Shelley Duvall reveals mental health struggles in Dr. Phil interview
Shelley Duvall, the actress best known for her roles in The Shining, has revealed she’s suffering from mental illness.
The 67-year-old describes her life away from the spotlight during a sit-down interview with Dr. Phil McGraw that is scheduled to air on his daytime talk show Friday.
“I’m very sick, I need help,” she tells Dr. Phil.
The appearance has prompted criticism from Duvall’s fans — who knocked Dr. Phil for “showboating the visibly ill.”
“She is not competent enough to grant you permission,” one fan tweeted.
Vivian Kubrick — the daughter of Shining director Stanley Kubrick — also spoke out, criticizing the show’s lack of “compassionate healing.”
“Your exploitive use of Shelly Duvall is a form of LURID ENTERTAINMENT and is shameful,” she wrote.
“You are putting Shelly Duvall ‘on show’ while she is suffering from a pitiable state of ill health. Unquestionably, this is purely a form of lurid and exploitive entertainment — it’s appallingly cruel,” she continued.
Duvall, who has been living in Blanco, Texas since retiring from acting, last starred in the 2002 independent film Manna From Heaven.
Her first big break was in 1970’s Brewster McCloud, and she then went on to star in Nashville (1975) and played Olive Oyl in the big-screen adaptation of Popeye (1980) opposite Robin Williams.
In addition, she also hosted Saturday Night Live, narrated Faerie Tale Theatreand was featured in Tim Burton’s short 1984 film Frankenweenie.