Shelley Duvall Net Worth

We sure love our actresses. Shelley Duvall is no exception. As an Actress, producer, writer, singer, comedian from Houston, Texas, USA. Born on July 7, 1949 into the family of Robert Duvall, Bobbie Crawford Stewart Duvall, Shane Duvall, Scott Duvall, this American woman is famous for her many roles on large and small movies as well as TV. Standing at 5′ 8″ (1.73 m), Shelley Duvall studied and graduated from South Texas Junior College. The actress’ family is comprised of her spouse Bernard Sampson (1970-1974), kids unknown. As most of famous actresses, Shelley Duvall has amassed a large net worth with a lot of money under her name. Successful box office hits and terrific performances on the small and large screen have earned this woman tons of accolades and recognition across the board. So, what about numbers? Her net worth is calculated to be $5 Million.

Read more about Shelley Duvall Biography

To begin with, Duvall is the daughter of attorney Robert R. Duvall, and Bobbie Crawford. She has a brother Stewart. Shelley studied at the South Texas Junior College.

Shelley was discovered by Robert Altman while working in a cosmetics shop, and began her career in the 1970s in films directed by the previously mentioned director. To give examples, she debuted in the film “Brewster McCloud” (1970), then starred in films including “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971), “Thieves Like Us” (1974) and “Nashville” (1975). Later, the actress starred in movies directed by Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. In 1977, Duvall won a Cannes Film Festival Award in the category of the Best Actress as well as won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award in the same category for her portrait of Millie Lammoreaux in Altman’s film “3 Women” (1977). The same year Duvall appeared in the lead role in the romantic comedy film “Annie Hall” (1977) co-written and directed by Woody Allen.

Another significant role was that of Wendy opposite Jack Nicholson in the psychological thriller “The Shining” (1980), adapted from the Stephen King novel, and written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick; yet the actress failed to succeed as after the film release she was nominated for a Razzie Award as the Worst Actress, despite the film ultimately being listed as one of the best of its genre.

In the early 1980s, Duvall starred in “Popeye” (1980) and “Time Bandits” (1981). Afterwards, she devoted herself to the work of executive producing, for the television films including “Popples” (1986), “Frog” (1987), “Stories from Growing up” (1991) and “Backfield in Motion” (1991). In addition to this, she worked as a creator, writer and producer of the series “Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories” (1992 – 1993) and “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” (1994). However, she got back to the big screen in the main cast of the films “The Underneath” (1995), “The Portrait of a Lady” (1996), “Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), “Home Fries” (1998), “Tale of the Mummy” (1998), “Dreams in the Attic” (2000) and “Manna from Heaven” (2002). In 2002, the actress retired from full-time work, but she still appears occasionally on television and in movies.

Finally, in the personal life of the actress, she married Bernard Sampson in 1973, but they divorced in 1977. Duvall has been in relationships with Paul Simon (1976 – 1978) and Stanley Wilson (1979 – 1981). She is known as an animal lover, and since retirement keeps herself very much to herself, living in Blanco, Texas.

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  • Full Name: Shelley Duvall
  • Net Worth: $5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 7, 1949
  • Place Of Birth: Houston, Texas, USA
  • Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
  • Profession: Actress, producer, writer, singer, comedian
  • Education: South Texas Junior College
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Bernard Sampson (1970-1974)
  • Parents: Robert Duvall, Bobbie Crawford
  • Siblings: Stewart Duvall, Shane Duvall, Scott Duvall
  • Partner: Paul Simon (1976-1978), Stanley Wilson (1979 – 1981)
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  • Awards: LAFCA Award, Cannes Film Festival Award in the category of the Best Actress (1977), Peabody Award (1984)
  • Nominations: Razzie Award for Worst Actress, NSFC Award – Best Actress, NYFCC Award – Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress (1978), Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated and Children’s Program (1992), Gemini Award for Best Performance as a Guest Role in Dramatic Series (1998)
  • Movies: “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971), “Thieves Like Us” (1974), “Nashville” (1975), “3 Women” (1977), “Annie Hall” (1977), “The Shining” (1980), “The Underneath” (1995)
  • TV Shows: “Popples” (1986), “Frog” (1987), “Stories from Growing up” (1991), “Backfield in Motion” (1991), “Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories” (1992 – 1993), “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” (1994), “Faerie Tale Theatre”, “Manna from Heaven” (2002)


