actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years until her death in 2006. A two-time Academy Award winner, Winters is probably most remembered for her roles in A Place in the Sun, The Big Knife
, The Night of the Hunter
, Alfie, and The Poseidon Adventure.
Winters was born Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri
, the daughter of Rose (née
Winter), a singer with The Muny
, and Jonas Schrift, a designer of men's clothing.
Every now and then, when you're onstage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live.
I think onstage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were twenty-two with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic, and a progressive religious experience.
I'm not overweight. I'm just nine inches too short.
Now that I'm over sixty, I'm veering toward respectability.