Born Today: August 18, 1922 - Shelley Winters

"Winters was born Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Jewish parents Jonas Schrift, a designer of men's clothing, and Rose (Winters), a singer. Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was three years old. She studied in the Hollywood Studio Club, sharing the same bedroom with another beginner: Marilyn Monroe. As the New York Times obituary noted, "A major movie presence for more than five decades, Shelley Winters turned herself into a widely respected actress who won two Oscars". Winters originally broke into Hollywood as "the Blonde Bombshell," but quickly tired of the role's limitations. She washed off her makeup and played against type to set up Elizabeth Taylor's beauty in A Place in the Sun, still a landmark American film. As the Associated Press reported, the general public was unaware of how serious a craftswoman Winters was. "Although she was in demand as a character actress, Winters continued to study her craft. She attended Charles Laughton's Shakespeare classes and worked at the Actors Studio, both as student and teacher."

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A scary scene of Shelley dead and underwater from Charles Laughton's only directorial effort the excellent "The Night of the Hunter"

Tap dancing routine from the movie "Next Stop Greenwich Village"

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