One of The Shining‘s most memorable scares involves the Grady twins, and here’s what the actresses that played them look like now. In spite of Stephen King’s abject hatred for the movie, director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is unquestionably one of the most iconic horror films in history. This is evidenced by the dozens and dozens of Shining parodies in pop culture, with the most popular target of course being Jack Nicholson’s “Here’s Johnny!” line. Close behind on The Shining‘s iconic moments list though is the scene featuring the Grady twins.
As explained in The Shining – the film, the book’s explanation is a bit different – a man named Charles Grady served as the caretaker of the remote Overlook Hotel prior to Jack Torrance (Nicholson) applying for and getting the job. Grady developed cabin fever and went mad, hacking up his family with an axe, then killing himself. The twins are not named in the film, but later appear to Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd) several times.
The Shining scene that made the Grady twins so (in)famous of course happens when Danny is riding his tricycle through the long corridors of the Overlook. The duo appears at the end of a hallway, beckoning to Danny and inviting him to come play with them, forever and ever. As they do this, Danny sees images of their murdered bodies covered in blood. The Grady twins were played by Lisa and Louise Burns, and here’s what they look like today.
Much like their scene partner Danny Lloyd, Lisa and Louise Burns never acted again following The Shining. As adults, the two pursued fulfilling careers of a different kind. Louise became a microbiologist, while Lisa is a lawyer. The pair have no regrets about their part in The Shining though, appearing at horror conventions to meet fans, and operating the joint “Shining Grady Twins” Twitter account seen above. While the Burns sisters are no longer creepy, their place in Hollywood history is secure.
Despite Stanley Kubrick’s reputation for being mean to his actors – particularly Wendy Torrance actress Shelley Duvall – that happily didn’t extend to the Burns sisters, who have nothing but fond memories of working with the masterful director. They also fondly recall working with co-star Jack Nicholson, a famously intense method actor that nevertheless took the time to become friendly with the girls. If anything, they say he could sometimes be sad on set because his missed his own daughter, who was back in the U.S. while the film was shooting in the U.K. One would never associate The Shining with heartwarming stories, but maybe that should change.
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