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Adrienne Shelly is a Actor, Director and Author American born on 24 june 1966 at New York City (USA)

Adrienne Shelly

Adrienne Shelly
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Birth name Adrienne Levine
Nationality USA
Birth 24 june 1966 at New York City (USA)
Death 1 november 2006 (at 40 years) at Manhattan (USA)

Adrienne Shelly (June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006), was an American actress, director and screenwriter. She became known for roles in independent films such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth. In late 2006 Shelly was the married mother of an infant daughter and was waiting to see if her film Waitress, would be accepted for the Sundance festival. On November 1, 2006, Shelly was found dead, hanging in the shower of her Greenwich Village work studio apartment. The initial examination of the scene did not reveal any suspicious circumstances, and police apparently believed it to be a suicide. Her husband insisted she would never have taken her own life, and brought about a re-examination of the bathroom that disclosed a suspect footprint. Police arrested a construction worker, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who confessed to killing Shelly and making it look as if she had committed suicide. Shelly's husband established the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which awards scholarships, production grants, finishing funds and living stipends to artists. In her honor, the Women Film Critics Circle gives an annual Adrienne Shelly Award to the film that it finds "most passionately opposes violence against women.


Shelly, who took her professional surname after her late father's given name, was married to Andrew Ostroy, the chairman and CEO of the marketing firm Belardi/Ostroy. They had a daughter, Sophie (born 2003), who was two years old at the time of her mother's death. Shelly described herself as an "optimistic agnostic."

Usually with

Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley
(2 films)
Derrick Tseng
Derrick Tseng
(2 films)
Cheryl Hines
Cheryl Hines
(2 films)
Dean Silvers
Dean Silvers
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Adrienne Shelly (16 films)

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Waitress (2007)
, 1h28
Directed by Adrienne Shelly
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly
Roles Dawn
Rating69% 3.4991053.4991053.4991053.4991053.499105
Jenna (Keri Russell) is a waitress living in the American South, trapped in an unhappy marriage with controlling bully Earl (Jeremy Sisto). She works in Joe's Pie Diner, where her job includes creating inventive pies with unusual titles inspired by her life, such as the "Bad Baby Pie" she invents after her unwanted pregnancy is confirmed. The waitresses show up late for work, talk on the phone, spend much time with personal business, and talk back to the boss. Jenna longs to run away from her dismal marriage, and is slowly accumulating money to do so. She pins her hopes for escape on a pie contest in a nearby town, which offers a $25,000 grand prize, but her husband won't let her go. Her only friends are co-workers Becky (Cheryl Hines) and Dawn (Adrienne Shelly) and regular customer Joe (Andy Griffith), the curmudgeonly owner of the diner and several other local businesses, who encourages her to begin a new life elsewhere.
Factotum (2005)
, 1h34
Directed by Bent Hamer
Origin Norvege
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about writers, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Didier Flamand, Adrienne Shelly
Roles Jerry
Rating65% 3.2980153.2980153.2980153.2980153.298015
Bukowski's picaresque novel, also titled Factotum, was published in 1975. The book and the film both center on the character of Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s alter ego, who appears in much of his fiction. Although events in the book take place in Los Angeles in the 1940s, the setting of the film is contemporary.
Searching for Debra Winger, 1h37
Directed by Rosanna Arquette
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Feminist films, Films about television, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about cities, Political films
Actors Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Julia Ormond, Emmanuelle Béart, Hilary Shepard, Daryl Hannah
Roles Self
Rating63% 3.150423.150423.150423.150423.15042
Le film présente une interview de l'actrice Debra Winger qui s'est brusquement retirée de l'industrie du cinéma alors qu'elle était au sommet de sa carrière (bien qu'elle ait depuis repris son activité d'actrice). Il met en parallèle des interviews d'autres actrices célèbres.
The Atlantis Conspiracy
Directed by Dean Silvers
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Amanda Donohoe, Jeremy Davies, Bill Sage, Joey Dedio, Adrienne Shelly, Paul Calderon
Roles Samantha
Rating40% 2.004072.004072.004072.004072.00407
Lauren Marcus (Amanda Donohoe) reluctantly moves back to New York City and is forced to decide whether she wants to reconnect with the life she abruptly left behind. When a mystery stemming from a suicide draws her in, she and two friends, a young bookie and a cynical federal agent, seek to uncover the truth.
Grind (1997)

Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Billy Crudup, Adrienne Shelly, Paul Schulze, Frank Vincent, Amanda Peet, Arthur J. Nascarella
Roles Janey
Rating56% 2.8084752.8084752.8084752.8084752.808475
A sa sortie de prison, Eddie est accueilli par son grand frère, Terry, marié et jeune père de famille. Tout se complique lorsqu'Eddie a une liaison avec Janey, l'épouse de Terry.
Sleeping with Strangers
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Adrienne Shelly, Alastair Duncan, Kim Huffman, Scott McNeil, Gary Jones, Gabrielle Rose
Roles Jenny
Rating60% 3.011093.011093.011093.011093.01109
A popular actress (Shelly) and a rock star (McNeil) come to a small Canadian town with two competing hotels next door to each other. The rock star is escorted into one of the hotels and the actress checks into the other. Daniel (Duncan), the owner of one of the two hotels, is trying to stay afloat. The other hotel owner, Mark (Thompson), is trying to steal away Daniel's business and his fiancee (Huffman). The paparazzi arrives in town and makes everybody wonder, who is sleeping with whom?
The Road Killers, 1h29
Directed by Deran Sarafian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Christophe Lambert, Craig Sheffer, David Arquette, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Pyper-Ferguson
Roles Red
Rating51% 2.557242.557242.557242.557242.55724
The movie follows the story of Jack Lerolland (Lambert) and his friends and family going for a short country trip. Along the way they are harassed by gangs of murders, led by maniac Cliff (Sheffer). When Cliff kills Jack's brother in a car crash, this is the start of the chain of events which will terrorize the group. Jack is supposedly killed next and the other members of his group are taken to the gangs hideout, with the female members of the group being molested. Meanwhile, Jack is revived and is able to travel to a police station. There he is tricked into a cell and is told to wait there, while the on-duty officer goes to check out the hideout. There, Jack meets Cliff's brother. A police officer later arrives at the hideout and is shot dead by a surprised Cliff. After this incident, Cliff becomes suspicious of some of his gang members and kills one of them. At the station, Jack and Cliff's brother breakout and are about. Jack is again tricked, this time by Cliff's brother, into waiting at the station, while he takes away the police car. Jack subsequently takes another car and reaches the hideout and frees his friends and family.
Teresa's Tattoo, 1h28
Directed by Julie Cypher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors C. Thomas Howell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Matt Adler, Nancy McKeon, Melissa Etheridge, Kiefer Sutherland
Roles Teresa / Gloria
Rating46% 2.3272852.3272852.3272852.3272852.327285
Mathematician Teresa just wanted to study during the College spring break. But her friends, who wanted her to live a little, dragged her out to parties. The next thing she knows, she has been drugged, kidnapped, made a redhead, tattooed, and is wearing leather! It's the old switcheroo in this action comedy that follows the exploits of desperate extortionists. Gloria is a fluffhead with a Chinese dragon tattooed upon her chest. She wears lovely holograph earrings that just happen to contain classified detail of the U.S. space program. She is taken hostage by the bumbling extortionists and their leader Carl, former head of a freezer treat company. Unfortunately for them, Gloria accidentally drowns in their pool when she tangles with a beach ball. Now the crooks must find a lookalike for Gloria. They find her in Teresa, a college girl with a talent for mathematics. She is captured and tattooed. She soon escapes leading the crooks on a merry chase. Joining in the hunt for Teresa is an FBI agent and her new boyfriend.
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, 1h44
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Hillary Wolf, Griffin Dunne, Patricia Kalember, Ben Savage, Adrienne Shelly, Dan Futterman
Roles Stephanie
Rating64% 3.247393.247393.247393.247393.24739
Laura Chartoff is a teenage girl in a large dysfunctional family. After her parent's divorce, her father, David, has now accumulated three more ex-wives, a four year old daughter (with fourth wife Barbara), and is living with Stephanie – who is in advanced pregnancy with his twins. Laura's mother, Melinda, had her own two-day marriage and is now married to her third husband, Keith Power. Keith is a successful businessman and a widower with three kids of his own – resentful adult son Josh, self-obsessed teenaged daughter Corinne (who bonds with her similarly shallow step-mother), and teenaged son Kurt. Added to the mix of siblings and step-siblings is halfbrother and ten year old genius Sam, the result of an unexpected pregnancy for Melinda and Keith.
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me, 1h32
Directed by Joel Hershman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Adrienne Shelly, Sean Young, Diane Ladd
Roles Dannie
Rating60% 3.000913.000913.000913.000913.00091
When small-time criminal Eli (Max Parrish) accidentally shoots his heiress fiancee (Sean Young) in a forced shot-gun wedding, he flees with her fortune. He winds up in a trailer park in El Monte, California. While waiting for fake ID from a shady criminal (Timothy Leary), he meets an assortment of oddball characters at the trailer-park. There's Sabra (Andrea Naschak) a sadistic porno star who collects Barbie dolls; her virginal younger sister Diana (Adrienne Shelly); Olga (Ania Suli) a washed out Hungarian opera singer/actress; her foul-mouthed son Lazlo (Bella Lehcozky), and two aging southern belles (Diane Ladd and her real life mother) who lust after Eli. After Sabra seduces Bud (Eli's new alias), his real problems begin. Sabra wants him for herself, but he's just interested in her sister.
Trust (1990)
, 1h47
Directed by Hal Hartley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Edie Falco, Karen Sillas, Matt Malloy
Roles Maria Coughlin
Rating72% 3.6466853.6466853.6466853.6466853.646685
Trust concerns the unusual romance between two young misfits wandering the same Long Island town. When Maria (Shelly), a recent high school dropout, announces her unplanned pregnancy to her family, her father dies of heart failure, her mother immediately evicts her from the household and her boyfriend breaks up with her. Lonely and with nowhere to go, Maria wanders her town in search of a place to stay. Along the way, she meets Matthew (Donovan), a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
The Unbelievable Truth, 1h30
Directed by Hal Hartley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Adrienne Shelly, Robert John Burke, David Healy, Matt Malloy, Edie Falco, Paul Schulze
Roles Audry
Rating72% 3.647563.647563.647563.647563.64756
Audry is expected to remain with her high-school boyfriend and become a successful fashion model, but she instead becomes interested in a man of mystery, a man with at least one manslaughter in his past. Many characters speculate about how many people he might have killed, and the stories of his past are taller every time they are told. A genius mechanic who is uncomfortable with relationships, he has to learn to adapt to the interest of this woman supposedly beyond his reach, and to learn to trust his instincts when he has to fight to win her back.