Shelley Duvall (forever revered by Horror Freaks who remember her gut-wrenching portrayal of Wendy Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining) appeared on The Dr. Phil Show last week, where many of us learned for the first time that she is mentally ill and in need of help. While many accused Dr. Phil of exploiting Duvall’s illness for ratings, the resulting outpouring of love for the actress has been truly heartening.
While Vivian Kubrick (Stanley Kubrick’s daughter) set up a Go Fund Me page on behalf of Duvall, some were weary of contributing due to her connections to The Church of Scientology.
Those concerned for Duvall’s well-being can feel better about her prospects as it’s been announced that The Actors Fund, an established charity with a sterling reputation, is reaching out to offer assistance. Deadline broke the news:
The organization’s strict confidentiality rules prohibit discussing clients. But since Duvall is not a client yet, the fund can say it is reaching out to the Dr. Phil show to put them in contact with her. During Friday’s show, Dr. Phil host Phil McGraw said the show tried to help Duvall, getting her into a treatment facility. But after three days there, he told his audience, “She refused to take any medications and she would not sign the paperwork required to treat her.”
“She was accompanied by trained professionals and was safely returned to her family and boyfriend at home,” McGraw said. “We are happy to report that we are now working directly with Shelley’s mother and are providing Shelley treatment from a group of local professionals who, due to her refusal to take medication, will use alternative methods to treat her.”
About The Actors Fund: “Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund is a national human services organization here to meet the needs of our entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more.” (Source)
We wish Duvall well during this difficult period in her life.