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I am informed by [ profile] minimalrobot that actress Adrienne Shelly has died.

She starred in two of my favorite indie movies of all time, Hal Hartley's one-two punch of debut films, The Unbelievable Truth and Trust. More than a few people might have assumed that she was only funny because of the dry wit of Hartley's dialogue, but subsequent acting appearances and her writing/directing work on indie films like Sudden Manhattan and I'll Take You There established her as a true comic talent. Unfortunately, her genius managed to consistently fly just under the radar.

Whatever the reason for her death, it belongs in the "too soon" category. So have a drink and watch Trust again, for the memory of Adrienne Shelly, quite possibly the funniest girl that Hollywood never noticed.

Maria: Did you mean it? Would you marry me?
Matthew: Yes.
Maria: Why?
Matthew: Because I want to.
Maria: Not because you love me or anything like that, huh?
Matthew: I respect and admire you.
Maria: Isn't that love?
Matthew: No, that's respect and admiration. I think that's better than love.
Maria: How?
Matthew: When people are in love they do all sorts of crazy things. They get jealous, they lie, they cheat. They kill themselves. They kill each other.
Maria: It doesn't have to be that way.
Matthew: Maybe.
Maria: You'd be the father of a child you know isn't yours.
Matthew: Kids are kids, what does it matter?
Maria: Do you trust me?
Matthew: Do you trust me first?
Maria: I trust you.
Matthew: You sure?
Maria: Yes.
Matthew: Then marry me.
Maria: I'll marry you if you admit that respect, admiration, and trust equals love.
Matthew: OK. They equal love.

Date: 2006-11-03 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
aw, man. i've still never seen the unbelievable truth, but trust is a fantastic movie. she was so young.

Date: 2006-11-03 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm disappointed that this is the first I've heard of her work. I'll have to check some of it out. And this is mighty interesting...

Shelly recently wrote and directed a film called "Waitress," which starred Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion.

I hope they release it.

Date: 2006-11-07 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh jeebus.

There's new information about her death on CNN. They've arrested someone and charged him with murder.

Here's the link. I'll warn you that it's pretty upsetting, as it has ... well, details.

Date: 2006-11-07 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bloody hell. That's just sad and depressing. At least we have the small consolation that the guy responsible was an idiot, and therefore easily caught, but that does nothing to restore a mother to a motherless child, or a worthy talent to a world that had yet to see her best work.


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