Shelley Winters

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Shelley Winters
Winters in 1951
Shirley Schrift

(1920-08-18)August 18, 1920
DiedJanuary 14, 2006(2006-01-14) (aged 85)
Resting placeHillside Memorial Park Cemetery
Alma materThe New School
Years active1936–2006
Mack Paul Mayer
(m. 1943; div. 1948)
(m. 1952; div. 1954)
(m. 1957; div. 1960)
Gerry DeFord
(m. 2006)

Shelley Winters (born Shirley Schrift; August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an American film actress whose career spanned seven decades. She won Academy Awards for The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and A Patch of Blue (1965), and received nominations for A Place in the Sun (1951) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). She also appeared in A Double Life (1947), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Lolita (1962), Alfie (1966), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), and Pete's Dragon (1977). In addition to film, Winters appeared in television, including a tenure on the sitcom Roseanne, and wrote three autobiographical books.

Early life[edit]

Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Rose (née Winter), a singer with St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre ("The Muny"), and Jonas Schrift, a designer of men's clothing.[1] Her parents were Jewish;[2][3] her father migrated from Grymalow, Galicia, Austria-Hungary, in what is now Ukraine, and her mother was born in St. Louis to Austrian immigrants who were also from Grymalow.[2] Her parents were third cousins. Her Jewish education included attendance at the Jamaica Jewish Center and learning Hebrew songs at her public school.[2] Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York, when she was nine years old,[4] and she grew up partly in Queens, New York, as well.[5] As a young woman, she worked as a model.[6] Her sister Blanche Schrift later married George Boroff, who ran the Circle Theatre (now named El Centro Theatre) in Los Angeles, California. At age 16, Winters relocated to Los Angeles,[4] and later returned to New York to study acting at The New School.[7]


1940–1946: Broadway debut and early work[edit]

Winters made her Broadway debut in The Night Before Christmas (1941) which had a short run. She had a small part in Rosalinda, an adaptation of Die Fledermaus (1942–44) which ran for 611 performances. Winters first received acclaim when she joined the cast of Oklahoma! as Ado Annie.[8]

With James Stewart in Winchester 73 (1950)

She received a long-term contract at Columbia and moved to Los Angeles. Winters' first film appearance was an uncredited bit in There's Something About a Soldier (1943) at Columbia. She had another small bit in What a Woman! (1943) but a bigger part in a B movie, Sailor's Holiday (1944).[9] Winters was borrowed by the Producers Releasing Corporation for Knickerbocker Holiday (1944). Columbia put her in small bits in She's a Soldier Too (1944), Dancing in Manhattan (1944), Together Again (1944), Tonight and Every Night (1945), Escape in the Fog (1945), A Thousand and One Nights (1945), and The Fighting Guardsman (1946).[9] Winters had bit parts in MGM's Two Smart People (1946), and a series of films for United Artists: Susie Steps Out (1946), Abie's Irish Rose (1946) and New Orleans (1947). She had bit parts in Living in a Big Way (1947) and Killer McCoy (1947) at MGM, The Gangster (1947) for King Brothers Productions and Red River (1948).[8] She also played Brenda Martingale in Siodmak's Cry of the City.

1947–1954: Breakthrough and acclaim[edit]

Winters first achieved stardom with her breakout performance as the victim of insane actor Ronald Colman in George Cukor's A Double Life (1947). It was distributed by Universal which signed Winters to a long-term contract. She had a supporting role in Larceny (1948) then 20th Century Fox borrowed her for Cry of the City (1948). Winters was second-billed in Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) with Howard Duff, and Take One False Step (1949) with William Powell. Paramount borrowed her to play Mabel in The Great Gatsby (1949) with Alan Ladd. Back at Universal she was in Winchester 73 (1950), opposite James Stewart, a huge hit. Universal gave Winters top billing in South Sea Sinner (1950). She co starred with Joel McCrea in Frenchie (1950).[10][11]

