Shelly, Adrienne 1966-2006

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Shelly, Adrienne 1966-2006

OBITUARY NOTICE— See index for CA sketch: Born June 16, 1966, in New York, NY; died November 1, 2006, in New York, NY. Actor, director, and author. Shelly was a successful actress and director known for her independent film work. She dropped out of Boston University as a junior in order to try to make it as an actress. Her first break came with 1990’s The Unbelievable Truth. This was followed by other films through the 1990s, mostly independent features that eventually led to her reputation as a “quirky” actress who tended to appeared in dark comedies. Among her acting credits are Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (1992), Sleeping with Strangers (1994), Grind (1997), Revolution[H11398]9 (2001), and Factotum (2005). Also appearing Off-Broadway, especially at Manhattan’s Workhouse Theater, as well as on television, Shelly became a writer and director. She wrote and directed Sudden Manhattan (1997), which won the Best Independent Feature Film Award at Portugal’s Trola Film Festival, and I’ll Take You There (1999), for which she won a Film Showcase Jury Award for best director at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. She was also the author of the play Francis Ford Coppola and the Dream of Spring (1997), a television special titled Lois Lives a Little (1997), and the screenplay Urban Legend (1994). Shelly had just completed a new film, Waitress, when she was found dead in her Greenwich Village office. As of November 7, 2006, a construction worker was in police custody for Shelly’s murder.

OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES

BOOKS

Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Volume 32, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 2000.

PERIODICALS

New York Times, November 4, 2006, p. B15.