Shelley in publicity pic from 1981
Shelley almost immediately moved to stage after her stint on Charlie's Angels. She started working on the stage play Vanities (by Jack Heifner) which was going to be staged at the Westside Playhouse in Los Angeles. Her co-stars were Meredith Baxter-Birney and Annette O'Toole. The play was going to be filmed for TV and aired as part of HBO's Standing Room Only series. The play was aired in 1981; and Shelley's gamble paid off when she later received glowing reviews for her performance in it.