Shelley Duvall Net Worth

Shelley Duvall Net Worth is
$5 Million

Shelley Duvall Bio/Wiki 2017

Shelley Duvall Net Worth $5 Million

American TV and movie actress Shelley Duvall comes with an estimated net worth of $5 million. She appeared in numerous 1970s movies, including Brewster McCloud, Nashville, 3 Women, and Thieves Like Us. Exactly the same character got her a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress. Before starring in lead parts to the 1980 films The Shining and Popeye, Duvall performed a character in Annie Hall. She was likewise a component of the casts of Time Bandits, The Portrait of a Lady, and Frankenweenie by Tim Burton.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameShelley Duvall
Date Of BirthJuly 7, 1949
Height1.73 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor, Singer
EducationSouth Texas Junior College, Waltrip High School
SpouseBernard Sampson
ParentsRobert Richardson Duvall, Bobbie Ruth Crawford
SiblingsStewart Duvall, Shane Duvall, Scott Duvall
AwardsCannes Best Actress Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
MoviesThe Shining, Popeye, 3 Women, Annie Hall, Brewster McCloud, Thieves Like Us, Nashville, Time Bandits, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Roxanne, Suburban Commando, The Portrait of a Lady, Manna from Heaven, The 4th Floor, Frankenweenie, Home Fries, Casper Meets Wendy, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, The Underneath, Boltneck, Tale of the Mummy, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, My Teacher Ate My Homework, Changing Habits, Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures, The Shining Forwards and Backwards, Alone, Dreams in the Attic, Twilight Theater, Frogs!
TV ShowsAdventures from the Book of Virtues, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, Maggie Winters, Wishbone, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Nightmare Classics, Faerie Tale Theatre, Tall Tales & Legends

Interesting Facts

1Was directed by six Academy Award winners: Robert Altman, Emile Ardolino, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Campion, Woody Allen, and Stanley Kubrick.
2Filmmaker Robert Altman cast her in seven films.
3Residing in and around Blanco, Texas since 1994. [2009]
4Guest of honor at the International Children's Film Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. [1997]
5Was in France, attending the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, when she heard she'd gotten the role of Wendy Torrence in The Shining (1980).
6Named after "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley.
7Said she based her characterization of "Olive Oyl" on a combination of Stan Laurel and Mae West.
8Was Robert Altman's second choice for the role of "Sheila Shea" in A Perfect Couple (1979), the role having been originally written for Sandy Dennis. However, when Dennis left the project, Altman offered it to Duvall, but as she had already begun production on The Shining (1980), she couldn't commit. The role ultimately went to Marta Heflin.
9At director Stanley Kubrick's insistence, she and Jack Nicholson performed 127 takes of the baseball bat scene in The Shining (1980), which broke a world-record for the most retakes of a single movie scene with spoken dialogue. Shelley said she learned more from working with Kubrick on that film than she did on all her previous films.
10Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake that damaged her Los Angeles home, she left California and since then has lived primarily in Blanco, Texas, where she remains fairly reclusive.
11Was Guy Maddin's only choice for the role of "Amelia Glahn" in Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997).
12Learned Italian to play "Countess Gemini" in The Portrait of a Lady (1996).
13Is a huge fan of Sean Connery, and was lured by Terry Gilliam into making Time Bandits (1981) under the assumption that she would be working with him. Gilliam called Duvall while she was completing work on Popeye (1980) to ask her to appear in the film. When she displayed reluctance, Gilliam, knowing her adoration of Connery, told her "Sean Connery's going to be in it," to which Duvall immediately replied, "I'll do it." As it turned out, they didn't share any scenes together. She later laughed this off, crediting Gilliam's "devilish" sense of humor.
14Was intended to star opposite Paul Simon in One-Trick Pony (1980), which Simon wrote as a vehicle for the two of them while they were in a relationship during the late '70s. However, after their split and Duvall's departure for England to film The Shining (1980), Simon made the film with Blair Brown.
15Studied at the renowned Actors Studio in New York, during the early 1970s, however dropped out after only a few classes as she found the process too analytical and technical. She left and returned to her own instinctive, organic approach to acting.
16Once owned the film rights to Tom Robbins' "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues." Despite being signed by Warner Bros. in 1980 to write and star in her own adaptation of the book, the project fell through and she gave up the rights after four years.
17Turned down a role in Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978).
18Got hooked on cigarettes after having to smoke for her role in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us (1974).
19Pauline Kael once referred to her as "The Female Buster Keaton".
20Played chess with Stanley Kubrick between takes on The Shining (1980).
21Once lived with 11 dogs, 12 parrots, and 58 finches, budgies, and cockateels.
22Was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in December 1985 as an innovator in video programming.
23Served as chairman for the 1987 Golden ACE committee for the National Cable Television Academy's ACE Awards.
24Served as secretary of the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the National Academy of Cable Programming.
25Was romantically involved with Paul Simon from 1976 to 1979. He was the one to tell her she had won Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977). He broke up with her at the airport as she was about to board a plane to London to begin filming The Shining (1980).
26Was the only performer of the '70s to work with three of the decade's most revered directors, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, and Stanley Kubrick.
27Graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas in 1967. Patrick Swayze and wrestler Mark Calaway (aka The Undertaker) graduated from the same high school.
28Milos Forman considered her for the role of the prostitute in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). While screening Thieves Like Us (1974) to see if she was right for the role, he became interested in Louise Fletcher, who had a supporting role, and decided to cast her as "Nurse Ratched".
29Daughter of attorney Robert R. Duvall (not the actor) and Bobbie Crawford.
30Sister of Stewart Duvall.
31Was discovered in 1970 by Brian McKay and Tommy Thompson, who spotted her at a party while scouting locations for Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970) 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 at 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.


