One of my favorite actresses turns 61 today, so I wanted to give her a shout-out since she’s super underrated. Shelley Duvall was a staple in some of the best and oddest movies of the ’70s and ’80s and has unfortunately fallen off the radar since.
You might recognize her from playing a quirky groupie, a quirky terrified wife, a quirky Woody Allen-fucker, and a quirky best friend
to a Jew.
But she was also in the coolest, weirdest quirky movie ever, Brewster McCloud, and this photo is awesome in so many ways. (Shelley Duvall. Bud Cort. Horizontal Stripes.)
Shelley Duvall was so prominent in my childhood, she might as well have raised me (no offense, mom). Not only did she chill with Muppets and play Olive Oyl in Popeye, but she was in more obscure movies that I was addicted to as a kid, like Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Frog. She also produced and starred in a couple of mindfucks known as Faerie Tale Theatre and Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme. In Theatre, she was most memorable in the creepiest Rumpelstiltskin incarnation ever. And Rock N Rhyme showed a postmodern rhyme land where Mary and her Lamb were an abusive trailer-trash couple played by Cyndi Lauper and Woody Harrelson (hell yeah, video evidence).
Duvall’s voice was quirky enough that Paul Thomas Anderson (probably my favorite director) put her song “He Needs Me” in his movie Punch-Drunk Love (the song was written by Harry Nilsson, one of my favorite singers. Is this the six-degrees-of-shit-I-love game?).
And if that wasn’t enough, this Youtube clip, from one of her last movies before she retired from acting, features not only her, but Juliette Lewis (my favorite
crazy bitch actress) and Artie Lang (my favorite crazy asshole drug-addict comedian now that Chris Farley’s dead). I don’t need religion when I have discoveries like this:
Does anyone else love this chick as much as I do? Wes Anderson needs to call her up, ’cause I’m rooting for a comeback.