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Adrienne Shelly (also known as Adrienne Levine; June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006) was an American actress, movie director and screenwriter. Shelly was born in Queens, New York.

Adrienne Shelly
Adrienne Levine[1]

(1966-06-24)June 24, 1966
DiedNovember 1, 2006(2006-11-01) (aged 40)
Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathHomicide
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter
Years active1989–2006
Spouse(s)Andy Ostroy (1994–2006; her death)
ChildrenSophie Ostroy (b.2003)[2]

She wrote, co-starred in and directed the 2007 movie Waitress. She was also known for her roles in independent movies.

In 2000, Shelly won a U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Film Discovery Jury Award. She won the award for the 1999 movie I'll Take You There. Shelly also guest-starred in Law & Order and Oz.


On November 1, 2006, Shelly was found hanging in the shower of her Greenwich Village work studio apartment. It was originally thought she had killed herself. But an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, a construction worker, confessed to killing Shelly.[3][4] He was later sentenced to 25 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter.[5]


  1. Snyder, Steven; with contribution from Rocco Parascandol (November 3, 2006). "Remembering Talents of a Local Star". Newsday. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. Wood, Gaby (July 15, 2007). "The unbelievable truth". The Guardian.
  3. "Star's Suicide was Killer Cover-Up". The New York Post. November 7, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. "Brooklyn Man Charged with Murder of Actress". CBS Broadcasting. November 7, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  5. "Immigrant Sentenced". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2017.