1Wide eyes, toothy smile, and lanky figure
2Playing quirky and eccentric characters


1[on The Shining (1980) and Stanley Kubrick]: Stanley's head to head approach brought the very best out of Jack, Scatman, me, Danny, everybody. The mixture of anger, frustration, and ideas made the film really fly. I might have hated him at the time, but I now see him as a really important filmmaker who gave me the role of my life and made me the sort of actress I never dared think I'd become.
2I'm not a fan of CGI, I think it's a bit lazy. Look at what many filmmakers accomplished before it came along!
3Tim Burton is just a gem. He is very quiet and shy, believe it or not, but very funny too.
4There have been many amazing movies in the last decade or so. I always wonder what Stanley Kubrick would have done if he directed Inception (2010) or Donnie Darko (2001). I enjoyed them both.
5I struggled to get a decent acting job for years, before finally giving it a rest for a while. It would be great to start all over again, if the right role came along.
6[on Robert Altman] Bob is like family, I trust him almost implicitly. He would never do anything to hurt me. Bob won my trust right at the beginning. He encouraged me to be myself, to never take acting lessons or to take myself too seriously.
7When I play a character, at that moment nothing else exists. Certainly no theory. I try not to intellectualize.
8[on working with Stanley Kubrick] Well, of course, Robert Altman was almost the only director I'd ever worked with. It was time for me to test my own legs. There was a kind of possessiveness about Bob. He put me in so many of his films, but apart from him, I wasn't getting offered a lot of roles - hardly any, for that matter. It was like he was the only one with any confidence in me. So here was my chance to work with Kubrick.
9Acting isn't difficult. You just do it. Everybody in life acts anyhow, President Nixon, The Pope, even John Lennon.
10[on director Robert Altman] Nobody else calls him "Pirate" 'cept me. That's 'cuz I think he's the bravest, toughest, most imaginative man I've ever met.
11I might get killed, but I wouldn't die. I'd be born again as another me - or a lampshade, but I'll be on earth - always... (I) believe in everything and everybody existing forever and on and on in the same or other forms.
12If I had listened to everyone who told me no, I'd never have gotten anything accomplished. When I really believe in something and someone says, "You can't do it," it just spurs me on.
13Life is all about movement, and when you stop moving, you're dead! That's my big philosophy -- it's all about motion. Life can change in the blinking of an eye, so you just have to appreciate every minute and keep going.
14[on filming The Shining (1980)] That was a life experience like the Vietnam War probably was for veterans. It was grueling -- six days a week, 12- to 16-hour days, half an hour off for lunch, for a year and one month. The role demanded that I cry for, whew, at least nine of those months. Jack [Nicholson] had to be angry all the time, and I had to be in hysterics all the time. It was very upsetting.
15[on working with Woody Allen on Annie Hall (1977)] He wanted "Faster! Faster!" That was my main note from him. He likes the dialogue to be fast and for a Texan, especially one who'd only been to New York a couple of times at that point, it was very difficult.
16[on her memorable role in Popeye (1980)] God, as a child, I was so embarrassed when the kids would call me "Olive Oyl" because it meant you were skinny as a rail, you had sparrow legs, and an Adam's apple. I mean, who wants to admit she was born to play Olive Oyl?
17Don't let any setback defeat you. The world doesn't end just because one thing goes wrong.
18[on filming Nashville (1975)] Lily Tomlin said we were like twenty-four big kids in a play pen. Which is absolutely true.
19The trick to acting is not to be afraid. If you're not afraid of making mistakes, you usually don't make them.
20When I turned 18, I felt I was grown up. Then when I was 21, I reflected, "Boy, I was just a kid then; now I'm grown up." The same thing happened when I was 27. It wasn't until I was in my early 30s that I realized it was a futile goal to have. You're never grown up. We're all still dealing with the same hopes, same fears, same dreams that we had as children.
21[on working with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining (1980)] For a person so charming and so likable - indeed lovable - he can do some pretty cruel things when you're filming. Because it seemed to me, at times, that the end justified the means. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Why? Because of Stanley, and it was a fascinating learning experience. But I wouldn't want to go through it again.
22[on director Terry Gilliam] Terry is one of those people that everybody wants to please, because he has such a great sense of humor, and he cares so much about his work, that he just makes everyone else care. Terry really is a true artist. In every way, he lives and breathes his work, and enjoys the hell out of it.
23[on Stanley Kubrick's method of shooting multiple takes of every scene] Have you seen the film Groundhog Day (1993)? Well, that's what it was like.


