It’s amazing how people change from one year to the next, and one decade to the next to be perfectly honest with you…

Shelley Duval, the star of The Shining, Popeye, Three Women, Time Bandits, and Manna from Heaven, has been photographed looking completely unrecognizable after she quit acting, twenty years ago.

The Texas-born actress starred in a number of the best-loved films of the 70s and 80s, before gradually fading from the limelight and quietly quitting the business.

As much as we’d like to think that Duvall is simply enjoying a well-earned retirement after a fruitful career, the truth is a great deal sadder. Following her swift rise to fame, Duvall struggled with mental health problems which ultimately got the better of her – and her grueling experience making The Shining may have contributed to her decline.

Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Forth Worth, Texas on July 7, 1949, the daughter of lawyer Robert Duvall and real estate broker Bobbie Ruth Crawford. (Despite their shared names and careers, Shelley is not related to fellow actor Robert Duvall.) A good student, Shelley initially had aspirations of becoming a scientist. In 1970, she married artist Bernard Sampson, but this ended in divorce in 1974.

Very much a child of the 60s, Duvall grew into a fashion-conscious young woman and did a little work as a model. Then, at a party in 1970, she happened to meet some film crew members who were working on Brewster McCloud, the latest production from M*A*S*H* director Robert Altman.

Fascinated by Duvall’s striking looks and playful manner, the crew members brought her to meet Altman, and after an audition process, she was given the role of Suzanne. Not only had Duvall never planned to become an actress, but she’d also never even left the state of Texas before heading to Hollywood to shoot her Brewster McCloud role.

She has a son named Andrew with Getz, and Duvall has said that he is the love of her life.

“He’s everything to me. I just love him so much, and he’s such a great kid. I mean, he really is the light of my life,” Duvall said in an interview with Closer Weekly.

Duvall has not been in any movies for several years, however, the actress is set to star in The Forest Hills, an indie horror-thriller from writer-director Scott Goldberg, Deadline reports.

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Sources: AWM, Deadline

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