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Overview (4)

Born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (homicide)
Birth NameAdrienne Levine
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The late Adrienne Shelly was born in Queens, New York, to Elaine Langbaum and Sheldon Levine. After graduating Jericho High School in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University and majored in film production. She dropped out after her junior year and moved to Manhattan, where she made a name for herself in independent films with her work in The Unbelievable Truth (1989) and Trust (1990). She eventually moved behind the camera, writing and directing I'll Take You There (1999) and Waitress (2007) (her final film).

On November 1, 2006, Adrienne Shelly was murdered. She was survived by her husband Andy Ostroy and their daughter Sophie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Family (1)

Spouse Andy Ostroy (21 December 2002 - 1 November 2006)  (her death)  (1 child)

Trivia (16)

Studied at Boston University, but dropped out after her junior year and moved to Manhattan, NY.
Listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' "Screen World", Vol. 43.
Has a daughter, Sophie Ostroy, who was born in 2003, with her husband, Andy Ostroy.
Grew up on Long Island, NY.
Used a Greenwich Village fourth-floor apartment as her office, located at 15 Abingdon Square.
In order to honor the memory of his wife, Andy Ostroy decided to create www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org, a nonprofit foundation that will benefit female filmmakers. Ostroy announced his intention to create this foundation 13 days after Shelly's murder.
Of Russian Jewish descent, she made her professional debut in the stage production of "Annie" while a student at Jericho (NY) High School.
Was working on Waitress (2007), starring Keri Russell, at the time of her murder; she was the film's writer and director.
Best known for her association with independent filmmaker Hal Hartley.
Her death was first considered a suicide. Days later, a 19-year-old Ecuadorian illegal immigrant and construction worker confessed to slaying the actress, whom he left hanging by a bedsheet from a shower rod in the bathroom of her Manhattan office/apartment. She was found by her husband.
Her husband, Andy Ostroy, is the chairman and CEO of Belardi/Ostroy ALC LLC, a list-services firm.
Her professional surname was the first name of her father, who died when she was only 12.
Wrote the script to Waitress (2007) while expecting her daughter, Sophie Ostroy, who also appears in the movie.
Her killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Diego Pillco, an illegal immigrant, admitted strangling her after she caught him trying to rob her apartment. He also confessed to hanging her and staging it as a suicide. At the time he was helping to renovate an apartment in the same West Village building where she had an office. He said he panicked when she discovered him stealing from her purse and threatened to call the police.
The particulars of her murder are re-imagined and dramatized in an episode of Law & Order (1990) (1990-2010). The episode is Law & Order: Melting Pot (2007) (16 Feb 2007) Season #17, Episode #15.
In her memory, her widower, Andy Ostroy. created the Adrienne Shelly Foundation--a nonprofit organization that awards grants to female actors, writers, and/or directors of short films, feature films, and documentaries. The foundation was established in 2007 after Shelly was murdered in 2006 at the age of 40. Among the films supported by a Shelly Foundation grant are the features The 40-Year-Old Version (2018), Night Comes On (2014), and Pariah (2009), and the documentaries Roll Red Roll (2018), Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017), The Wolfpack (2015), and Freeheld (2007), which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject. The foundation also gave an early short film grant to Chloé Zhao, who eight years later became the second woman in history to win the Academy Award for Best Director.

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