Born on July 7th, 1949 in Houston, Texas, Shelley Duvall started a pretty plain and ordinary life before being launched into stardom. While working as a cosmetics saleswomen and studying at a local community college she met director Robert Altman. He immediately offered her a role, even though she had no previous experience acting!
Following that, Shelley started gaining fame. She was asked by popular public television network, PBS, to star in an adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, and then was also asked to host an episode of Saturday Night Live. She can be seen in famous movies like The Shining and Popeye.
She went from a small-town, all-American girl to big time actress, comedienne, writer, producer, and singer, vitually overnight!!!
a pretty plain and ordinary life = una vida bastante normal y ordinaria
before being launched into stardom = antes de ser lanzado al estrellato
local community college = universidad pequeña de una zona
public television network = cadena de televisión publica
to star in an adaptation of = que estrenara una adaptación de
to host = que presentara en televisión
episode = capítulo
The Shining = El Resplandor
big time actress = gran actriz
comedienne = cómica
virtually overnight = prácticamente de la noche a la mañana