Shelley Duvall

Actor, Producer
Director Robert Altman discovered the gifted, gangly Shelley Duvall while she was attending college in Houston, TX and promptly cast her in her debut film "Brewster McCloud" (1970). She went on to make seven movies in ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1949 in Houston, Texas, USA


Actor (52)

Manna From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Detective Dubrinski (Actor)

The 4th Floor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


L.A. Law 1976 - 1977, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The Hughleys 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The Reel to Reel Picture Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Casper Meets Wendy 1998 (Movie)


Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

Mrs. Jackson (Actor)

Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)


Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)


Changing Habits 1997 (Movie)

Sister Agatha (Actor)

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 1997 (Movie)

Amelia Glahn (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Countess Gemini (Actor)

Aliens For Breakfast 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)


The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

Night Nurse (Actor)

The 20th International Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Together For Our Children -- M.U.S.I.C. 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Frogs! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


An American Saturday Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Suburban Commando 1991 (Movie)

Jenny Wilcox (Actor)

The Chipmunks Rockin' Through the Decades 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 9th Annual ACE Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)


Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

Dixie (Actor)

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Lily 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Frankenweenie 1984 (Movie)


Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

Pansy (Actor)

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Olive Oyl (Actor)

The Shining 1980 (Movie)

Wendy Torrance (Actor)

Annie Hall 1977 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

Three Women 1976 (Movie)

Millie Lammoreaux (Actor)

Nashville 1975 (Movie)

LA Joan (Actor)

Thieves Like Us 1974 (Movie)

Keechie (Actor)

Un Homme Qui Dort 1973 (Movie)

(English dubbed version) (Voice)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971 (Movie)

Ida Coyle (Actor)

Brewster McCloud 1970 (Movie)


Boltneck (TV Show)


Booker (TV Show)


Darlin' Clementine (TV Show)


Frog (TV Show)


Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Producer (22)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nick Jr. Rocks 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stories From Growing Up 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carmilla 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dinner at Eight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Eyes of the Panther 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Davy Crockett 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dancing Princess 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

John Henry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ponce De Leon and the Search For the Fountain of Youth 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Little Mermaid 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Annie Oakley 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Casey at the Bat 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pecos Bill, King of the Cowboys 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Emperor's New Clothes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Princess Who Had Never Laughed 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Backfield in Motion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Turn of the Screw (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Music
Writer (1)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)



Director Robert Altman discovered the gifted, gangly Shelley Duvall while she was attending college in Houston, TX and promptly cast her in her debut film "Brewster McCloud" (1970). She went on to make seven movies in all with Altman, from the sublimely brilliant "Nashville" (1975) and "3 Women" (1977), for which she won both a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and an L.A. Film Critic's Association Award, to the ridiculous big screen cartoon bomb "Popeye" (1980), in which she starred as Olive Oyl opposite Robin Williams. Duvall showed herself particularly adept at playing kooky waifs and characters for whom everything goes wrong, like the trusting wife of Jack Nicholson's deteriorating writer in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980). Among her many fine performances for television was her role in Joan Micklin Silver's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" for PBS' "Great American Short Story" series, considered by many the best adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald to the screen.

Duvall's work as a TV producer of children's shows has nearly eclipsed her fine acting career. During the production of "Popeye", she showed Robin Williams some of her collection of antique illustrated children's books, and, picturing Williams as the perfect "Frog Prince", approached Showtime with her idea for a series based on fairy tales. She formed her own company, Platypus Productions, in 1982 and proceeded to create and executive produce two award-winning series for the cable network: "Faerie Tale Theater", comprised of 26 star-studded episodes, and "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends", nine tales of American folk heroes. In 1988, she founded Think Entertainment, a groundbreaking cable production company that produced in conjunction with Platypus her "Nightmare Classics", a one-hour anthology series adapting the works of such authors as Edgar Alan Poe, and then later "Shelly Duvall's Bedtime Stories", both again for Showtime. In addition to her long-standing relationship with Showtime, Duvall has also produced for PBS, TNT, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and the three major networks.

Duvall has somehow managed to step-up her acting career, which had never become completely extinguished but had certainly languished in the face of her producing responsibilities. The mid-90s have seen her as a guest on NBC's "Frasier" (1994) as well as in Showtime's "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" (1994) and ABC's "Aliens for Breakfast" (1995), the latter two also produced by her. As for her big screen efforts, starting with Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath" (1995), Duvall cranked out in rapid succession Lynn Roth's "Changing Habits"(1996), Jane Campion's highly evocative "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), Guy Maddin's "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs" (1997) and Stuart Gillard's "Rocket Man" (1997). Her love of music added a further dimension to her career. Not only did she record records for children, she also pioneered a new concept in music video programming for TV: "Nick Jr. Rocks", which debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991 and targeted children aged 2 to 6.


Bobbie Ruth Duvall


Stewart Duvall Foley Artist


Scott Duvall Camera Utility


Shane Duvall


Dan Gilroy


Bernard Sampson

Married from 1973-1977


Waltrip High School

Houston , Texas



Last film to date was a small role in the independent film, "Manna from Heaven"


Had a supporting role in the film, "The 4th Floor"


Played Drew Barrymore's mother in the big-screen comedy, "Home Fries"


Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" as Countess Gemini


Moved to Texas after her Los Angeles home was damaged in the Northridge earthquake


Produced her fifth and final series for Showtime, "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle"


Duvall's Think Entertainment joined forces with Universal Cartoon Studios in creating the original Showtime series, "Shelly Duvall's Bedtime Stories"; earned second Emmy nomination


Created her third Showtime anthology series, "Nightmare Classics," under the banner of Think Entertainment and Platypus Productions


Founded the production company, Think Entertainment, to develop programs and made-for-TV movies for cable channels


Had a supporting role, opposite Steve Martin, in "Roxanne"


Created the anthology series, "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends," for Showtime; earned an Emmy nomination


Starred in Tim Burton's short film, "Frankenweenie"


Formed Platypus Productions; released first series under the Platypus banner, the award-winning "Faerie Tale Theatre" for Showtime


Had a supporting roles in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"


Co-starred with Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"


Played Olive Oyl, opposite Robin Williams in the title role, for Altman's big-screen adaptation of "Popeye"


Cast in "Annie Hall" as Woody Allen's one-night stand


Received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the delusional Millie Lammoreaux in Altman's "3 Women"


Joined the ensemble of Altman's award-winning film, "Nashville"


Won critical attention for Altman's "Thieves Like Us"


Re-teamed with Altman for "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"


Cast by Altman in debut film, "Brewster McCloud"

Sold Think Entertainment and retired as a producer

Met director Robert Altman while working in Houston, TX

Began collecting children's books at age 17

Bonus Trivia


She was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in December 1985 as an innovator in video programming.


Duvall served as secretary of the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the National Academy of Cable Programming.


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