Adrienne Shelly: So Much Left to Do

CW: Themes/descriptions of violence

Adrienne Shelly had everything to live for in October of 2006. Her filmmaking career was taking off, her film ‘Waitress’ had a great chance of winning a spot at the Sundance Festival, and she loved being a wife and mother. So when her husband found her hanging from a shower rod on November 1, he knew she hadn’t done this to herself, no matter what the detectives said. 

As it turned out, he was right. 

In episode 25 Candy and Ashley explore the mysterious death of actress and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, and her husband’s quest to not only discover what really happened but to also ensure that Adrienne is remembered as the strong, incredible woman she was, not as a victim.

Show Notes for Episode 25!

Top Left: Sophie, Adrienne, and Andy the night before her murder at their Halloween party (, Adrienne (The Daily, Adrienne & Sophie (, Adrienne (, Bottom Left: Adrienne, Cheryl Hines, Kerri Russell in “Waitress” ( Top Right: Documentary One Sheet for “Adrienne: So Many Stories Left to Tell,” Broadway publicity still from the musical “Waitress” Starring Jessie Mueller ( Adrienne & Andy (


“The Heartbreaking True Story of Murdered Actress Adrienne Shelly –and How Her Legacy Lives On With Hit Broadway Musical Waitress, People, by K.C. Baker, updated May 4, 2016

“Adrienne Shelly’s Widower Confronts Her Killer in New Doc,” New York Times, by Jane Ridley, November 30, 2021

“Murdered Waitress Actress Adrienne Shelly’s Husband on Her Legacy for Daughter, People, by K.C. Baker, updated May 5, 2016

“‘Adrienne’ HBO Documentary Explores Incredible Career and Tragic Death of ‘Waitress’ Filmmaker Adrienne Shelly,’ Forbes, by Risa Sarachan, November 29, 2021

“‘She’s More Than Just a Murder Victim’: The Life and Death of Film-Maker Adrienne Shelly,” The Guardian, by Adrian Horton, December 1, 2021

Wikipedia– Adrienne Shelly

IMDB– ‘Waitress’
Wikipedia– ‘Waitress


A scene from “Waitress”
“Waitress” Movie Trailer
Adrienne shares her inspiration for writing “Waitress”

Adrienne: Documentary Trailer

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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