Jul. 7th, 1949
Houston, Texas, USA
Shelley Duvall's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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- Sister of 'Stewart Duvall' (qv).
- '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 "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.
- Got hooked on cigarettes after having to smoke for her role in Robert Altman's _Thieves Like Us (1974)_ (qv).
- Graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas in 1967. 'Patrick Swayze' (qv) and wrestler 'Mark Calaway' (qv) (aka The Undertaker) graduated from the same high school.
- Played chess with 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) between takes on _The Shining (1980)_ (qv).
- Once lived with 11 dogs, 12 parrots, and 58 finches, budgies, and cockateels.
- Served as secretary of the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the National Academy of Cable Programming.