Actress Shelley Duvall, 71 years-old, is most recognised from her starring roles in Popeye, The Shining and 3 Women.
Throughout her career, Duvall has starred in endless iconic roles, but up until 2016, she had remained somewhat off the radar from the mid- 1990s.
Then came her infamous Dr Phil interview, which led to Phil McGraw facing backlash from the acting community, with Stanley Kubrich’s daughter accusing him of “exploiting” Duvall.
After four years, Shelley Duvall has broken her silence on the Dr Phil episode, discussing it along with her mental health, The Shining, and her life in Texas with The Hollywood Reporter.
Shelley Duvall discusses Dr Phil episode
Up until 2016, actress Shelley Duvall had remained relatively off the map, living in rural Texas with her husband Dan Gilroy.
In 2016, Duvall appeared on an episode of Dr Phil where she appeared agitated and disoriented. The episode received backlash over the lack of care Shelley received and was condemned by Stanley Kubrich’s daughter for “exploiting” the actress.
Kristina Keller, a member of Duvall’s community in Texas, spoke to THR about the Dr Phil interview, saying: “Everybody was appalled. It just came across as craven and sensational.”
Duvall also claimed that after the episode and backlash which followed from concerned fans, Phil McGraw “made repeated attempts at contacting [her].”
Dr Phil responds to Shelley Duvall
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for Dr Phil said:
“We view every Dr. Phil episode, including Miss Duvall and her struggle with mental illness, as an opportunity to share relatable, useful information and perspective with our audiences. We don’t attach the stigma associated with mental illness which many do. With no one else offering help, our goal was to document the struggle and bring amazing resources to change her trajectory as we have for so many over 19 years.”
“Unfortunately, she declined our initial offer for inpatient treatment that would have included full physical and mental evaluations, giving her a chance to privately manage her challenges. After many months of follow-up, in collaboration with her mother, she ultimately refused assistance. We were of course very disappointed, but those offers for help remain open today.”