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994CableACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programming Series - 6 and YoungerShelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1992)Carol Davies (supervising producer)

Courtney B. Conte (live action producer)

Mark Jean (live action director)

Barbara Bottner (live action writer)

Art Leonardi (animation producer)

Graham Morris (animation director)

Kayte Kuch (animation writer)

Judy Rothman Rofé (animation writer)

Sheryl Scarborough (animation writer)
1991ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programming - 7 and OlderMother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)Thomas A. Bliss (producer)

Paula Marcus (producer)
1989ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Entertainment Special or Series - 9 and OlderTall Tales & Legends (1985)Bridget Terry (producer)

Fred Fuchs (producer)
1987ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programing Special or Series - 9 and OlderTall Tales & Legends (1985)Bridget Terry (producer)

Fred Fuchs (producer)
1985Golden CableACECableACE AwardsFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1985ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programming SeriesFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)Fred Fuchs (producer)

Bridget Terry (producer)
1984Peabody AwardPeabody AwardsFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)Bridget Terry (Producer)

Fred Fuchs (Producer)
1983ACECableACE AwardsSingle Program - Children's or Family ProgrammingFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1983ACECableACE AwardsProgram Series - Innovative Programming GenreFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1980Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Song or Song Performance in a Film or End CreditsPopeye (1980)
1977Best ActressCannes Film Festival3 Women (1977)
1977LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress3 Women (1977)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic SeriesThe Adventures of Shirley Holmes (1996)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programming Series - 6 and YoungerMrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1994)Logan Brewer (co-executive producer)

Courtney B. Conte (co-executive producer)

Lynn Montgomery (co-executive producer/writer)

Helen Bissett (co-producer)

Carol Davies (co-producer)

Peter Sharp (director)

Wayne Tourell (director)

Susan Amerikaner (writer)

Philip LaZebnik (writer)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsChildren's Special or Series - 6 and YoungerMrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1994)Logan Brewer (co-executive producer)

Courtney B. Conte (co-executive producer)

Lynn Montgomery (co-executive producer/writer)

Helen Bissett (co-producer)

Carol Davies (co-producer)

Wayne Tourell (director)

Philip LaZebnik (writer)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsChildren's Special or Series - 6 and YoungerShelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1992)Courtney B. Conte (producer)

Art Leonardi (producer/director)

Jeff Stein (director)

Carol Davies (writer)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1992)Art Leonardi (animation producer/director)

Carol Davies (co-producer)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's ProgramTall Tales & Legends (1985)Bridget Terry (producer)

Fred Fuchs (producer)
1988ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Entertainment Special or Series - 9 and OlderTall Tales & Legends (1985)Bridget Terry (producer)

Fred Fuchs (producer)
1987ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programing Special or Series - 9 and OlderFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)Bridget Terry (producer)

Fred Fuchs (producer)
1984ACECableACE AwardsChildren's Programming SeriesFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1983ACECableACE AwardsProgram Series - Children's or Family ProgrammingFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1981Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressThe Shining (1980)
1978BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actress3 Women (1977)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Actress3 Women (1977)
1977NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Actress3 Women (1977)



Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle1994TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992-1993TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Stories from Growing Up1991TV Movie executive producer
Backfield in Motion1991TV Movie executive producer
Nightmare ClassicsTV Series executive producer - 1 episode, 1989 producer - 1 episode, 1989
Frog1987TV Movie executive producer
Faerie Tale TheatreTV Series executive producer - 25 episodes, 1982 - 1987 producer - 2 episodes, 1983 - 1986
Popples1986TV Movie executive producer
Tall Tales & LegendsTV Series executive producer - 9 episodes, 1985 - 1986 producer - 3 episodes, 1985 - 1986