  • [on The Shining (1980) and Stanley Kubrick]: Stanley’s head to head approach brought the very best out of Jack, Scatman, me, Danny, everybody. The mixture of anger, frustration, and ideas made the film really fly. I might have hated him at the time, but I now see him as a really important filmmaker who gave me the role of my life and made me the sort of actress I never dared think I’d become.
  • I’m not a fan of CGI, I think it’s a bit lazy. Look at what many filmmakers accomplished before it came along!
  • Tim Burton is just a gem. He is very quiet and shy, believe it or not, but very funny too.
  • There have been many amazing movies in the last decade or so. I always wonder what Stanley Kubrick would have done if he directed Inception (2010) or Donnie Darko (2001). I enjoyed them both.
  • I struggled to get a decent acting job for years, before finally giving it a rest for a while. It would be great to start all over again, if the right role came along.
  • [on Robert Altman] Bob is like family, I trust him almost implicitly. He would never do anything to hurt me. Bob won my trust right at the beginning. He encouraged me to be myself, to never take acting lessons or to take myself too seriously.
  • When I play a character, at that moment nothing else exists. Certainly no theory. I try not to intellectualize.
  • [on working with Stanley Kubrick] Well, of course, Robert Altman was almost the only director I’d ever worked with. It was time for me to test my own legs. There was a kind of possessiveness about Bob. He put me in so many of his films, but apart from him, I wasn’t getting offered a lot of roles – hardly any, for that matter. It was like he was the only one with any confidence in me. So here was my chance to work with Kubrick.
  • Acting isn’t difficult. You just do it. Everybody in life acts anyhow, President Nixon, The Pope, even John Lennon.
  • [on director Robert Altman] Nobody else calls him “Pirate” ‘cept me. That’s ‘cuz I think he’s the bravest, toughest, most imaginative man I’ve ever met.
  • I might get killed, but I wouldn’t die. I’d be born again as another me – or a lampshade, but I’ll be on earth – always… (I) believe in everything and everybody existing forever and on and on in the same or other forms.
  • If I had listened to everyone who told me no, I’d never have gotten anything accomplished. When I really believe in something and someone says, “You can’t do it,” it just spurs me on.
  • Life is all about movement, and when you stop moving, you’re dead! That’s my big philosophy — it’s all about motion. Life can change in the blinking of an eye, so you just have to appreciate every minute and keep going.
  • [on filming The Shining (1980)] That was a life experience like the Vietnam War probably was for veterans. It was grueling — six days a week, 12- to 16-hour days, half an hour off for lunch, for a year and one month. The role demanded that I cry for, whew, at least nine of those months. Jack [Nicholson] had to be angry all the time, and I had to be in hysterics all the time. It was very upsetting.
  • [on working with Woody Allen on Annie Hall (1977)] He wanted “Faster! Faster!” That was my main note from him. He likes the dialogue to be fast and for a Texan, especially one who’d only been to New York a couple of times at that point, it was very difficult.
  • [on her memorable role in Popeye (1980)] God, as a child, I was so embarrassed when the kids would call me “Olive Oyl” because it meant you were skinny as a rail, you had sparrow legs, and an Adam’s apple. I mean, who wants to admit she was born to play Olive Oyl?
  • Don’t let any setback defeat you. The world doesn’t end just because one thing goes wrong.
  • [on filming Nashville (1975)] Lily Tomlin said we were like twenty-four big kids in a play pen. Which is absolutely true.
  • The trick to acting is not to be afraid. If you’re not afraid of making mistakes, you usually don’t make them.
  • When I turned 18, I felt I was grown up. Then when I was 21, I reflected, “Boy, I was just a kid then; now I’m grown up.” The same thing happened when I was 27. It wasn’t until I was in my early 30s that I realized it was a futile goal to have. You’re never grown up. We’re all still dealing with the same hopes, same fears, same dreams that we had as children.
  • [on working with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining (1980)] For a person so charming and so likable – indeed lovable – he can do some pretty cruel things when you’re filming. Because it seemed to me, at times, that the end justified the means. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Why? Because of Stanley, and it was a fascinating learning experience. But I wouldn’t want to go through it again.
  • [on director Terry Gilliam] Terry is one of those people that everybody wants to please, because he has such a great sense of humor, and he cares so much about his work, that he just makes everyone else care. Terry really is a true artist. In every way, he lives and breathes his work, and enjoys the hell out of it.
  • [on Stanley Kubrick’s method of shooting multiple takes of every scene] Have you seen the film Groundhog Day (1993)? Well, that’s what it was like.


