https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/features/searching-for-shelley-duvall-the-reclusive-icon-on-fleeing-hollywood-and-the-scars-of-making-the-shining (link included here as otherwise will get lost at bottom of page)
Last time I thought about Shelley Duvall was when I went to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at London’s Design Museum a couple of years back. One of the finest actors of “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls” era Hollywood, she’d pretty much dropped off everyone else’s radar in the mid-90s.
Until a few weeks back, the most (only?) recent sighting of Ms D was the ill-advised car crash interview she did the odious Dr Phil in 2016. When the Hollywood’s Seth Aramovitz tracked her down to Texas, she gave a fascinating interview. She not only shared insights into the films she made with Robert Altman but also talked surprisingly graciously about the trials and tribulations she underwent during Kubrick’s notorious year-plus shooting of The Shining. Incredibly, the 126 takes it took for SK to be happy with the film’s staircase scene (YouTube link below) don’t the world record for the most number of takes on a major film. That record goes to the 148 takes it took to shoot the scene in which Scatman Crothers chef explains the shining to Duvall’s son Danny (Danny Lloyd).
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