October 20, 2005

Shelley Winters recovering from heart attack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two-time Oscar winner Shelley
Winters is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital from a heart
attack she suffered last week and is expected to return home
soon, her family said in a statement on Thursday.

The 85-year-old actress, who began her career as a sultry
leading lady and then became known for more matronly, blowsy
roles, suffered the heart attack last Friday but her condition
has since improved, the family said through a spokesman.

"Over the past few days, she has become much stronger, and
Shelley is nearly back to her normal self," said the statement,
issued by David Shane, a spokesman for her agent. "We expect
Shelley to be home in about a week. Her prognosis is

Shane said Winters was "fully alert and talking."

Winters earned an Oscar nomination for her 1951 role as the
factory girl competing with a well-bred Elizabeth Taylor for
the affections of a cad in George Stevens' drama "A Place in
the Sun."

She went on to win Academy Awards for supporting roles in
"The Diary of Anne Frank" and the interracial drama "A Patch of
Blue," and earned a fourth Oscar nomination as an elderly
ex-swimming champion in the 1972 disaster film "The Poseidon