January 14, 2006
No More "Mornings After"
Shelley Winters, the forceful, outspoken star who graduated from blond bombshell parts to dramas, winning Academy Awards as supporting actress in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "A Patch of Blue," has died. She was 85.And while I'm sure she would want to be remembered as the bombshell pictured above who became a two-time Oscar winner, I'm afraid she'll always be remembered for this:
But then again, you have to give her props for being completely fearless during her entire career. Plus Shelley was the person who encouraged her former roommate Marilyn Monroe to move to New York City and join Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio (Marilyn left most of her estate to the studio when she died).
Incidently, The Poseidon Adventure was not the first time we saw Shelley underwater. The first time, I believe, was 1955 in the excellent Night of the Hunter starring Robert Mitchum:
All in all, I'd say Ms. Winters had quite the career.
("Belle Rosen" Doll courtesy of Hangbag Productions where you'll find more handmade dolls of all of your favorite Poseidon Adventure characters)