Indie Actress Adrienne Shelly Found Dead
Police say the Factotum actress apparently committed suicide
Indie film actress Adrienne Shelly, who starred in 1989’s The Unbelievable Truth and last year’s Factotum, was found dead in her New York City apartment by her husband on Wednesday.
Police tell New York’s Daily News that the death was an apparent suicide. Police said Thursday they are awaiting autopsy results before deciding whether to investigate the case as foul play, the Associated Press reports.
Shelly, 40, was born Adrienne Levine in Queens and raised on Long Island. She and her husband, Andy Ostroy, had a 3-year-old daughter named Sophie, her agent, Rachel Sheedy, told the AP.
She had worked steadily acting in film, theater and television, but later turned to writing and directing and made her feature-film directorial debut with 1997’s Sudden Manhattan. She recently wrote and directed a film called Waitress, starring Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and Jeremy Sisto.
“She was so psyched about the film,” Sheedy told the AP. “She gathered an amazing cast, and she was really happy and excited to hear back from Sundance about it.”