Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Adrienne Shelly RIP

Actress, writer and director Adrienne Shelly has been murdered, apparently by a construction worker who was upset with her noise complaints. I, like most people, know Shelly best from her roles in the great Hal Hartley movies Trust and The Unbelievable Truth. Her main focus, though, was writing and directing comedies. I saw her first feature, Sudden Manhattan, and was suitably amused. Since then she has made another movie I'll Take You There, and had a third, Waitress (with Firefly star Nathan Fillion!) in the can.

The construction worker who allegedly killed Shelly is said to have punched the slight, 5'2" director. I bet he didn't realize he could kill her like that. He then (allegedly) took her body to her office and tried to make it look like a suicide.

She had a husband and a three year old daughter.

Stories here and here.
Hat tip to Carin.

Update: NYT Story here. Apparently she was still alive when the guy tried to fake the suicide, and only died later after he hung up her unconscious body.

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

This is simply one of the saddest things I've read in a long time, but thanks for posting it anyway .. I just love those Hal Hartley movies, and she will be sorely missed indeed