Winters originally broke into Hollywood films as a Blonde Bombshell type, but quickly tired of the role's limitations. She claims to have washed off her make-up to audition for the role of Alice Tripp, the factory girl, in A Place in the Sun, directed by George Stevens, now a landmark American film. As the Associated Press reported, the general public was unaware of how serious a craftswoman Winters was. "Although she was in demand as a character actress, Winters continued to study her craft. She attended Charles Laughton's Shakespeare classes and worked at the Actors Studio, both as student and teacher."[12] She studied in the Hollywood Studio Club, and in the late 1940s, she shared an apartment with Marilyn Monroe.[13] Her performance in A Place in the Sun (1951), a departure from the sexpot image that her studio, Universal Pictures, was grooming her for at the time, brought Winters her first acclaim, earning her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Winters went to United Artists for He Ran All the Way (1951) with John Garfield and RKO for Behave Yourself! (1951) with Farley Granger.[14] Winters was top-billed in The Raging Tide (1951) at Universal. She was loaned to 20th Century Fox for Phone Call from a Stranger (1952), with Bette Davis.

At Universal she did Meet Danny Wilson (1952) with Frank Sinatra and Untamed Frontier (1952) with Joseph Cotten. She went to MGM for My Man and I (1952) with Ricardo Montalbán. She performed in A Streetcar Named Desire on stage in Los Angeles.[15] Winters took off some time for the birth of her first child in 1953. She made her TV debut in "Mantrap" for The Ford Television Theatre in 1954. At MGM, she did Executive Suite (1954) and Tennessee Champ (1954), top-billed in the latter. Winters returned to Universal to appear in Saskatchewan (1954), shot on location in Canada with Alan Ladd and Playgirl (1954) with Barry Sullivan. She appeared in a TV version of Sorry, Wrong Number.[16]

Winters travelled to Europe to make Mambo (1954) with Vittorio Gassman who became her husband. She then shot Cash on Delivery (1954) in England.[17] Winters performed in a version of The Women for Producers' Showcase then had a key role in I Am a Camera (1955) starring opposite Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey. Even more highly acclaimed was Charles Laughton's 1955 Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish. At Warner Bros, Winters was Jack Palance's leading lady in I Died a Thousand Times (1955), then for RKO she co starred with Rory Calhoun in The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955). She was in The Big Knife (1955) for Robert Aldrich.[18]

1955–1969: Established actress[edit]

Winters returned to Broadway in A Hatful of Rain, in 1955–1956, opposite Ben Gazzara and future husband Anthony Franciosa. It ran for 398 performances.[19][20] Girls of Summer (1956–57) was directed by Jack Garfein and co-starred George Peppard but only ran for 56 performances. On TV she reprised her Double Life performance in The Alcoa Hour in 1957. She appeared in episodes of The United States Steel Hour, Climax!, Wagon Train, Schlitz Playhouse, The DuPont Show of the Month, and Kraft Theatre.

In 1960, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mrs. Van Daan in George Stevens' film adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). She donated her award statuette to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.[21] Winters was in much demand as a character actor now, getting good roles in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) and The Young Savages (1961). She received excellent reviews for her performance as the man-hungry Charlotte Haze in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962).

Winters returned to Broadway on The Night of the Iguana (1962), playing Bette Davis's role. She performed Off Broadway in Cages by Lewis John Carlino in 1963. Many of her roles now had a sexual component: in The Chapman Report (1962) she played an unfaithful housewife and she played madams in The Balcony (1963) and A House Is Not a Home (1964). She appeared in Wives and Lovers (1963) and episodes of shows such as Alcoa Theatre, Ben Casey, and Thirty-Minute Theatre. Winters was featured in the Italian film Time of Indifference (1964) with Rod Steiger and Claudia Cardinale, and had one of the many cameos in the religious epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), again for George Stevens.

Winters won her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar in A Patch of Blue (1965) for her performance as Rose-Ann D'Arcey, the cruel and vulgar mother of an illiterate, blind girl. She had supporting roles opposite Michael Caine in Alfie (1966) and as the fading, alcoholic former starlet Fay Estabrook in Harper (1966). She returned to Broadway in Under the Weather (1966) by Saul Bellow which ran for 12 performances. Winters played "Ma Parker" the villain in Batman. She was in a TV version of The Three Sisters (1966) and had roles in Enter Laughing (1967) for Carl Reiner, Armchair Theatre, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (several episodes), The Scalphunters (1968) for Sydney Pollack, Wild in the Streets (1968), Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), Arthur? Arthur! (1969), and The Mad Room (1969).

