Shelley Winters

Biography, Filmography and YouTube Movies and clips

Shelley Winters, American actress. Biography, filmography, YouTube movies, and clips of her work. She appeared in over one hundred films, and won two Academy Awards.


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See also my article Index to Shelley:Also Known as Shirley

Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift 18 Aug 1922 in St Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Jonas Schrift and Rose Winter.  The family moved while she was a child to Brooklyn, New York when she was three.

After some stage roles, she landed her first film part in 1943's What a Woman!  After more film work, her break-out role was opposite Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in George Stevens' 1951 A Place In The Sun
(Buy it on VHS, or DVD, watch a Seven Minute Interview with Liz.)  The movie was based on the 1925 novel "An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser, which was based on a real-life crime.


  • What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) horror suspense added 25 Sep 09
    • starring Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver
    • Michael MacLiammoir, Agnes Moorehead
    • Two women (Debbie and Shelley) who's sons have been sentenced to life imprisonment for a horrible murder, move to Hollywood together and open a studio to teach children how to dance.  But a mysterious stranger appears to be stalking them in revenge for the crime.  Dennis Weaver as the love interest of Debbie Reynolds.
    • A stunning performance by Shelley Winters.  Brilliant and shocking.


  • Whoever Slew Auntie Roo (1974) horror suspense added 24 Sep 09
    • starring Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson
    • Shelley Winters' young daughter Catherine dies in a tragic accident, upon which she goes a bit nutty and keeps the mummified body for years afterward.  Meanwhile she takes a liking to an orphan girl named Katy (Chloe Franks) about the same age as Catherine was when she died.  Katy's brother (Mark Lester), also an orphan suspects something strange is up and he investigates.
    • Shelly in almost a one-woman show here is amazing, in this Hansel-and-Gretel-like story with a psychotic twist.  A must see.
    • Trivia: You recognize Mark Lester as Oliver Twist in 1968's musical Oliver!

Shelley wrote her autobiography in two or three volumes, the first one called "Shelley: Also Known as Shirley" was a tell-all detailing her life from childhood until about the late 40s or early 50s.

Shelley died 14 Jan 2006, in Beverly Hills, California.

Knols which mention Shelley Winters:

Other resources:
"Shelley Winters", IMDb
"Shelley Winters", Wikipedia
"Shelley Winters", Encyclopaedia Brittania
"Shelley Winters" at CountyHistorian