The daughter of the late Stanley Kubrick, who directed Shelley Duvall in the 1980 movie “The Shining,” is concerned about a scheduled appearance by Duvall on Friday’s episode of “Dr. Phil.” As we reported previously, Duvall, who is reportedly dealing with mental illness, is seeking help from the show’s host, Dr. Phil McGraw.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Vivian Kubrick sent a letter today to McGraw, in which she wrote: “You are putting Shelley Duvall ‘on show’ while she is suffering from a pitiable state of ill health. Unquestionably, this is purely a form of lurid and exploitive entertainment — it’s appallingly cruel.”
Vivian Kubrick’s letter adds: “Shelley Duvall was a movie star … whatever dignity a mere unfortunate creature might have in this world, is denied by your displaying her in this way.” She also writes: “I recoil in complete disgust. I hope others will join me in boycotting your utterly heartless form of entertainment, because it has nothing to do with compassionate healing.”
As we reported previously, Duvall says in the interview that she believes Robin Williams, with whom she starred in “Popeye,” is still alive, and is a shape shifter.