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Shelley Winters Biography

Birth Name:
Shirley Schrift
Birth Place:
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was the first actress to earn two Best Supporting Actress Oscars
  • Donated her Oscar for her role in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
  • Auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind when she was in her teens
  • Studied acting at New York City's New School for Social Research
  • Had her breakthrough role in the 1947 film A Double Life
  • When director George Stevens didn't let her audition for A Place in the Sun (1951) because she was too pretty, she dyed her hair brown, put on a loose coat and waited in his athletic club's lobby until he spotted her
  • Took her stage name from the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and her mother, Rose Winter
  • Shared an apartment with Marilyn Monroe when they were both starting out
  • When she met Howard Hughes at a Hollywood party, she mistook him for a set decorator

Awards

  • 1978BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1973BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1967Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1965Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1960Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1959Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1952Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1951Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

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