1970–1995: Later career and later roles[edit]

Winters played Ma Barker in Bloody Mama (1970) a big hit for Roger Corman. She had roles in How Do I Love Thee? (1970) and Flap (1970) for Carol Reed. She returned to the stage to play Minnie Marx, mother of the Marx Brothers in the Broadway musical Minnie's Boys (1970), which ran for 80 performances. Winters wrote an evening of three one act plays titled One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger (1970–1971), which ran for seven performances; the cast included Robert De Niro and Diane Ladd.[22] Winters had the lead in two horror films, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971), and What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), and two TV movies, Revenge! (1971), and A Death of Innocence (1971). She had supporting roles in Adventures of Nick Carter (1972) and had a coleading role in Something to Hide (1972) with Peter Finch. She starred in The Vamp for ITV Sunday Night Theatre. In The Poseidon Adventure (1972), she was the ill-fated Belle Rosen (for which she received her final Oscar nomination). She put on weight for the role and never got rid of it.[19]

Winters was top-billed in The Devil's Daughter (1973) for TV. She had a supporting role in Blume in Love (1973) for Paul Mazursky and Cleopatra Jones (1973) and leading parts in Big Rose: Double Trouble (1974) and The Sex Symbol (1974).[23] Winters guest-starred on McCloud and Chico and the Man and was seen in Poor Pretty Eddie (1975), That Lucky Touch (1975), Journey Into Fear (1975), Diamonds (1975), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976) for Paul Mazursky, The Tenant (1976) for Roman Polanski, Mimì Bluette... fiore del mio giardino (1977) with Monica Vitti, Tentacles (1977), An Average Little Man (1977) with Alberto Sordi, Pete's Dragon (1977), The Initiation of Sarah (1978), and King of the Gypsies (1978).[24] She starred in a 1978 Broadway production of Paul Zindel's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, which only had a short run. Winters starred in the Italian horror film Gran bollito (1979) and played Gladys Presley in Elvis (1979) for TV. She was in The Visitor (1979), City on Fire (1979), The Magician of Lublin (1979) for Menahem Golan, The French Atlantic Affair (1979) and an episode of the ABC series Vega$, with Vega$ star Robert Urich . In 1980, Winters published the best-selling autobiography Shelley: Also Known As Shirley [25] She followed it up in 1989 with a second memoir, Shelley II: The Middle of My Century.

Winters' 1980s performances included Looping (1981), S.O.B., episodes of The Love Boat, Sex, Lies and Renaissance (1983), Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984), Ellie (1984), Déjà Vu (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1985), and The Delta Force (1986). She did The Gingerbread Lady on stage.[26] She had a starring role in Witchfire (1986) and was credited as executive producer.[27] She was in Very Close Quarters (1986), Purple People Eater (1988), and An Unremarkable Life (1989).[28]

Her final performances included Touch of a Stranger (1990), Stepping Out (1991) with Liza Minnelli, Weep No More, My Lady (1992), The Pickle (1993) for Mazursky, and The Silence of the Hams (1994). Later audiences knew her primarily for her autobiographies and for her television work, in which she usually played a humorous parody of her public persona. In a recurring role in the 1990s, Winters played the title character's grandmother on the sitcom Roseanne. Her final film roles were supporting ones: She played a restaurant owner and mother of an overweight cook in Heavy (1995) with Liv Tyler and Debbie Harry for James Mangold; an aristocrat in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich; and an embittered nursing home administrator in 1999's Gideon.[29] She was in comedies such as Backfire! (1995), Jury Duty (1995), and Mrs. Munck (1995) as well as Raging Angels (1995). Winters made an appearance at the 1998 Academy Awards telecast, which featured a tribute to Oscar winners past and present.

