Actresses who are strong and fearless on screen strongly appeal to me for some reason. Perhaps it is because they know how to “tell it like it is” and are not afraid to show all facets of themselves. They bring great – and much needed – realism to their roles yet they are still able to make you dream of bigger things. Shelley Winters was an incredible thespian who had all of the qualities described above and more. She was versatile and almost always intense, starring in an array of different genres and proving that she was cut out for them all. Never afraid to speak her mind whether it was about her personal life or politics, she could easily alienate some who thought that she was both too mouthy and too bold. (Even Shelley would never deny that she loved to be the centre of attention!) What remains uncontested, however, is her talent and the impact that she had on both classic and contemporary cinema.

Shelley is a two-time Oscar winner as Best Supporting Actress for her roles in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and A Patch of Blue (1965). She received her first Academy Award nomination for her breakout role 1951’s A Place in the Sun, a film which she fought hard to get and which forever changed her life. In addition, she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in the Poseidon Adventure (1972), also receiving nominations for Lolita (1962), Alfie (1966) and Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976). Her career spanned 63 years and over 7 decades. To put it mildly, she was awe-inspiring.

Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I are so excited to collaborate together for this blogathon to salute Shelley Winters, an actress who we both lovingly admire.

Click Here to visit the sublime Gill‘s annoucement page for the blogathon! Isn’t she a strudel? 😀


The Rules:

  1. We will be allowing only two duplicates per entry (topic, movie or TV show) and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as we won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
  2. You can write about anything you like pertaining to Shelley’s film career, television appearances she made, books she wrote and her friendships & relationships with her fellow classic film stars, and so on.
  3. You can also add podcasts on Shelley or her work but only if you send us the podcast link by our Contact Me pages.
  4. We will not accept entries which are uncomplimentary or disrespectful to Shelley or her work. This blogathon is dedicated to her life and career and we want to celebrate everything about Shelley.
  5. Review choices can be added as a comment on this page or you can reach us through our Contact Me pages. Either way please add the name and URL of your blog along with your entry choice. You can also send us a Direct Message via Twitter. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto one of us and we’ll post it for you.
  6. You are invited to take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. We’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
  7. Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice. A full list of blogs, podcasters and review choices will be posted on a separate page and updated regularly.
  8. Just to reiterate: The Shelley Winters Blogathon is being held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October 2019. You can submit your entries either before or on those dates. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need an extension.
  9. Note we will be publishing all the links on both our sites. Add your Twitter handle so I can promote your post.
  10. Have fun!! Shelley would have wanted you to do so! 🙂


Films already claimed twice:

The Devil’s Daughter

I Died a Thousand Times

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Poseidon Adventure

What’s the Matter with Helen?

Pete’s Dragon

The Night of the Hunter


A Patch of Blue

A Place in the Sun

Participation List:

The Poppity: Heavy

Realweegiemidget Reviews: The Devil’s Daughter

Pale Writer: The Devil’s Daughter

Moon in Gemini: I Died a Thousand Times

The JLH Collective: A Place in the Sun

The Craggus: Tentacles

The Oak Drive-In: Bloody Mama

Cinematic Catharsis: Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

Isaac’s Haunted Beard: Poor Pretty Eddie

Michael from Maniacs and Monsters: The Night of the Hunter

Andrew from Maniacs and Monsters: The Visitor
Vinnie Harris: What’s the Matter with Helen? & Pete’s Dragon

Hollywood Genes: Shelley Also Known as Shirley, the first of Shelley Winters’ autobiographies

Angelman’s Place: The Diary of Anne Frank

The Stop Button: I Died a Thousand Times

Bloody Whisper: The Poseidon Adventure

Taking Up Room: The Diary of Anne Frank

Crítica Retrô: Phone Call from a Stranger

Thoughts All Sorts: The Scalphunters

Until The Lights Go Up: The Poseidon Adventure
Dell on Movies: What’s the Matter with Helen?

Banzai Retro Club: Pete’s Dragon

Caftan Woman: Wagon Train, “The Ruth Owens Story”episode 4, season 1

Tango in Eden: A Patch of Blue

John Reiber: Lolita

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Five Favourite Shelley Winters Films

Silver Screen Suppers: Caesar Salad à la Shelley Winters! & Do It Debbie’s Way

18 Cinema Lane: Stepping Out

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: The Night of the Hunter

Popcorn and Flickers: The Great Gatsby

The Midnite Drive-In: Shelley on the Batman television series; “The Greatest Mother of Them All” and “Ma Parker” – episodes 9 & 10, season 2

Diary of a Movie Maniac: The Tenant

Stabford Deathrage: Cher… and Other Fantasies

Hari MacMillan: A Place in the Sun

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Frenchie

MovieRob: Odds Against Tomorrow, Lolita & The Chapman Report

Gumbygore: Personal piece — “My fascination with Shelley Winters”

Retrowarehouse: A piece on Shelley in several of her roles in film noir (1947-1951) — A Double Life, Larceny, Cry of The City, Take One False Step, Johnny Stool Pidgeon & The Raging Tide.

Behind the Spotlight: An appreciation of Shelley, from a newbie’s perspective

Celluloid Dame: Executive Suite & Shelley’s recurring role on Roseanne

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: A Patch of Blue

The Banners:

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