Shelley Duvall is ill, but is Scientology's Vivian Kubrick the best person to step in? - 2016-11-21
On Friday morning, we described our own encounter five years ago with Shelley Duvall and her sad mental state. In a phone call, she tried to convince us that Scientologists were trying to get into her Texas house to assassinate her. We suggested that she get some professional help, and we decided not to write a story about it. As we explained Friday, journalists get calls and messages like this all the time, if not always from former Hollywood figures.
Now, 'Dr. Phil' McGraw has put Duvall on his show, airing long segments of his interview with her talking bizarrely about her delusions. McGraw said he was doing it because he wanted to get her help. But after he got her to a Los Angeles clinic, Shelley refused to give her consent to receive care, and she would not take medication. She flew back home. McGraw said he had then arranged for her to get care locally, and her caregivers were trying "alternative" methods because Shelley still refused any meds. "We'll keep you updated on her progress and hope — hope, hope, hope — that there's a happy ending to this story," he said.