A publicity still of Shelley from the early '80s
Shelley immediately tackled stage for the first time after she left the TV series Charlie's Angels. Her first was the Jack Heifner play Vanities which was filmed for the HBO program Standing Room Only. Annette O'Toole and Meredith Baxter-Birney were her co-stars in the play which was presented in 1981. Shelley got rave reviews for her performance, much to the surprise of critics who had dismissed her as nothing but a flash-in-the-pan. Great going, girl.