‘The Shining’: Grady Sisters Were Rejected from Taking Acting Classes

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The Grady sisters reveal what it was like working on set of The Shining.

The Shining is regarded as one of the scariest movies in recent history.

The Horror movie featured Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. The feature film helped establish Jack Nicholson and director Stanley Kubrick in Hollywood.

But, in a recent Daily Mail interview with the twins, Lisa and Louise Burns, the actors who played the Grady daughters, revealed that The Shining ruined their acting career in Hollywood.

The Burns sisters revealed that casting as Grady daughters was an accident, as Stanley Kubrick never wanted to use twin sisters. In fact, the sisters were turned down by several acting schools be cause they were in the movie.

The Shining
The Shining

The sisters also revealed what it was like working with Jack Nicholson.

‘Jack was a big film star at the time but he never acted like a big film star and never had any tantrums or said, “I’m too big for this”, he really never ran the fame game at all,’ said Lisa.

‘We’d see Jack acting on set and he wasn’t anything like his character in reality.

‘For Jack, it was like putting on a mask. One minute he would be completely normal and then suddenly he would be Jack Torrance.

‘Jack is a brilliant method actor who is so comfortable with his own identity that he can afford to let it wash away.’

The Grady sisters also debunked rumors about Stanley Kubrick’s treatment towards the actors on set.

In the years since The Shining was released bizarre stories about life on set have fueled rumors claiming actress Duvall was tormented so badly by Kubrick that her hair fell out and she became ill and lost weight, but Lisa and Louise disagree.

‘All those rumors were complete rubbish and totally unfounded. There’s been a theory that violence on screen meant violence on set, but we now know that is not true at all,’ says Lisa.

Today, Lisa is a lawyer and Louise is a published scientist. Since The Shining was released over 30 years ago, it has become one of the most quoted horror movies of all time, with rememberable scenes such as Jack Nicholson’s “Here’s Johnny”.

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