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Shelley Winters

Highest Rated:   100% A Patch of Blue (2000)
Lowest Rated:   0% Jury Duty (1995)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
43% 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
20% 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 Hollywood Collection
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Very Close Quarters
  • Galina
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
90% S.O.B.
  • Eva Brown
$14.9M 1981
No Score Yet Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July
  • Crystal
1979
No Score Yet Elvis
  • Gladys Presley
1979
87% 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
50% 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
73% 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
No Score Yet Blume in Love
  • Mrs. Cramer
1973
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter
  • Lilith Malone
1973
90% Cleopatra Jones
  • Mommy
1973
79% The Poseidon Adventure
  • Belle Rosen
1972
No Score Yet Shattered
  • Gabriella
1972
33% 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
50% Enter Laughing
  • Mrs. Kolowitz
1967
100% 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
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Woman of No Name
1965
No Score Yet The Three Sisters
  • Natalya
1965
60% The Balcony
  • Madame Irma
1963
95% Lolita
  • Charlotte Haze
1962
50% The Young Savages
  • Mary diPace
1961
No Score Yet Odds Against Tomorrow
  • Lorry
1959
76% The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Mrs. Van Daan
1959
80% 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 The Chapman Report
  • Actor
1952
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 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
71% A Double Life
  • Pat Kroll
1947
No Score Yet New Orleans
  • Secretary
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 Sailor's Holiday
  • Gloria Flynn
1944
No Score Yet The Racket Man
  • Bit Part
1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday
  • Ulda Tienhoven
1944

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor
  • 2000
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Nana Mary
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Ma Parker
  • 1966

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