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May 06
Adrienne Shelly November 1, 2006
Adrienne Shelly killed

Adrienne Shelly, one of independent film’s true stars of the 1990s and, with her features Sudden Manhattan, I’ll Take You There, and Waitress, a skilled director, died tragically November 1, 2006. Shelly burst onto the scene as Audry in Hal Hartley’s 1989 debut, The Unbelievable Truth. Her portrayal as an Armageddon-obsessed teenager made her something of a generational icon, and she went on to appear in Hartley’s follow-up, Trust, as well as films like Sleep with Me, Grind and Factotum. But with I’ll Take You There, Shelly purposefully moved behind the camera, bringing a deft comic tough and understanding of contemporary female characters to her films. In the fall of 2006 she submitted Waitress to Sundance and was working in a rented apartment she was using as a writer’s studio. When she went downstairs to complain about the noise a workman was causing, he killed her and attempted to stage the death as a suicide. Shelly left behind a young daughter and a husband, Andy Ostroy, who established The Adrienne Shelly Foundation to support young women in their directing careers.

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Marlene Dietrich May 6, 1992
Marlene Dietrich dies

On this day in 1992, cinema icon Marlene Dietrich passed away at the age of 90 from renal failure in her Paris apartment.

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May 6, 1988
Wings of Desire opens in USA

Wim Wenders was flying high on May 6, 1988 when his film Wings of Desire was released in the U.S. In many ways, the movie represented the zenith of Wenders’ career: throughout the 70s, he had built himself a reputation as a gifted and inventive director working in Germany, with films like Alice in the Cities (1974) and The American Friend (1977) drawing especial attention.

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