  • Was directed by six Academy Award winners: Robert Altman, Emile Ardolino, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Campion, Woody Allen, and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Filmmaker Robert Altman cast her in seven films.
  • Residing in and around Blanco, Texas since 1994. [2009]
  • Guest of honor at the International Children’s Film Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. [1997]
  • Was in France, attending the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, when she heard she’d gotten the role of Wendy Torrence in The Shining (1980).
  • Named after “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley.
  • Said she based her characterization of “Olive Oyl” on a combination of Stan Laurel and Mae West.
  • Was Robert Altman’s second choice for the role of “Sheila Shea” in A Perfect Couple (1979), the role having been originally written for Sandy Dennis. However, when Dennis left the project, Altman offered it to Duvall, but as she had already begun production on The Shining (1980), she couldn’t commit. The role ultimately went to Marta Heflin.
  • At director Stanley Kubrick’s insistence, she and Jack Nicholson performed 127 takes of the baseball bat scene in The Shining (1980), which broke a world-record for the most retakes of a single movie scene with spoken dialogue. Shelley said she learned more from working with Kubrick on that film than she did on all her previous films.
  • Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake that damaged her Los Angeles home, she left California and since then has lived primarily in Blanco, Texas, where she remains fairly reclusive.
  • Was Guy Maddin’s only choice for the role of “Amelia Glahn” in Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997).
  • Learned Italian to play “Countess Gemini” in The Portrait of a Lady (1996).
  • Is a huge fan of Sean Connery, and was lured by Terry Gilliam into making Time Bandits (1981) under the assumption that she would be working with him. Gilliam called Duvall while she was completing work on Popeye (1980) to ask her to appear in the film. When she displayed reluctance, Gilliam, knowing her adoration of Connery, told her “Sean Connery’s going to be in it,” to which Duvall immediately replied, “I’ll do it.” As it turned out, they didn’t share any scenes together. She later laughed this off, crediting Gilliam’s “devilish” sense of humor.
  • Was intended to star opposite Paul Simon in One-Trick Pony (1980), which Simon wrote as a vehicle for the two of them while they were in a relationship during the late ’70s. However, after their split and Duvall’s departure for England to film The Shining (1980), Simon made the film with Blair Brown.
  • Studied at the renowned Actors Studio in New York, during the early 1970s, however dropped out after only a few classes as she found the process too analytical and technical. She left and returned to her own instinctive, organic approach to acting.
  • Once owned the film rights to Tom Robbins’ “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.” Despite being signed by Warner Bros. in 1980 to write and star in her own adaptation of the book, the project fell through and she gave up the rights after four years.
  • Turned down a role in Robert Altman’s A Wedding (1978).
  • Got hooked on cigarettes after having to smoke for her role in Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us (1974).
  • Pauline Kael once referred to her as “The Female Buster Keaton”.
  • Played chess with Stanley Kubrick between takes on The Shining (1980).
  • Once lived with 11 dogs, 12 parrots, and 58 finches, budgies, and cockateels.
  • Was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in December 1985 as an innovator in video programming.
  • Served as chairman for the 1987 Golden ACE committee for the National Cable Television Academy’s ACE Awards.
  • Served as secretary of the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the National Academy of Cable Programming.
  • Was romantically involved with Paul Simon from 1976 to 1979. He was the one to tell her she had won Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977). He broke up with her at the airport as she was about to board a plane to London to begin filming The Shining (1980).
  • Was the only performer of the ’70s to work with three of the decade’s most revered directors, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas in 1967. Patrick Swayze and wrestler Mark Calaway (aka The Undertaker) graduated from the same high school.
  • Milos Forman considered her for the role of the prostitute in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). While screening Thieves Like Us (1974) to see if she was right for the role, he became interested in Louise Fletcher, who had a supporting role, and decided to cast her as “Nurse Ratched”.
  • Daughter of attorney Robert R. Duvall (not the actor) and Bobbie Crawford.
  • Sister of Stewart Duvall.
  • Was discovered in 1970 by Brian McKay and Tommy Thompson, who spotted her at a party while scouting locations for Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud (1970) in Houston, Texas. At the time, she was majoring in nutrition and diet therapy at South Texas Junior College and working as a cosmetics salesperson at a Foley’s department store. Although she had no prior acting experience, she was casted by Altman in the film and won a three-picture contract with MGM for her performance.


