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Shelley Winters (1920–2006)

Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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 1999 La bomba
Prof. Summers
 1998 Gideon
Mrs. Willows
 1995 Raging Angels
Grandma Ruth
 1995 Mrs. Munck
Aunt Monica
 1995 Jury Duty
 1995 Backfire!
The Good Lieutenant
 1994 The Silence of the Hams
Mrs. Motel (The Mother)
 1993 The Pickle
 1991 Stepping Out
Mrs. Fraser
 1989 An Unremarkable Life
Evelyn McEllany
 1986 Very Close Quarters
 1986 Witchfire
 1985 Déjà Vu
Olga Nabokova
 1983 Fanny Hill
Mrs. Cole
 1981 Looping
 1981 S.O.B.
Eva Brown
 1979 The Magician of Lublin
 1979 City on Fire
Nurse Andrea Harper
 1979 The Visitor
Jane Phillips
 1979 Gran bollito
 1977 Un borghese piccolo piccolo
Amalia Vivaldi
 1977 Tentacles
Tillie Turner
 1976 The Tenant
The Concierge
 1975 Diamonds
Zelda Shapiro
 1975 Journey Into Fear
Mrs. Mathews
 1975 That Lucky Touch
Diana Steedeman
 1975 Poor Pretty Eddie
 1973 Cleopatra Jones
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Mrs. Forrest
 1972 Something to Hide
 1971 What's the Matter with Helen?
Helen Hill aka Helen Martin
 1970 Flap
Dorothy Bluebell
 1970 How Do I Love Thee?
Lena Mervin
 1969 Arthur! Arthur!
Hester Green
 1969 The Mad Room
Mrs. Armstrong
 1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
Shirley Newman
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Daphne Flatow
 1968 The Scalphunters
 1967 Enter Laughing
Mrs. Emma Kolowitz
 1966 Alfie
 1966 Harper
Fay Estabrook
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
Woman Who Is Healed
 1964 A House Is Not a Home
Polly Adler
 1963 Wives and Lovers
Fran Cabrell
 1963 The Balcony
Madame Irma
 1962 The Chapman Report
Sarah Garnell
 1961 The Young Savages
Mary diPace
 1960 Let No Man Write My Epitaph
Nellie Romano
 1955 The Treasure of Pancho Villa
Ruth Harris
 1955 The Big Knife
Dixie Evans (as Miss Shelley Winters)
 1954 Mambo
Toni Salerno
 1954 Playgirl
Fran Davis
 1954 Saskatchewan
Grace Markey
 1954 Tennessee Champ
Sarah Wurble
 1952 My Man and I
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Jane Stevens
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Binky Gay
 1951 Meet Danny Wilson
Joy Carroll
 1951 The Raging Tide
Connie Thatcher
 1951 Behave Yourself!
Kate Denny
 1950 Frenchie
Frenchie Fontaine
 1950 South Sea Sinner
 1949 Johnny Stool Pigeon
Terry Stewart
 1948 Cry of the City
Brenda Martingale
 1948 Larceny
 1948 Red River
Dance Hall Girl in Wagon Train (uncredited)
 1947 Killer McCoy
Waitress / Autograph Hound (uncredited)
 1947 The Gangster
Hazel - Cashier (uncredited)
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Junior League Girl (uncredited)
 1947 New Orleans
Ms. Holmbright (uncredited)
 1946 Abie's Irish Rose
Bridesmaid (uncredited)
 1946 Susie Steps Out
Band Singer
 1946 Two Smart People
Princess (uncredited)
 1946 The Fighting Guardsman
Nanette (uncredited)
 1945 A Thousand and One Nights
Handmaiden (uncredited)
 1945 Escape in the Fog
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1945 Tonight and Every Night
Bubbles (uncredited)
 1944 Together Again
Young Woman Fleeing Nightclub Raid (uncredited)
 1944 Dancing in Manhattan
Margie (uncredited)
 1944 She's a Soldier Too
'Silver' Rankin (uncredited)
 1944 Cover Girl
Chorus Girl (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1944 Knickerbocker Holiday
Ulda Tienhoven (as Shelley Winter)
 1944 Sailor's Holiday
Gloria Flynn (as Shelley Winter)
 1943 What a Woman
Secretary (uncredited)
 1943/I There's Something About a Soldier
Norma (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Hilda Brookman") in "Girls of Summer" on Broadway. Written by N. Richard Nash. Featuring the song "Girls of Summer" composed by Stephen Sondheim. Stage Manager: Irving Buchman. Assistant Stage Mgr: Lou Antonio [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by Jack Garfein. Longacre Theatre: 19 Nov 1956-5 Jan 1957 (56 ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 13 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Shelley Winter | Miss Shelley Winters


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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In Hollywood, all the marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems. See more »


She had a role in Always (1985) and filmed a few scenes, but at one point she had a tantrum and left the set. Her agent pleaded with her to go back and resume her role, but she refused and her character was replaced. She does not appear in the final film. See more »


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