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Shelley Winters has heart attack
Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters' last film appearance was in 1999
Two-time Oscar winner Shelley Winters is recovering in hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, her family has announced.

The 85-year-old actress is said to be in a "fair" condition and is expected to return home in around a week.

"Shelley is nearly back to her normal self," her family said.

Winters, who won Oscars for The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue, is best known for her role in 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure.

"Over the past few days she has become much stronger," the family statement continued.

"We are so thankful to Shelley's fans for their support and words of encouragement."

Monroe roommate

Winters' career spans six decades, beginning with an uncredited part in 1943's What a Woman!

A roommate of the young Marilyn Monroe, her ex-husbands include the actors Anthony Franciosa and Vittorio Gassman.

Her other films include Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, Alfie with Michael Caine and The Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum.

Her last film appearance was in 1999's La Bomba.

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