002 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Dead Dog 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Marquet (Actor)

Rock the Boat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wrestling With Alligators 2000 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

I'll Take You There 1998 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Oz 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grind 1997 (Movie)

Janey (Actor)

Sudden Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Roadflower 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kalamazoo 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sleep With Me 1994 (Movie)

Pamela (Actor)

Sleeping With Strangers 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Teresa's Tattoo 1994 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Hexed 1993 (Movie)

Gloria O'Connor (Actor)

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me 1993 (Movie)

Dannie (Actor)

Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even 1992 (Movie)

Stephanie Miller (Actor)

Lonely in America 1991 (Movie)

Woman in Laundromat (Actor)

Trust 1991 (Movie)

Maria Coughlin (Actor)

The Unbelievable Truth 1990 (Movie)

Audry Hugo (Actor)

Rock the Boat (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Waitress 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

I'll Take You There 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Lois Lives a Little 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Sudden Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Urban Legend 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Serious Moonlight 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Waitress 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'll Take You There 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sudden Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Urban Legend 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Revolution #9 2002 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (1)

Serious Moonlight 2009 (Movie)

("The Coconut Song") (Song)

Biography

Adrienne Shelly was an actress skeptical of her own ambitions and motivations prior to becoming a burgeoning filmmaker whose life was cut short by murder. Her talents both as an actress and as a director were admired by critics and film lovers, but remained largely unknown to the masses even after her untimely death. Hal Hartley, that unique directing talent whose quirky, philosophical films developed a strong cult following, made Shelly his personal muse in such notable indie hits as "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989) and "Trust" (1990). She eschewed the glitter of Hollywood for the grit of independent film, developing strong feelings about the objectification of women onscreen and believing that women belonged behind the camera as well as in front. With her last directing effort, a bittersweet comedy called "Waitress," which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival amidst sobs and cheers, Shelly left behind a message of hope and redemption, despite her own hopes being callously and senselessly ended.

Relationships

Howie

Step-Father

Sheldon Levine

Father
Deceased

Elaine Levine

Mother
Remarried

Jeff Levine

Brother
Older

Mark Levine

Brother
Born c. 1974

Andy Ostroy Actor

Husband
Chairman and CEO of the marketing firm Belardi/Ostroy ALC

Sophie Ostroy Actor

Daughter
Born in 2003 father, Andy Ostroy

EDUCATION

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Left school after recovering from second bout with Bell's Palsy

Jericho High School

Jericho, New York

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Left school after recovering from second bout with Bell's Palsy

Studied acting Richard Niles

Milestones

2007

Wrote, directed and co-starred in the indie, "Waitress" starring Keri Russell as a southern waitress trapped in an unhappy marriage; film released after her death; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Screenplay

2006

Co-starred with Matt Dillon in "Factotum" a film based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski

2002

Co-starred in the thriller feature "Revolution #9"

2001

Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production "Paradise Island"

1999

Wrote and directed second feature "I'll Take You There"; had supporting role and co-wrote song for film

1997

Helmed 30-minute "Lois Lives a Little," broadcast as part of Lifetime Network's program "The Lifetime Television Film Festival"

1996

Feature writing and directing debut, "Sudden Manhattan"; also starred

1996

Made film directing debut with the 26-minute "Urban Legend"; also wrote screenplay

1996

Appeared in episode of CBS' supernatural fantasy series "Early Edition"

1994

TV debut as leather enthusiast in episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1993

Acted at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York in the production, "Food"

1990

Played the lead in second Hartley film "Trust"

1989

Made screen debut in Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth"

Second occurence of Bell's Palsy during junior year at Boston University interrupted her education

Co-founded Missing Children, a non-profit theater company; served as artistic director, actress; wrote original play "Verbatim"

First incidence of Bell's Palsy at age 15 lasted a month

Raised on Long Island, New York

Left college to move to NYC to pursue acting

Bonus Trivia

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About her role in "Sudden Manhattan": "Donna is definitely an exaggerated version of me in my twenties. Back then I was living like her character; scouring the underbelly of Manhattan, floating in my own fantasy world, getting entangled in bad relationships. As Lily Tomlin says, I was 'searching for signs of intelligent life in the universe.'" - Adrienne Shelley to The Independent, January-February 1997

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Her surname is sometimes spelled Shelley in TV and film credits.

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On Nov. 1, 2006, Shelly's husband found her hanging by a bedsheet, from a shower rod in the bathtub of her West Village office/apartment, in what at first appeared to be a suicide; a few days later police arrested construction worker Diego Pillco, a 19-year-old illegal immigrant who confessed to killing Shelly after she complained about the noise he was making in the apartment below hers.

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