The Associated Press reported: "During her 50 years as a widely known personality, Winters was rarely out of the news. Her stormy marriages, her romances with famous stars, her forays into politics and feminist causes kept her name before the public. She delighted in giving provocative interviews and seemed to have an opinion on everything." That led to a second career as a writer. Though not a conventional beauty, she claimed that her acting, wit, and "chutzpah" gave her a love life to rival Monroe's. Her alleged "conquests" included William Holden, Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Errol Flynn, and Marlon Brando.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Winters in publicity photo, circa 1950

Winters was married four times. Her husbands were:

  • Captain Mack Paul Mayer, whom she married on December 29, 1943, in Brooklyn.[31] Winters and Mayer were divorced in October 1948.[32] Mayer was unable to deal with Shelley's "Hollywood lifestyle" and wanted a "traditional homemaker" for a wife. Winters wore his wedding ring up until her death, and kept their relationship very private.[citation needed]
  • Vittorio Gassman, whom she married on April 28, 1952, in Juárez, Mexico;[33] they divorced on June 2, 1954. They had one child: Vittoria, born February 14, 1953, a physician who practices internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was Winters' only child.[citation needed]
  • Anthony Franciosa, whom she married on May 4, 1957; they divorced on November 18, 1960.[34]
  • Gerry DeFord, whom she married on January 13, 2006.[35]

Hours before her death, Winters married long-time companion Gerry DeFord, with whom she had lived for 19 years. Though Winters' daughter objected to the marriage, the actress Sally Kirkland performed the wedding ceremony for the two at Winters' deathbed. Kirkland, a minister of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, also performed for Winters non-denominational last rites.[citation needed]

Winters had a much-publicized romance with Farley Granger that became a long-term friendship (according to their respective autobiographies).[36][37] She starred with him in the 1951 film Behave Yourself! as well as in a 1957 television production of A. J. Cronin's novel Beyond This Place.

Winters was a Democrat and attended the 1960 Democratic National Convention.[38][39] In 1965, she addressed the Selma Marchers briefly outside Montgomery, Alabama on the night before they marched into the state capitol.[40] Winters endorsed Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968.[41]

Winters became friendly with rock singer Janis Joplin shortly before Joplin died in 1970. She invited Joplin to sit in on a class session at the Actors' Studio at its Los Angeles location. Joplin never did.[42]


Winters died at the age of 85 on January 14, 2006, of heart failure at the Rehabilitation Center of Beverly Hills; she had suffered a heart attack on October 14, 2005.[1] She is interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.[43]


Uncredited in Tonight and Every Night (1945), Winters is behind Rita Hayworth.