  • Wide eyes, toothy smile, and lanky figure
  • Playing quirky and eccentric characters


Title Year Status Character
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1994 TV Series executive producer – 2 episodes
Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories 1992-1993 TV Series executive producer – 5 episodes
Stories from Growing Up 1991 TV Movie executive producer
Backfield in Motion 1991 TV Movie executive producer
Nightmare Classics TV Series executive producer – 1 episode, 1989 producer – 1 episode, 1989
Frog 1987 TV Movie executive producer
Faerie Tale Theatre TV Series executive producer – 25 episodes, 1982 – 1987 producer – 2 episodes, 1983 – 1986
Popples 1986 TV Movie executive producer
Tall Tales & Legends TV Series executive producer – 9 episodes, 1985 – 1986 producer – 3 episodes, 1985 – 1986
Title Year Status Character
Manna from Heaven 2002 Detective Dubrinski
Dreams in the Attic 2000 TV Movie Nellie
Big Monster on Campus 2000 Mrs. Stein
The 4th Floor 1999 Martha Stewart
The Hughleys 1999 TV Series Mrs. Crump
Maggie Winters 1998 TV Series Muriel
Home Fries 1998 Mrs. Jackson
Casper Meets Wendy 1998 Video Gabby
Tale of the Mummy 1998 Edith Butros
The Player 1997 TV Movie
Alone 1997 TV Movie Estelle
Wishbone 1997 TV Series Renee Lassiter
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1997 TV Series Ocka
RocketMan 1997 Mrs. Randall (uncredited)
Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework 1997 Mrs. Fink
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 1997 Amelia Glahn
Changing Habits 1997 Sister Agatha
Adventures from the Book of Virtues 1997 TV Series Fairy
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes 1997 TV Series Alice Flitt
The Portrait of a Lady 1996 Countess Gemini
Frasier 1995 TV Series Caroline
The Underneath 1995 Nurse
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1994 TV Series
L.A. Law 1994 TV Series Margo Stanton
Frogs! 1993 TV Movie Annie
The Ray Bradbury Theater 1992 TV Series Leota Bean
Suburban Commando 1991 Jenny Wilcox
Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme 1990 TV Movie Little Bo Peep
Frog 1987 TV Movie Mrs. Anderson
Roxanne 1987 Dixie
The Twilight Zone 1986 TV Series Margaret (segment “A Saucer of Loneliness”)
Frankenweenie 1984 Short Susan Frankenstein
Booker 1984 TV Short Laura Burroughs
Twilight Theater 1982 TV Movie
Time Bandits 1981 Dame Pansy
Popeye 1980 Olive Oyl
The Shining 1980 Wendy Torrance
3 Women 1977 Millie Lammoreaux
Annie Hall 1977 Pam
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Patron
Bernice Bobs Her Hair 1976 TV Movie Bernice
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson 1976 The First Lady (Mrs. Grover Cleveland)
Baretta 1976 TV Series Aggie
Nashville 1975 L. A. Joan
Thieves Like Us 1974 Keechie
Love, American Style 1973 TV Series Bonnie Lee (segment “Love and the Mr. and Mrs.”)
Cannon 1973 TV Series Liz Christie
McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971 Ida Coyle
Brewster McCloud 1970 Suzanne Davis
Title Year Status Character
Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories 1992 TV Series writer – 4 episodes
Popples 1986 TV Movie story
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories 1992-1993 TV Series composer – 5 episodes
Title Year Status Character
Punch-Drunk Love 2002 performer: “He Needs Me”
Popeye 1980 performer: “He Needs Me”, “Sail With Me”, “He’s Large” – uncredited
