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Shelley Winters was born in E. St. Louis, Ill., on Aug. 18, 1922. Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Winters worked as a model and chorus girl before getting her break on Broadway in 1941. That led to a contract with Columbia Studios, which gave Winters her screen debut in 1943's What a Woman!

Winters first gained critical notice in A Double Life (1947). As Montgomery Clift's pregnant girlfriend in A Place in the Sun (1951), she earned her first Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to win the award twice, for The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and A Patch of Blue (1965), and was nominated again for her role best known to later generations: Mrs. Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

Winters' other films include Red River, The Night of the Hunter, Lolita, Next Stop, Greenwich Village and S.O.B. She also had a recurring role on television's "Roseanne." Winters died Jan. 14, 2006.

Shelley Winters in The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

1996 PG-13

Jane Campion's adaptation of Henry James's novel stars Nicole Kidman as Isabel Archer, an American heiress visiting relatives in 1872 England who falls prey to the manipulations of a scheming friend (Barbara Hershey, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who arranges her betrothal to an utter scoundrel (John Malkovich). Ironically, Archer's poor choice ultimately leads to discovery of her true self -- and her one true love.

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