Manna from Heaven2002Detective Dubrinski
Dreams in the Attic2000TV MovieNellie
Big Monster on Campus2000Mrs. Stein
The 4th Floor1999Martha Stewart
The Hughleys1999TV SeriesMrs. Crump
Maggie Winters1998TV SeriesMuriel
Home Fries1998Mrs. Jackson
Casper Meets Wendy1998VideoGabby
Tale of the Mummy1998Edith Butros
The Player1997TV Movie
Alone1997TV MovieEstelle
Wishbone1997TV SeriesRenee Lassiter
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1997TV SeriesOcka
RocketMan1997Mrs. Randall (uncredited)
Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework1997Mrs. Fink
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs1997Amelia Glahn
Changing Habits1997Sister Agatha
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1997TV SeriesFairy
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes1997TV SeriesAlice Flitt
The Portrait of a Lady1996Countess Gemini
Frasier1995TV SeriesCaroline
The Underneath1995Nurse
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle1994TV Series
L.A. Law1994TV SeriesMargo Stanton
Frogs!1993TV MovieAnnie
The Ray Bradbury Theater1992TV SeriesLeota Bean
Suburban Commando1991Jenny Wilcox
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme1990TV MovieLittle Bo Peep
Frog1987TV MovieMrs. Anderson
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesMargaret (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Frankenweenie1984ShortSusan Frankenstein
Booker1984TV ShortLaura Burroughs
Twilight Theater1982TV Movie
Time Bandits1981Dame Pansy Pansy
Popeye1980Olive Oyl
The Shining1980Wendy Torrance
3 Women1977Millie Lammoreaux
Annie Hall1977Pam
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesPatron
Bernice Bobs Her Hair1976TV MovieBernice
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson1976The First Lady (Mrs. Grover Cleveland)
Baretta1976TV SeriesAggie
Nashville1975L. A. Joan
Thieves Like Us1974Keechie
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesBonnie Lee (segment "Love and the Mr. and Mrs.")
Cannon1973TV SeriesLiz Christie
McCabe & Mrs. Miller1971Ida Coyle
Brewster McCloud1970Suzanne Davis


Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Popples1986TV Movie story

Music Department

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992-1993TV Series composer - 5 episodes


Punch-Drunk Love2002performer: "He Needs Me"
Popeye1980performer: "He Needs Me", "Sail With Me", "He's Large" - uncredited
Saturday Night Live1977TV Series performer - 1 episode


Frankenweenie2012special thanks


Cinderella: Rocked, Wired & Bluesed - The Greatest Video Hits2005VideoHerself (Segment: "Shelter Me")
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Directors2000-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures2001DocumentaryHerself
Good Morning, Texas2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose1999TV SeriesWendy Torrance
Reel to Reel1998TV MovieHerself
Debra Duncan1998TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight1997DocumentaryHerself
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson1994TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Newton's Apple1994TV SeriesHerself
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992-1994TV SeriesHerself - Host
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHerself
The 1993 Annual Vision Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
An American Saturday Night1991TV MovieHerself
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner
The Chipmunks: Rockin' Through the Decades1990TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Steven Spielberg: An American Cinematheque Tribute1989TV MovieHerself
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The 9th Annual CableACE Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Earthquake Survival1987DocumentaryHostess / Narrator
Faerie Tale Theatre1982-1987TV SeriesHerself - Host / Narrator / Snow White's Mother / ...
The 8th Annual Cable ACE Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Tall Tales & Legends1985-1986TV SeriesHerself - Host / Clementine
Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures1986ShortHerself
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHerself
The Secret World of the Very Young1984TV MovieHerself - Performer
Entertainment Tonight1984TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Cable Ace Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Fairest of Them All1983TV MovieHerself
Fridays1981TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHerself
Clapper Board1981TV SeriesHerself
Making 'The Shining'1980TV Short documentaryHerself
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHerself - Host / Various / Herself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2013TV SeriesWendy Torrence
Room 2372012/IDocumentaryWendy Torrance (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesWendy Torrance
Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel2006TV Movie documentaryWendy Torrance (uncredited)
VM Show Vol. 22005TV SeriesWendy Torrance
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dan Aykroyd2005VideoBad Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
A Conversation with Robert Altman2000Video documentary shortMarthe / L. A. Joan (uncredited)
The Best of Dan Aykroyd1986VideoBad Ballet Dancer
Clapper Board1981TV Series

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