Year Film Role Notes
1943 There's Something About a Soldier Norma uncredited
What a Woman! Secretary
1944 Sailor's Holiday Gloria Flynn credited as Shelley Winter
Knickerbocker Holiday Ulda Tienhoven
Cover Girl Chorus Girl uncredited
She's a Soldier Too 'Silver' Rankin
Dancing in Manhattan Margie
Together Again Young Woman Fleeing Nightclub Raid
1945 Tonight and Every Night Bubbles
Escape in the Fog Taxi Driver
A Thousand and One Nights Handmaiden
1946 The Fighting Guardsman Nanette
Two Smart People Princess
Susie Steps Out Female Singer
Abie's Irish Rose Bridesmaid uncredited
1947 New Orleans Ms. Holmbright
Living in a Big Way Junior League Girl
The Gangster Hazel – Cashier
Killer McCoy Waitress / Autograph Hound
A Double Life Pat Kroll
1948 Red River Dance Hall Girl in Wagon Train uncredited
Larceny Tory
Cry of the City Brenda Martingale
1949 Take One False Step Catherine Sykes
The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson
Johnny Stool Pigeon Terry Stewart
1950 Winchester '73 Lola Manners
South Sea Sinner Coral
Frenchie Frenchie Fontaine
1951 A Place in the Sun Alice Tripp Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress
He Ran All the Way Peggy Dobbs
Behave Yourself! Kate Denny
The Raging Tide Connie Thatcher
1952 Phone Call from a Stranger Binky Gay
Meet Danny Wilson Joy Carroll
Untamed Frontier Jane Stevens
My Man and I Nancy
1954 Tennessee Champ Sarah Wurble
Saskatchewan Grace Markey
Executive Suite Eva Bardeman
Playgirl Fran Davis
Mambo Toni Salermo
To Dorothy a Son Myrtle La Mar
1955 I Am a Camera Natalia Landauer
The Night of the Hunter Willa Harper
The Big Knife Dixie Evans credited as Miss Shelley Winters
The Treasure of Pancho Villa Ruth Harris
I Died a Thousand Times Marie Garson
1959 The Diary of Anne Frank Mrs. Petronella Van Daan Won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Odds Against Tomorrow Lorry
1960 Let No Man Write My Epitaph Nellie Romano
1961 The Young Savages Mary diPace
1962 Lolita Charlotte Haze
The Chapman Report Sarah Garnell
1963 The Balcony Madame Irma
Wives and Lovers Fran Cabrell
1964 A House Is Not a Home Polly Adler
Time of Indifference Lisa
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Healed Woman
A Patch of Blue Rose-Ann D'Arcey Won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1966 Harper Fay Estabrook
Alfie Ruby
The Three Sisters Natalya
1967 Enter Laughing Mrs. Emma Kolowitz
1968 The Scalphunters Kate
Wild in the Streets Mrs. Daphne Flatow
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Shirley Newman
1969 The Mad Room Mrs. Armstrong
Arthur? Arthur! Hester Green
1970 Bloody Mama "Ma" Kate Barker
How Do I Love Thee? Lena Marvin
Flap Dorothy Bluebell
1971 What's the Matter with Helen? Helen
1972 Something to Hide Gabriella
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Mrs. Forrest
The Poseidon Adventure Belle Rosen Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1973 Blume in Love Mrs. Cramer
Cleopatra Jones Mommy
The Stone Killer Drunk Woman in Police Station uncredited
1975 Poor Pretty Eddie Bertha
That Lucky Touch Diana Steedeman
Journey Into Fear Mrs. Mathews
Diamonds Zelda Shapiro
1976 La dahlia scarlatta Catrina
The Tenant The Concierge
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Faye Lapinsky
Mimì Bluette... fiore del mio giardino Caterina
1977 Tentacles Tillie Turner
An Average Little Man Amalia Vivaldi
Pete's Dragon Lena Gogan
Black Journal Lea
1978 King of the Gypsies Queen Rachel
1979 The French Atlantic Affair Helen Wabash
The Visitor Jane Phillips
City on Fire Nurse Andrea Harper
The Magician of Lublin Elzbieta
1981 S.O.B. Eva Brown
Looping Carmen
1983 Fanny Hill Mrs. Cole
1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge Becky
Ellie Cora Jackson
1985 Déjà Vu Olga Nabokova
1986 The Delta Force Edie Kaplan
Witchfire Lydia
Very Close Quarters Galina
1988 Purple People Eater Rita
1989 An Unremarkable Life Evelyn McEllany
1990 Touch of a Stranger Ida
1991 Stepping Out Mrs. Fraser
1992 Weep No More, My Lady Vivian Morgan
1993 The Pickle Yetta
1994 The Silence of the Hams Mrs. Motel
1995 Heavy Dolly Modino
Backfire! The Good Lieutenant
Jury Duty Mom
Mrs. Munck Aunt Monica
Raging Angels Grandma Ruth
1996 The Portrait of a Lady Mrs. Touchett
1998 Gideon Mrs. Willows
1999 La bomba Prof. Summers
2006 A-List Herself


