Shelley Winters was the blonde beauty that no one in Hollywood took seriously…until they finally opened their eyes and saw that a legend-in-the-making was standing in front of them. Her television, film, and theater career spanned nearly six decades, two Oscar wins, and four husbands. Most modern audiences would know Winters for her eccentric and “rotund” roles later in her life, but she was much more than that. Here are some of the little-known and bawdy facts about the boisterous, bodacious, and beautiful Shelley Winters…


1. She Had Humble Beginnings

Shelley Winters wasn’t even born with the name that would take top billing in countless films. The two-time Oscar-winner to-be was born as Shirley Schrift to Austrian Jewish parents in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father worked as a humble men’s clothing designer. Even as a little girl, however, Winters knew what she wanted from life…



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