Shelley Winters sustained her long career by repeatedly reinventing herself.
Shelley Winters has appeared in over 30 Broadway and Off-Broadway plays.
Shelley Winters has appeared in one hundred and eight movies.
Shelley Winters has been nominated for four Academy Awards, but she only won two of them. She has been nominated for six Golden Globe awards, but only won one.
In 1948, Shelley Winters signed seven year contract with Universal.
In 1959, Shelley Winters won an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for her role as Mrs Van Daan in the movie The Diary of Anne Frank.
Shelley Winters graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, in New York City, New York.
In 1941, Shelley Winters made her Broadway debut in The Night Before Christmas.
In 1940, Shelley Winters was an understudy for the Broadway production of The Time of Your Life.
In 1986, Shelley Winters executive produced the movie Witchfire.
Shelley Winters has one child.
Shelley Winters was married to Paul Meyer from 1942 until 1948. She then was married to Vittorio Gassman from 1952 until 1954. After that she was married to Anthony Franciosa from 1957 until 1960. She was finally married to Gerry DeFord on January 13, 2006.
Shelley Winters' last marriage to Gerry DeFord lasted one day. They wed the day before she died.
Shelley Winters is Shirley Schrift's stage name. She took her mother's maiden name and then added her favorite poet's name.
While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson back in July of 1972, Shelley Winters stormed off the stage because she didn't agree with what Oliver Reed was saying. She returned a few minutes later and dumped a bucket of ice water on his head.
Shelley Winters was a huge fan of the TV show Babylon 5.
Shelley Winters appeared in two films about swimming. In The Poseidon Adventure she plays an award winning swimmer and in A Place in the Sun, she can't swim and drowns.
According to The Oracle of Bacon's list of the top 1000, Shelley Winters is the highest ranked female performer.
Shelley Winters made her Broadway debut in the play Oklahoma. She played "Ado Annie."
Shelley Winters was married four times.
Shelley Winters went to the Actor's Studio in New York.
Shelley Winters was 5'4" tall.
She wrote her autobiography Shelley in 1980.
She had romances with Errol Flynn, Marlon Brando, Lawrence Tirtnry, John Ireland, Burt Lancaster, and William Holden.
She originally broke into Hollywood with the image of "The Blonde Bombshell," but soon tired of that role's limitations.
Shelley donated her Oscar for the 1959 movie The Diary of Anne Frank to the Anne Frank museum.
Her measurements during her 1950 pin-up days were 37-26½-36 .
She is the godmother of actress Laura Dern.
She is the godmother of actress Sally Kirkland. Kirkland, also an ordained minister, conducted the wedding ceremony between Shelley Winters and Gerry DeFord ten hours before Shelley died.
Shelley: I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were twenty-two with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic, and a progressive religious experience.
Shelley: My face was always so made up, it looked as though it had the decorators in.
Shelley: It's sad that people are so open about their sexuality. Sex is much more fun when you have to sneak around and cover it up.
Shelley: Anna Magnani could act anybody off the stage or screen.
Shelley: (talking about on Fredric March) He was able to do a very emotional scene with tears in his eyes, and pinch my fanny at the same time.
Shelley: (about her career-longevity advice) You gotta play mothers. If you don't you won't get a long career in Hollywood.
Shelley: I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn't last long.
Shelley: I had to gain forty pounds for this movie.
Shelley: I did a picture in England one winter and it was so cold I almost got married.
Shelley: In Hollywood, all the marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems.
Shelley: I'm the intelligent, independent type women...in other words, a girl who can't get a man.
Shelley: Even later in my life I often refused to see things as they really were and would fantasize them into something nicer.
Shelley: The best way to find out about a man is to have lunch with his ex-wife.