Wednesday, June 19, 2024

“Elvis” Actress Shonka Dureh, 44, Found Dead in Nashville Apartment, Played Big Mama Thornton


Shonka Dureh is not a household name. But she steals a scene in Baz Luhrmann’s summer hit, “Elvis,” playing Big Mama Thornton. She sings Elvis’s first hit, “Hound Dog,” which inspires the singer to cover it.

Now comes a report that Dureh, 44, has been found dead in her Nashville apartment. According to a report from the Tennessean, Dureh was discovered by her two young children. They say so far police do not suspect foul play.

Dureh’s bio is comprehensive. This is just tragic news to come when she was having such success.

She’s also featured on the “Elvis” soundtrack singing with Doja Cat.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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