Snowed In & Thinking About “The Shining” Movie

Being snowed in has made me think of that movie “The Shining” that came out in 1980. This made me curious about the lives of the three main actors. So I delved into it a a bit.

Did You Know:

The snow in the infamous maze was actually 900 tons of salt and crushed Styrofoam.

Jack Nicholson:

In 1970, while filming Five Easy Pieces, he met and dated his co star Susan Anspach. She claims that the son she had that same year was his son, but Jack has always denied this.

From 1973 to 1989, he had an on again off again relationship with Anjelica Huston, daughter of famous actor and director John Huston.

Jack has five children, the eldest being Jennifer Nicholson. The second is Caleb Goddard, followed by Honey Hollman, Lorraine Nicholson and Ray Nicholson.

He has two grandchildren, Duke and Sean Norfleet.

Nicholson has stated that children “give your life a resonance that it can’t have without them … As a father, I’m there all the time. I give unconditional love.”

He will celebrate his 84th birthday in April.

Shelly Duvall:

Shelley was married to her first and only spouse, Bernard Sampson, from 1970 to 1974.

Duvall focused on her Hollywood career, but she eventually was led into the arms of musician Paul Simon. She also dated Ringo Starr before finding love with Dan Gilroy.

Though Shelley has since left the spotlight she is still romantically involved with Dan, her companion of more than 30 years. She never had children.

According to several sources, by the time she’d officially stepped away from acting in 2002, Duvall had relocated to a ranch in the small town of Blanco, Texas. There she acquired a sizable collection of exotic animals.

Shelley Duvall has unfortunately struggled with mental illness much of her life. She is 71.

Danny Lloyd:

Danny Torrance was Danny Lloyd’s first-ever film role, and he was cast primarily due to his ability to concentrate for long periods.

After “The Shining”, Lloyd’s second and final film role came in the NBC TV movie “Will: G. Gordon Liddy.” It was a biopic of the Watergate co-conspirator. Lloyd played Liddy as a child.

Following that role, Lloyd did continue to audition for parts, but didn’t meet with any real success. By his early teens, Lloyd told his parents he was done with acting, and they supported his decision.

As an adult, Lloyd now works as a biology professor at a university in Kentucky, and is happily married with four children.

He is 48.

Quote From The Shining:

“Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin? Well then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”


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  1. I’m pretty picky when it comes to watching movies. I’m not a fan of Hollywood and their self-aggrandizing lives. Having said that, I decided that the best way for me to watch good movies, (I have firestick) is do watch by favorite actors, Jack Nicholson being one. William Macy, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep(Out of Africa is one of my favorites), so many more. It seems to be the easiest way to separate the wheat from the chaff. I will stop watching a movie if I don’t like the way it is playing out. I consider my time valuable enough not to waste on low quality or violent movies.

  2. Brenda,
    interesting topic on Jack Nicholson. I looked him up on Wikipedia and reviewed his Bio and movie history. Hubby started reading over my shoulder and we were amazed at his volume of work and what movie’s we had seen together. My favorites were “Chinatown” with Faye Dunaway. The other three were romantic comedies, “Terms of Endearment” with Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger; “As Good As It Gets” with Helen Hunt and “Somethings Got To Give” with Diane Keaton. My husband always comments about the kitchen in Keaton’s movie home! He loves it!! I never realized that some men pay attention to the movie sets and costumes like he has.
    I just saw a news clip of the freeways in Oklahoma. Lots of ice!! Stay in and please keep safe and warm.

  3. The Shining, I believe, is if you had the chance to see it, you will never forget it. There are only a few movies, that I say that about, this movie and the other one being “The Pianist” . Both Excellent!!!!!

  4. I loved “The Shining.” Had the pleasure of visiting the Stanley Hotel and stepping into the lobby that opens to the bar – a significant scene in the original film. It is said that the place is haunted and many people have seen apparitions there. Interesting!

  5. There were two movies of the Shining. Maybe the second was a mini series, I can’t remember. And this was Stephen King’s least favorite. Stanley Kubrick really messed up the story line. The thing I hate the most is that Kubrick killed off the hero of the story the moment he turned up to save the little boy and his mother. In the book he does save the boy and the mother. Such an insult to the author, in my opinion. Watch the other one and you will like it better.

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