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Shelley Winters
Birth: Aug. 18, 1920
East Saint Louis
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 2006
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actress. Born Shirley Schrift in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Jewish immigrant Jonas Schrift and Rose Winter. She grew up New York, where she appeared in high school plays. Her professional career began as a nightclub chorus girl and garment district model, but she landed a role on Broadway in 1941, making her debut in ‘The Night Before Christmas' which ran for about two weeks. In 1942, she was appearing on stage in ‘Rosalinda' when she was offered a screen test by Columbia Pictures. She won a contract and a new name. Her film debut was an uncredited bit part in ‘The Racket Man' in 1943. Other early films included ‘Knickerbocker Holiday,' ‘Cover Girl,' and ‘Red River.' At the end of her contract she returned to Broadway, landing the role of Ado Annie in ‘Okalahoma' in the fifth year of its run. The bombshell period of her career came with a contract at Universal Studios where she produced potboilers such as ‘South Sea Sinner,' and ‘Frenchie.' Her transition film might well have been 1948's ‘A Double Life.' She then fought for and won a role in ‘A Place in the Sun' in 1951 and earned her first Oscar nomination. In 1959 she played Petronella Van Daan in ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,' for which she won an Oscar, which she then donated to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Her second Oscar was awarded for her portrayal of a harridan in 1965's ‘Patch of Blue.' She received another Oscar nomination, for 1972's ‘The Poseidon Adventure.' Her last appearance on Broadway was ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, which ran for sixteen performances in 1978. Winters also made the news with her three stormy marriages, the last of which was to actor Tony Franciosa and lasted only three years, and her numerous affairs with men like Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, and William Holden which she documented in two autobiographies; ‘Shelley Also Known as Shirley' published in 1980 and ‘Shelley II: The Middle of My Century' published in 1989. Her last film appearance was ‘La Bomba,' in 1999. She had appeared in over 100 films in her career. She was hospitalized in October 2005 after suffering a heart attack and died at the Rehabilitation Centre of Beverly Hills three month later of heart failure. (bio by: Iola) 
Family links: 
  Jonas Schrift (1891 - 1955)
  Vittorio Gassman (1922 - 2000)*
  Anthony Franciosa (1928 - 2006)*
  Blanche Shrift Boroff (1916 - 2000)*
  Shelley Winters (1920 - 2006)
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart failure 

Beloved Mother, Grandmother
And Actress
Hillside Memorial Park
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Hillside Slope, Block 11, Plot 358, grave 8
GPS (lat/lon): 33.97919, -118.38878
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jim Tipton
Record added: Jan 14, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13021175
Shelley Winters
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Shelley Winters
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Shelley Winters
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The Poseidon Adventure is one of my favorite old movies and you should have won the Oscar. In my mind it was your best performance. Rest in peace, dear lady.
- B.J. Waters
 Added: Sep. 4, 2017

- Pieter
 Added: Sep. 2, 2017

- Suzie Nash
 Added: Aug. 21, 2017
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