Year Title Role Notes
1954 The Ford Television Theatre Sally Marland Episode: "Mantrap"
1955 Producers' Showcase Crystal Allen Episode: "The Women"
1957 The Alcoa Hour Pat Kroll Episode: "A Double Life"
The United States Steel Hour Evvie Episode: "Inspired Alibi"
Wagon Train Ruth Owens Episode: "The Ruth Owens Story"
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Mildred Corrigan Episode: "Smarty"
DuPont Show of the Month Louisa Burt Episode: "Beyond This Place"
1960 What's My Line Celebrity guest March 27, 1960 episode [44]
Play of the Week Rose Episode: "A Piece of Blue Sky"
1962 Alcoa Premiere Meg Fletcher
Millie Norman
Episode: "The Way From Darkness"
Episode: "The Cake Baker"
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Jenny Dworak Episode: "Two is the Number"
1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre Mrs. Bixby Episode: "Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat"
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Edith Episode: "Back to Back"
1966 Batman Ma Parker Episode: "The Greatest Mother of Them All"
Episode: "Ma Parker"
1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Clarry Golden Episode: "Wipeout"
1968 Here's Lucy Shelley Summers Episode: "Lucy and Miss Shelley Winters"
1971 Revenge! Amanda Hilton Television film
A Death of Innocence Elizabeth Cameron
1972 Adventures of Nick Carter Bess Tucker
1973 The Devil's Daughter Lilith Malone
1974 Big Rose: Double Trouble Rose Winters
The Sex Symbol Agathy Murphy
McCloud Thelma Episode: "The Barefoot Girls of Bleecker Street"
1975 Chico and the Man Shirley Schrift Episode: "Ed Steps Out"
1976 Frosty's Winter Wonderland Crystal (voice) Television film
1978 Kojak Evelyn McNeil Episode: "The Captain's Brother's Wife"
The Initiation of Sarah Mrs. Erica Hunter Television film
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Crystal (voice)
Elvis Gladys Presley
Vega$ J.D. Fenton Episode: "Macho Murders"
1982 The Love Boat Teresa Rosselli Season 6, episode 1
1983 Parade of Stars Sophie Tucker Television film
1984 Hotel Adele Ellsworth Episode: "Trials"
Hawaiian Heat Florence Senkowski Episode: "Andy's Mom"
1985 Alice in Wonderland The Dodo Bird Television film
1987 The Sleeping Beauty Fairy
1991–1996 Roseanne Nana Mary 10 episodes


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1941 The Night Before Christmas Flora Morosco Theatre, Broadway [45]
1942 Rosalinda Fifi 46th Street Theatre, Broadway
1943 Oklahoma! Ado Annie St. James Theatre, Broadway
1955 A Hatful of Rain Celia Pope Plymouth Theatre, Broadway
1956 Girls of Summer Hilda Brookman Longacre Theatre, Broadway
1961 The Night of the Iguana Maxine Faulk Royale Theatre, Broadway
1966 Under the Weather Marcella
Cort Theatre, Broadway
1970 Minnie's Boys Minnie Marx Imperial Theatre, Broadway
1978 The Effect of Gamma Rays on
Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Beatrice Biltmore Theatre, Broadway

Summer Stock plays

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1947)
  • Born Yesterday (1950)
  • Wedding Breakfast (1955)
  • A Piece of Blue Sky (1959)
  • Two for the Seasaw (1960)
  • The Country Girl (1961)
  • A View from the Bridge (1961)
  • Days of the Dancing (1964)
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965)
  • 84 Charing Cross Road (1983)


Year Program Episode/source
1953 Lux Radio Theatre Phone Call from a Stranger[46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref(s)
1951 Best Actress A Place in the Sun Nominated [47]
1959 Best Supporting Actress The Diary of Anne Frank Won
1965 A Patch of Blue Won
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Nominated

British Academy Film Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref(s)
1972 Best Supporting Actress The Poseidon Adventure Nominated [48]
1977 Next Stop, Greenwich Village Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref(s)
1951 Best Actress – Drama Film A Place in the Sun Nominated [49]
1959 Best Supporting Actress The Diary of Anne Frank Nominated
1962 Best Actress – Drama Film Lolita Nominated
1966 Best Supporting Actress Alfie Nominated
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Won
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref(s)
1964 Outstanding Lead Actress Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Won [50]
1966 Nominated
1974 Supporting Actress – Comedy/Drama Series McCloud NBC Sunday Mystery Movie Nominated


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  • Winters, Shelley (1989). Shelley II: The Middle of My Century. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-44210-1.
  • Shelley: The Middle of My Century (audiobook; audio cassette)


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