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Schrift, Shirley

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 2006 AD

1920 – Shirley Schrift was born on August 18th in St. Louis, Montana. Two-time Oscar-winning actress Shelley Winters borrowed her stage name from her favorite poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and her mother’s maiden name, Winter.

1935 – She left school at 15 to work as a counter clerk and model while studying drama and entering beauty pageants, determined to make it as an actress.

1941 – For her first appearance on Broadway, a play called The Night Before Christmas, she needed to join the union, Actors Equity, and had to borrow $25 from her sister for dues — a fortune in those days.

1943 – Her first film was What A Woman!, but the titular woman was Rosalind Russell. For years, Winters’ roles were small, inconsequential, and rarely noticed.

1947 – She first gained notice in The Double Life.

1952 – Married to Vittorio Gassman.

1957 – Married to Tony Franciosa.

1959-1962 – Her classics include Winchester ’73, The Night of the Hunter, the Diary of Anne Frank and the Lolita.

         – Received her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Diary of Anne Frank. She donated her Oscar for The Diary of Anne Frank to the Anne Frank museum.

         – Winters was among the sponsors of a very controversial advertisement in The New York Times, along with Eleanor Roosevelt and Diahann Carroll, for "The Committee to Defend Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for Freedom in the South". Gloria Steinem once said that Winters helped lay the groundwork for the women’s movement, by portraying victims who fought back.

1964 – Earned her Emmy award for Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre "Two Is The Number".

1966 – Received her second Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for A Patch of Blue.

1973 – She received a Golden Globe award for the Poseidon Adventure.

1980 – Wrote her memoir, Shelley: Also Known as Shirley.

1989 – Wrote another memoir, Shelley II: The Middle of My Century.

1991 – Showed up drunk on her first day of shooting of The Linguini Incident and was fired by director Richard Shepard.

2005 – Suffered a heart attack on October 14th.

2006 – Died from heart failure on January 14th in Beverly Hilss, California.