Wendy Torrance is one of the three main characters in The Shining. She is the wife of Jack Torrance and the mother of Danny Torrance. In the 1980 film adaptation she was portrayed by Shelley Duvall. In the 1997 television adaptation she was portrayed by Rebecca De Mornay and in the 2016 opera she was portrayed by Kelly Kaduce.
Wendy Torrance is drawn, like many of King’s female characters, as a traditional wife and mother. Wendy has some psychological problems of her own: She is always unconsciously competing with her mother, who resented Wendy for the death of a younger sister, and who has derided her choice of Jack as a husband, and criticized the way she is rearing Danny. Wendy tries to be patient and understanding, but she has little pity or forgiveness for Jack (in this way she is her mother's daughter), forever reminding him of his failures. She does not trust her husband to be alone with Danny and competes with him for Danny’s affection. However as the situation deteriorates at the OverlookWendy proves to be remarkably brave and resilient as she acts to protect herself and Danny from her insane husband and the malicious ghosts that haunt the hotel.
There is a never-ending debate concerning the two different interpretations of Wendy. There are those who prefer the version of Wendy that is seen in the 1980 film . While other prefer the character as Stephen King saw the character, which was given life by Rebecca De Mornay in the 1997 television adaptation, scripted by King. The debate covers all aspects from the differences in physical appearances to how the actresses portrayed the character.
In the 2013 sequel Doctor Sleep Wendy has passed away several years earlier.