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Remembering the Legacy of Shelley Duvall: Iconic Actress and Altman Collaborator



Shelley Duvall, the beloved actress known for her memorable roles in a range of films, including collaborations with renowned filmmakers like Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick, has passed away at the age of 75 at her home in Blanco, Texas. Her partner Dan Gilroy confirmed her death, citing complications from diabetes as the cause.

Beginning her career in cinema with Altman’s ‘Brewster McCloud’ after a chance encounter at a party, Duvall quickly became a key figure in the Altman filmography, appearing in acclaimed movies like ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller,’ ‘Thieves Like Us,’ and ‘Nashville.’ She later gained widespread recognition for her roles in ‘The Shining‘ alongside Jack Nicholson and ‘Popeye‘ with Robin Williams.

Having won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in ‘3 Women,’ Duvall’s talent and versatility as an actress were widely celebrated. Her unique on-screen presence, described by critic Pauline Kael as akin to a ‘female Buster Keaton,’ set her apart in the industry.

Despite achieving immense success in the 1970s and 1980s, Duvall made a gradual exit from the spotlight in the following decades, with her final film appearance in ‘The Forest Hills‘ in 2023 marking a return after a 20-year hiatus. Colleagues and collaborators remember her as a radiant and kind individual, with director Scott Goldberg praising her work ethic and performance.

Rachel Adams

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