Shelley Duvall Net Worth

Net Worth

What is the net worth of Shelley Duvall?

Shelley Duvall is an American actress who has a net worth of $500 thousand. Duvall is perhaps best known as Olive Oyl in the 1980 film adaptation of “Popeye” and as Wendy Torrence in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.”

Shelley Duvall’s portrayal of distinct and eccentric characters earned her nominations and awards at the Cannes Film Festival, British Academy Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards.


Duvall was born on July 7, 1949 in Fort Worth, Texas to Bobbie Ruth Crawford and Robert Duvall. Her father worked as a cattle auctioneer and later became a lawyer, while her mother was a real estate broker. She grew up with her three younger brothers – Scott, Shane and Stewart. The family moved often during Duvall’s early years due to her father’s work, but then settled in Houston when she was five. Duvall was interested in art and science and was described as a very energetic child.

Shelley was a straight high school student. After graduating from Waltrip High School in 1967, she enrolled at South Texas Junior College to study nutrition and diet therapy. He also began selling cosmetics at Foley’s Department Store.


In 1970, Shelly married an artist named Bernard Sampson. That same year, she and Bernard hosted a party attended by iconic director Robert Altmanb, who is filming “Brewster McCloud” in Texas. Several of the film’s crew were also there, and many were impressed by Duvall’s unique look and upbeat personality. They asked her if she would like to participate in the film. Although she never acted again, she accepted the offer and flew to Hollywood on her first trip, departing from the state of Texas. She appeared in the film as the main character’s love interest.

Altman then cast Duvall to appear in “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in 1971 and then in “Thieves Like Us” in 1974. She also appeared as one of the ensemble characters in Altman’s comedy “Nashville” in 1975. The following year, she appeared in “Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson,” followed by “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” All these films were directed by Altman. Due to her success, she was invited to host “Saturday Night Live” and appeared in five sketches.

While Duvall had made a name for herself in Hollywood, her true breakout role didn’t come until 1977 when she appeared in the lead role in Robert Altman’s thriller 3 Women. Duvall improvised many of her lines, and her performance received very positive critical reviews and won her the Best Actress Award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. She also received a BAFTA nomination and the LAFCA Award for . best actress

The following year, she had a small role in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. In 1980, she appeared as Wendy Torrance in The Shining opposite Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick. While the film has since become a cult classic and Duvall’s performance in it has received praise, she did not initially receive such good reviews. Nicholson also revealed in Kubrick’s documentary that the filming process was grueling and Kubrick often antagonized the actors to add to the films psychological tension. In particular, he would often isolate Duvall and then put her through grueling filming, reshooting the same scene over 100 times.

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While filming The Shining, Altman cast Duvall as Olive Oyl in the adaptation of Popeye, opposite Robin Williams. The film was both critically and commercially successful, and Duvall in particular received high praise for her portrayal. He then appeared in Time Bandits in 1981 and began hosting, hosting and producing Faerie Tale Theater in 1982. Duvall produced 27 episodes of the show and appeared in seven as well. She continued the show’s success by creating “Tall Tales & Legends” in 1985, which was an anthology series adapting American folk tales. The series lasted nine episodes and Duvall received an Emmy nomination for her work.

Duvall continued to focus on producing and founded a new production company in 1988 called Think Entertainment.

From 1982 to 1987, he produced every aspect of the popular series “Fairytale Theatre”. She has produced several other series for children and teenagers.

She created and produced “Nightmare Classics” in 1989, another anthology series focused on horror stories. In 1992, her company joined the newly formed Universal Family Entertainment. She then created another original series, “Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories,” which eventually earned her a second Emmy nomination. He then created a fifth series, ‘Mrs. Piggle Wiggle,” then sold his company and retired from producing.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Duvall continued to appear in film and television, primarily in guest and supporting roles. He appeared in Portrait of a Lady, Alone, Home Fry, The Mummy Story, The 4th Floor and Manna from Heaven. He then retired in 2002 and has remained largely out of the public eye since then.

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Personal life

Shelley was married to Bernard Sampson from 1970 to 1974. She dated music Paul Simon from 1976 to 1979. . Simon went on to date actress Carrie Fisher, who was introduced to Simon through Duvall.

In 1989 she started living with Dan Gilroy. They had a 3-acre hillside property in Studio City, California, where they kept 36 birds, two cats and eight dogs.

It has long been reported that Shelley left Gilroy, their home, and their animals in the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. In a 2021 interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Shelley seemed to confirm that Northridge was at least partially the reason for her sudden move to Texas, never looking back. In the interview, Shelley also explained that shortly after the earthquake, she had financial problems, and after filming a small part in a Steven Soderbergh movie called “The Underneath”, she decided to visit her mother in Houston . and essentially didn’t return to LA for two decades.

Duvall sold her home in Los Angeles to move to Blanco, Texas, where she now lives.

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