Shelley Duvall rose to stardom when she played the lead roles of Olive Oyl in the live-action Popeye and Wendy Torrance in The Shining. But after over 20 years following her last performance in Manna from Heaven, where's the veteran actress today?
Duvall has returned to the spotlight and revealed why she stepped away from Hollywood in 2002. After his brother was diagnosed with spinal cancer, the now-73-year-old returned to Texas as acting projects also began to decrease.
Shelley Duvall's Longest Sabbatical
In an interview with People, the star revealed that moving back to Texas was the "longest sabbatical" she took.
"But it was for really important reasons—to get in touch with my family again," she said.
The legendary director Robert Altman discovered Duvall, and from there, she started acting after being cast in the 1970 black comedy Brewster McCloud. She then did more Altman films, like McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us, Nashville, and 3 Women.
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The last movie earned her a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She then had a memorable role in Woody Allen's Annie Hall and hosted Saturday Night Live.
She then received acclaim when she played Wendy Torrance opposite Jack Nicholson in the iconic Stanley Kubrick horror movie The Shining and Olive Oyl opposite Robin Williams in Popeye.
Shelley Duvall's Brief Comeback in 2016
When work started to dry out, Duvall decided to return to Texas and kept a low profile in public.
However, she made a brief comeback in 2016 when she appeared in an episode of Dr. Phil, which was criticized for exploiting her "fragile mental state," per Page Six.
At the time, she insisted Williams was still alive, though he had already died of suicide two years prior. She also claimed that he was a "shapeshifter."
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In one of her lucid moments, she also said she needed to get the Bermuda Triangle off her because she didn't want a hairy chest.
"I'm not a Chia Pet," she stated.
After five years, she told The Hollywood Reporter that Dr. Phil took advantage of her mental state back then. "I found out the kind of person he is the hard way," she told the publication.
Shelley Duvall Return to the Limelight
After two decades, Duvall returns to the spotlight, starring in the upcoming horror movie The Forest Hills.
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She remains hopeful of her career, dreaming of winning an Academy Award at 73.
"[Jessica Tandy] won an Oscar when she was 80. I can still win," she said.
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