Shelley L. Ackerman was born in Manhattan. The daughter of a rabbi, she grew up on NYC’s Lower East Side. After graduating with honors from NYCs High School of Music and Art, her career onstage began at the Improvisation and Catch a Rising Star. She was Peter Allen’s opening act at Reno Sweeney and played many well-known venues including Les Mouches, the Playboy Club, Freddy’s Supper Club and starred in the 1988 revival of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Town Hall and at The Kennedy Center.
Passionate about the unique language and logic of astrology, she often studied the horoscopes of celebrities and became fascinated with the timing of world events and the correlation to planetary cycles.
Eventually, the call to astrology won out:
At an eclipse in late June of 1992, she became a professional astrologer. Writing columns, articles providing commentary on radio and TV followed.
Shelley has written for Beliefnet.com, many newspapers (The NY Post, NY Daily News) and periodicals (New Woman Magazine, Dell Horoscope, The Mountain Astrologer, The Westchester Guardian, and TheAesthete.com), and was immortalized on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.
Her many radio and TV appearances include: Access Hollywood, NBC’s Weekend Today Show, Sirius Satellite Radio, The Gayle King Show, Fox’s The Strategy Room, The O’Reilly Factor, ABC’s Eyewitness News, and ABC World News Now.