Adrienne Shelly was an American actress and filmmaker based in New York City. She was murdered in 2006.
She began her career in the late '80s starring in two movies by Hal Hartley, The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, following which she appeared in mostly independent films. She also wrote and directed several movies herself, such as 1996's Sudden Manhattan and the posthumously released Waitress (2007).
In 2006, she was strangled to death by an undocumented Ecudorian construction worker who had snuck into her apartment in order to rob it. Immediately following killing Shelley, her murderer tried to make her death look like a suicide by hanging.
The Shadows of Bob and Zelda (2000)
I’ll Take You There (1999)
Lois Lives a Little (1997)
Sudden Manhattan (1996)
Urban Legend (1994)
Adrienne Shelly’s Murderer Finally Sentenced
Adrienne Shelly’s murderer, Diego Pillco, entered a guilty plea. He’ll be sentenced on March 6 and will receive 25 years behind bars.
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation
In honor of actress and filmmaker Adrienne Shelley, who was murdered on Nov. 3, 2008, a new foundation has been set up to send women to film school.
Adrienne Shelly: Murdered?
Police now say that Adrienne Shelley, who was found dead on Nov. 3 at the age of 40, was murdered, although it was originally thought she committed suicide.
Adrienne Shelly, R.I.P.
Actress Adrienne Shelly, who starred in Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth, was found dead on Nov. 30. She was only 40 years old.