Shelley Winters

Highest Rated: 100% A Patch of Blue (2000)
Lowest Rated: 0% Jury Duty (1995)
Birthday: Aug 18, 1920
Birthplace: Not Available
American actress Shelley Winters was the daughter of a tailor's cutter; her mother was a former opera singer. Winters evinced her mom's influence at age four, when she made an impromptu singing appearance at a St. Louis amateur night. When her father moved to Long Island to be closer to the New York garment district, Winters took acting lessons at the New School for Social Research and the Actors Studio. Short stints as a model and a chorus girl led to her Broadway debut in the S.J. Perelman comedy The Night Before Christmas in 1940. Winters signed a Columbia Pictures contract in 1943, mostly playing bits, except when loaned to United Artists for an important role in Knickerbocker Holiday (1944). Realizing she was getting nowhere, she took additional acting instructions and performed in nightclubs.The breakthrough came with her role as a "good time girl" murdered by insane stage star Ronald Colman in A Double Life (1947). Her roles became increasingly more prominent during her years at Universal-International, as did her offstage abrasive attitude; the normally mild-mannered James Stewart, Winters' co-star in Winchester '73 (1950), said after filming that the actress should have been spanked. Winters' performance as the pathetic factory girl impregnated and then killed by Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun (1951) won her an Oscar nomination; unfortunately, for every Place in the Sun, her career was blighted by disasters like Behave Yourself (1951).Disheartened by bad films and a turbulent marriage, Winters returned to Broadway in A Hatful of Rain, in which she received excellent reviews and during which she fell for her future third husband, Anthony Franciosa. Always battling a weight problem, Winters was plump enough to be convincing as middle-aged Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), for which Winters finally got her Oscar. In the 1960s, Winters portrayed a brothel madam in two films, The Balcony (1963) and A House Is Not a Home (1964), roles that would have killed her career ten years earlier, but which now established her in the press as an actress willing to take any professional risk for the sake of her art. Unfortunately, many of her performances in subsequent films like Wild in the Streets (1968) and Bloody Mama (1970) became more shrill than compelling, somewhat lessening her standing as a performer of stature.During this period, Winters made some fairly outrageous appearances on talk shows, where she came off as the censor's nightmare; she also made certain her point-of-view wouldn't be ignored, as in the moment when she poured her drink over Oliver Reed's head after Reed made a sexist remark on The Tonight Show. Appearances in popular films like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and well-received theater appearances, like her 1974 tour in Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, helped counteract such disappointments as the musical comedy Minnie's Boys (as the Marx Brothers' mother) and the movie loser Flap (1970). Treated generously by director Paul Mazursky in above-average films like Blume in Love (1974) and Next Stop Greenwich Village (1977), Winters managed some excellent performances, though she still leaned toward hamminess when the script was weak. Shelley Winters added writing to her many achievements, penning a pair of tell-all autobiographies which delineate a private life every bit as rambunctious as some of Winters' screen performances.The '90s found a resurgence in Winters' career, as she was embraced by indie filmmakers (for movies like Heavy and The Portrait of a Lady), although she found greater fame in a recurring role on the sitcom Roseanne. She died of heart failure at age 85 in Beverly Hills, CA, in early 2006.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
95% Sing Your Song Shelley Winters $48.2K 2012
No Score Yet On Cukor Actor 2000
100% A Patch of Blue Rose-Ann D'Arcey 2000
No Score Yet Gideon Mrs. Willows 1999
45% The Portrait of a Lady Mrs. Touchett 1996
86% Heavy Dolly 1996
No Score Yet Raging Angels Grandma Ruth 1995
No Score Yet Mrs. Munck Aunt Monica 1995
0% Jury Duty Mom 1995
0% The Silence of the Hams Mother 1994
No Score Yet Backfire! Good Lt. 1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer Actor 1993
No Score Yet Weep No More, My Lady Vivian Morgan 1993
20% The Pickle Yetta 1993
No Score Yet Stepping Out Mrs. Fraser 1991
86% Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol Actor 1990
No Score Yet An Unremarkable Life Evelyn McEllany 1989
No Score Yet Purple People Eater Rita 1988
No Score Yet Witchfire Lydia 1986
