a publicity still of Shelley from 1980
Shelley opted and was opted out of Charlie's Angels in 1980. She felt she that was ready to move on and that her one-year tenure as an Angel was already plenty for her. "I'm a simple person and I lead a simple life," she said, "But suddenly I was public property. Some of the gossip really hurt. But aside from all that, Charlie's Angels was really fun." In a couple of years, Shelley moved on to do impressive work on stage (with Vanities and Born Yesterday) and on screen (with The King of Comedy). She had proven she had the acting chops to be in the business.