Shelly, Adrienne 1966–2006

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Shelly, Adrienne 1966–2006


Original name, Adrienne Levine; born June 24, 1966 (some sources cite June 30), in Queens, New York; murdered, November 1, 2006, in New York, NY. Actress, director, and writer. Shelly was a fixture in the independent film scene, working first as an actress then moving on to writing and directing. Her first film appearances were in 1990 in the independent films The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, both directed by independent filmmaker Hal Hartley. Shelly also worked in theatre with New York's Workhorse Theatre. She appeared in such films as Big Girls Don't Cry … They Get Even, Sleeping with Strangers, and Dead Dog. Shelly also dabbled in television, guest starring in episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, and Law & Order. Her first writing and directing credit was for the short film Urban Legend in 1994. In 1997 she wrote, directed, and appeared in Sudden Manhattan, a comedy. Two years later she wrote, directed, and appeared in another comedy, I'll Take You There. Shelly's final film was Waitress, which she also wrote and directed. It was released posthumously in 2007.


New York Times, November 4, 2006.

Playbill, November 3, 2006.

Variety, November 13, 2006.

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