18% The Delta Force Edie Kaplan 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Actor 1985
No Score Yet Deja Vu Olga Nabokov 1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Dodo Bird 1985
No Score Yet Very Close Quarters Galina 1985
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection Actor 1985
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Herself 1984
No Score Yet Over the Brooklyn Bridge Becky Sherman 1984
No Score Yet Ellie Cora 1984
No Score Yet Fanny Hill Mrs. Cole 1983
86% S.O.B. Eva Brown $14.9M 1981
20% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July Crystal 1979
No Score Yet Elvis Gladys Presley 1979
88% The Visitor Jane Phillips 1979
No Score Yet Magician of Lublin Elizabeta 1979
80% King of the Gypsies Queen Rachel 1978
No Score Yet The Initiation of Sarah Mrs. Erica Hunter 1978
No Score Yet City on Fire Nurse Andrea Harper 1978
No Score Yet Heartbreak Motel Bertha 1978
No Score Yet Black Journal (Gran Bollito) Actor 1977
52% Pete's Dragon Lena Gogan 1977
No Score Yet Un borghese piccolo piccolo (A Very Little Man) (An Average Little Man) Amalia Vivaldi 1977
0% Tentacles Tillie Turner 1977
No Score Yet Frosty's Winter Wonderland Mrs. Frosty 1976
90% The Tenant Madame Dioz 1976
75% Next Stop, Greenwich Village Mrs. Lapinsky 1976
No Score Yet Diamonds Zelda Shapiro 1975
No Score Yet Journey Into Fear (Burn Out) Mrs. Mathews 1975
No Score Yet Poor Pretty Eddie Bertha 1975
No Score Yet That Lucky Touch Diana Steedeman 1975
No Score Yet Redneck County Actor 1975
100% Blume in Love Mrs. Cramer 1973
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Lilith Malone 1973
91% Cleopatra Jones Mommy 1973
79% The Poseidon Adventure Belle Rosen 1972
No Score Yet Shattered Gabriella 1972
29% What's the Matter with Helen? Helen 1971
57% Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Rosie Forrest 1971
No Score Yet Revenge Amanda Hilton 1971
No Score Yet Flap Dorothy Bluebell 1970
17% Bloody Mama 'Ma' Kate Barker 1970
No Score Yet How Do I Love Thee? Lena 1970
No Score Yet Fanny Hill Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Mad Room Mrs. Gladys Armstrong 1969
No Score Yet Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Shirley Newman 1968
65% Wild in the Streets Mrs. Daphne Flatow 1968
70% The Scalphunters Kate 1968
55% Enter Laughing Mrs. Kolowitz 1967
96% Alfie Ruby 1966
100% Harper (The Moving Target) Fay Estabrook 1966
No Score Yet Alfie Darling (Oh Alfie) Actor 1966
No Score Yet Time of Indifference (Gli Indifferenti) Lisa 1965
40% The Greatest Story Ever Told Woman of No Name 1965
No Score Yet The Three Sisters Natalya 1965
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Polly Adler 1964
60% The Balcony Madame Irma 1963
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Sarah Garnell 1962
95% Lolita Charlotte Haze 1962
50% The Young Savages Mary diPace 1961
86% Odds Against Tomorrow Lorry 1959
76% The Diary of Anne Frank Mrs. Van Daan 1959
86% The Big Knife Dixie Evans 1955
No Score Yet The Treasure of Pancho Villa Ruth Harris 1955
No Score Yet I Am a Camera Natalie Landauer 1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Marie Garson 1955
98% The Night of the Hunter Willa Harper 1955
100% Executive Suite Eva Bardeman 1954
No Score Yet Saskatchewan Grace Markey 1954
No Score Yet Mambo Toni Salerno 1954
No Score Yet My Man and I Nancy 1952
No Score Yet Meet Danny Wilson Joy Carroll 1952
No Score Yet Phone Call From a Stranger Binky Gay 1952
No Score Yet Behave Yourself Kate Denny 1951
No Score Yet The Raging Tide Connie Thatcher 1951
75% A Place in the Sun Alice Tripp 1951
100% He Ran All the Way Peggy Dobbs 1951
100% Winchester '73 Lola Manners 1950
No Score Yet Frenchie Frenchie Fontaine 1950
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon Terry Stewart 1949
38% The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson 1949
92% Cry of the City Brenda Martingale 1948
100% Red River Dance-Hall Girl 1948
No Score Yet The Gangster Hazel 1947
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way Bit Part 1947
No Score Yet New Orleans Secretary 1947
71% A Double Life Pat Kroll 1947
No Score Yet A Thousand and One Nights Handmaiden 1945
No Score Yet Tonight and Every Night Bubbles 1945
No Score Yet Escape In The Fog Actor 1945
94% Cover Girl Girl 1944
No Score Yet The Racket Man Bit Part 1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday Ulda Tienhoven 1944
No Score Yet Sailor's Holiday Gloria Flynn 1944

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • 2000
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Nana Mary
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • 1978
93% Batman
1966-1968
Ma Parker
  • 1966

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