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“The Shining” actress dies at 75

“The Shining” actress dies at 75

Shelley Duvall, the actress best known from “The Shining,” has died. She was 75 years old.

According to her longtime partner Dan Gilroy, Duvall died in her sleep from complications of diabetes at her home in Texas.


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“My dear, sweet, wonderful partner and friend has left us. She has suffered too much lately, now she is free. Fly away, beautiful Shelley,” Gilroy told the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

Duvall was born and raised in Texas. In 1970, she met director Robert Altman at a party and he asked her if she wanted to star in his film “Brewster McCloud.” This was her very first film role.

“I just got on a plane and did it. I was completely overwhelmed,” she said in an earlier interview.

Duvall appeared in other films directed by Altman, including McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us, Nashville, Buffalo Bill and the Indians or: Sitting Bull’s History Lesson, and Three Women.

In a 1977 interview with The New York Times, she spoke about her collaboration with Altman (who died in 2006). “He offers me damn good roles. None of them were the same. He has great faith in me and he has confidence and respect for me, and he doesn’t put any restrictions on me or intimidate me, and I love him,” she said.

Duvall also appeared in “Annie Hall” directed by Woody Allen in 1977.

Her biggest role was in Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror film “The Shining” in 1980.

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