Shelley Winters

American actress (1920-2006)

Shelley Winters (born Shirley Schrift; August 18, 1920January 14, 2006) was an American actress.

Shelley Winters circa 1951


  • Every now and then, when you're onstage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live.
  • I think the purpose of the actor is to illuminate the human condition. When you go to a film and you see a good actor, it's because you identify with them—you know what they're feeling—and a good actor draws, I believe, from their own experience. And when it's true for him, it's true for you. If a director imposes a performance or you try to mimic somebody, it can be funny or brilliant, but it isn't moving.
    • On acting, interview with Skip E. Lowe (1989)


  • A pretty face is a passport.

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