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Adrienne Shelly

  • American actress
  • Born June 24, 1966
  • Died November 1, 2006

Adrienne Levine (June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006), better known by the stage name Adrienne Shelly (sometimes credited as Adrienne Shelley), was an American actress, film director and screenwriter. She became known for roles in independent films such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth and 1990's Trust. She wrote, co-starred in, and directed the 2007 posthumously-released film Waitress, which ultimately won five awards. On November 1, 2006, Shelly was found dead, hanging in the shower of her Greenwich Village work studio apartment.


The way I see it is that love can put an end to this bureaucracy people go through in their relationships. But it can't blind you to the fact that maybe there are bombs, there are problems and the ozone layer is depleting.




I've worked with a lot of directors who really don't have a sense of what the hell they want.




I did a lot of acting when I was a child. I was very shy - the kind of kid who ran into a corner and cried on parents' visiting day.




I think that the actors that I work with feel safer with me. Because they know I understand what they go through and I don't see them as chess pieces.




Theater represents to me this phenomenon in juxtaposition to real life, where there are all these imposed guidelines.



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