Bio for Shelley Ackerman

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Shelley Ackerman was born on October 14 @ 5:10 a.m. in New York. A Libra with Libra rising, she grew up Manhattan's Lower East Side (now known as The East Village). After graduating from The High School of Music and Art with honors at age 16, she began performing as a singing waitress at the world-famous Improvisation Comedy Club. At the Improv and other Manhattan clubs she worked with talents such as Peter Allen, Pat Benatar, Elayne Boosler, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Klein and Jimmie Walker, before headlining her own shows at New York's top cabarets.

In 1988, Shelley starred in the 20th anniversary production of "Jacques Brel" at Town Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In 1990, she won the Backstage Bistro Award for best female vocalist in that cabaret season.

As Shelley immersed herself in pursuing work in television and film, she also became acutely aware of unplanned and unsettling changes taking place within her. Always drawn to the occult, and with a quest for insights into the deeper meaning and purpose of life, she sought answers from unconventional sources. In the mid-1980s, she discovered that she had a natural and quite extraordinary ability to interpret astrological charts. (Shelley read hundreds of astrological books and took many classes during her years as a celebrated cabaret performer, but never took it seriously). Despite her initial resistance toward giving that ability a larger place in her life, destiny intervened, and in the summer of 1992 she found herself in Montauk, New York, ensconced as the house astrologer at Gurney's, with the very people she used to audition for now lined up at her table for readings.

Also in that summer of 1992, Shelley obtained then-presidential-candidate Bill Clinton's birth time from his mother and was able to cast the first accurate horoscope for the 42nd President. During his administration, she has found herself cast in the role of political commentator and a frequent guest on talk shows nationwide.

As a professional astrologer, Shelley has advised politicians, entertainers, writers, educators, and people from all walks of life. She has appeared on Fox Cable News Network's hit morning show "Fox and Friends", The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, the BBC, NBC's "Extra", ABC Overnight World News, CBS Evening News, Eyewitness News, and on over one thousand radio shows. She is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio, WOR 710 New York, WGEE in Green Bay, Wisconsin, KROQ in Los Angeles, and KTRS in St. Louis and has been heard in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. She has written for The New York Daily News, The NY Post, New Woman Magazine, and writes an astrology column for Shelley teaches her course "The Art of Astrology for Inspired Students and Creative Professionals" at The New York Theosophical Society, currently in its seventh year.

She has taught at Skidmore College through The International Women's Writing Guild. The class: "How Your Astrological Chart Reveals What You Must Write About and Why".

In 1996 Shelley became the President of the New York affiliate of the American Federation of Astrologers. In December of that year, her show "Karmic Relief™" debuted on radio in New York.

A partial list of her guests includes: James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), Barbara Brennan (Hands of Light), Betty Eadie, James Van Praagh, Bill Maher, Ben & Jerry, Lorna Luft (Me and My Shadows: a Family Memoir), Gordon Michael Scallion, Barbara Marciniak (Bringers of the Dawn), Chris Griscom (The Healing of Emotion), James Rado (playwright, "Hair"), and Debbie Frank (astrologer to the late Princess Diana).

Shelley is currently at work on her first book about creativity and the horoscope.

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