Adrienne Shelly

Adrienne Shelly

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1966-06-24 · Deathday: 2006-11-01 (40 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Queens, New York, USA

24 Movies · 3 TV shows

Biography

Adrienne Levine (June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006), better known by the stage name Adrienne Shelly (sometimes credited as Adrienne Shelley), was an American actress, film director and screenwriter. She became known for roles in independent films such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth and 1990's Trust. She wrote, co-starred in, and directed the 2007 posthumously-released film Waitress.On November 1, 2006, Shelly was found dead, hanging in the shower of her West Village work studio apartment. The initial examination of the scene did not reveal any suspicious circumstances, and police apparently believed it to be a suicide. Her husband insisted she would never have taken her own life, and brought about a re-examination of the bathroom that disclosed a suspect footprint. Police arrested Diego Pillco, a 19-year-old, who confessed to killing Shelly and making it look as if she had committed suicide.Shelly's husband established the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which awards scholarships, production grants, finishing funds, and living stipends to artists. In her honor, the Women Film Critics Circle gives an annual Adrienne Shelly Award to the film that it finds "most passionately opposes violence against women."

Personal Life

Shelly, who took her professional surname from her late father's given name, was married to Andy Ostroy, the chairman and CEO of the marketing firm Belardi/Ostroy. They had a daughter, Sophie (born 2003), who was two years old at the time of her mother's death. Shelly described herself as an "optimistic agnostic."

Early Life

Shelly was born Adrienne Levine in Queens to Sheldon M. Levine and Elaine Langbaum. She had two brothers, Jeff and Mark, and was raised on Long Island. She began performing when she was about 10 at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. Shelly made her professional debut in a summer stock production of the musical Annie while a student at Jericho High School in Jericho, New York. She went on to Boston University, majoring in film production, but dropped out after her junior year and moved to Manhattan.

Movies & TV shows

2010.

1 Movie
Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and Its Consequences

Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and Its Consequences

2010
A series of impromptu interviews with Hal Hartley, Adrienne Shelly, and some of Hartley's other most frequent collaborators on his style, career, and process.

2009.

1 Movie
Serious Moonlight

Serious Moonlight

2009
A high-powered attorney tapes her husband to the toilet. Their home is going to be invaded.

2007.

1 Movie
Waitress

Waitress

10
2007
A pregnant waitress is in the deep south. She met a new person in her town and fell in love.

2005.

1 Movie
Factotum

Factotum

2005
Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. ...

2002.

2 Movies
Revolution #9

Revolution #9

2002
A handsome and successful young man with a lovely fiancée, James Jackson seems to have everything going for him, but his life begins to unravel when he develops an acute sense of paranoia. At first, h...
Searching for Debra Winger

Searching for Debra Winger

2002
As women working in the entertainment industry, they face a lot of pressures.

2001.

2 Movies
The Atlantis Conspiracy

The Atlantis Conspiracy

2001
Lauren Marcus (Amanda Donohoe) reluctantly moves back to New York City and is forced to decide whether she wants to reconnect with the life she abruptly left behind. When a mystery stemming from a sui...
Dead Dog

Dead Dog

2001
Tom and Perri are a successful couple living in New York City with their dog. Tom was angry that someone would drive away from the scene of the accident without any remorse and that he was crushed by ...

1999.

1 Movie
I'll Take You There

I'll Take You There

1999
A man is forced to move forward by a woman after his wife dumps him.

1998.

1 Movie
Wrestling with Alligators

Wrestling with Alligators

1998
All that Maddy Hawkins has ever wanted was a family she could call her own. Even in 1959, the simplest things are difficult to find...Maddy, a street-wise teenage runaway, believes she has created thi...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Grind

Grind

1997
When a hard-luck parolee moves in with his brother in hopes of a fresh start, he's sure to be warm for his brother's bored young wife. He tried to turn a quick buck in an insurance fraud operation.
TV
Oz

Oz

5.88
1997
The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where in groups of Muslims, Latinos, Italians, and Aryans stick close to their friends and enem...
Lois Lives a Little

Lois Lives a Little

1997
Adrienne Shelly's 1997 short film

1996.

1 Movie
Sudden Manhattan

Sudden Manhattan

1996
Donna saw the murders on the street. Is it a supernatural conspiracy or is she cracking up?

1994.

5 Movies
Sleeping with Strangers

Sleeping with Strangers

1994
Daniel is in danger of losing his inn after another more modern establishment opens next door and steals his guests. He goes to the bank for a loan, but they tell him to hope for a miracle. Then a lim...
Opera No. 1

Opera No. 1

1994
Hal Hartley made a short film.
The Road Killers

The Road Killers

1994
After a young boy is almost run over by a maniac on a highway, a re-enactment and confrontation by the boy's father with the driver sets off conflicts with a carful of maniacs.
Teresa's Tattoo

Teresa's Tattoo

1994
Mathematician Teresa just wanted to study during the College spring break. But her friends, who want her to live a little, drag her out to parties. The next thing she knows, she has been drugged, kidn...
Sleep with Me

Sleep with Me

4
1994
The romantic comedy features the marriage and turbulent relationship of Joseph and Sarah, with Joseph's best friend Frank trying hard to cope with letting the love of his life marry his best friend. S...

1993.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Hexed

Hexed

1993
Matthew has a chance to go on a date with a model by pretending he is someone else. She tries to kill him on the date, but all the evidence points to Matthew. Gloria, who has been wishing Matthew woul...
TV
Homicide: Life on the Street

Homicide: Life on the Street

6
1993
An American police procedural depicts a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit.

1992.

2 Movies
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me

Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me

1992
Eli was caught in the act by Twinkle, an heiress who coerced him into a sexual relationship. He is a fugitive in search of a new identity after their violent break-up. A man lands in a trailer park an...
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even

Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even

1992
A girl fed up with her quirky, dysfunctional family runs away from home, causing all of them to spend time with each other.

1990.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Trust

Trust

1990
Maria, a pregnant high school dropout, met Matthew, an electronics repairman, after being thrown away from home. The two begin a romance that is built on mutual admiration and trust.
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, follows a crime.
Lonely in America

Lonely in America

1990
After immigrating to New York City, a native of East India stumbles his way onto the corporate fast-track.

1989.

1 Movie
The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth

1989
Josh and Audry meet in Josh's hometown where he served time for murder. Josh can't remember what he did.
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