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Frankenweenie 2012 special thanks
Title Year Status Character
Cinderella: Rocked, Wired & Bluesed – The Greatest Video Hits 2005 Video Herself (Segment: “Shelter Me”)
E! True Hollywood Story 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Directors 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures 2001 Documentary Herself
Good Morning, Texas 2000 TV Series Herself – Guest
Charlie Rose 1999 TV Series Wendy Torrance
Reel to Reel 1998 TV Movie Herself
Debra Duncan 1998 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Herself – Guest
Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight 1997 Documentary Herself
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson 1994 TV Special Herself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1994 TV Series Herself – Guest
Newton’s Apple 1994 TV Series Herself
Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories 1992-1994 TV Series Herself – Host
John & Leeza from Hollywood 1993 TV Series Herself
The 1993 Annual Vision Awards 1993 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1993 TV Series Herself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Herself – Guest
An American Saturday Night 1991 TV Movie Herself
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards 1991 TV Special Herself – Winner
The Chipmunks: Rockin’ Through the Decades 1990 TV Movie Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself – Guest
Steven Spielberg: An American Cinematheque Tribute 1989 TV Movie Herself
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
The 9th Annual CableACE Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
Earthquake Survival 1987 Documentary Hostess / Narrator
Faerie Tale Theatre 1982-1987 TV Series Herself – Host / Narrator / Snow White’s Mother / …
The 8th Annual Cable ACE Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Tall Tales & Legends 1985-1986 TV Series Herself – Host / Clementine
Mr. Bill’s Real Life Adventures 1986 Short Herself
Hour Magazine 1985 TV Series Herself
The Secret World of the Very Young 1984 TV Movie Herself – Performer
Entertainment Tonight 1984 TV Series Herself
The 5th Annual Cable Ace Awards 1983 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The Fairest of Them All 1983 TV Movie Herself
Fridays 1981 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1981 TV Series Herself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Herself
Clapper Board 1981 TV Series Herself
Making ‘The Shining’ 1980 TV Short documentary Herself
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Herself – Host / Various / Herself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Herself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Altman 2014 Documentary Herself
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Wendy Torrence
Room 237 2012/I Documentary Wendy Torrance (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Wendy Torrance
Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel 2006 TV Movie documentary Wendy Torrance (uncredited)
VM Show Vol. 2 2005 TV Series Wendy Torrance
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dan Aykroyd 2005 Video Bad Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
A Conversation with Robert Altman 2000 Video documentary short Marthe / L. A. Joan (uncredited)
The Best of Dan Aykroyd 1986 Video Bad Ballet Dancer
Clapper Board 1981 TV Series


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