Sheila Kelley (American actress)

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Sheila Kelley
Born(1961-10-09) October 9, 1961 (age 53)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Richard Schiff (m. 1996)
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This article is about the American actress. For the British actress, see Sheila Kelley (British actress).
Sheila Kelley
Born(1961-10-09) October 9, 1961 (age 53)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Richard Schiff (m. 1996)

Sheila Kelley (born October 9, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Gwen Taylor on L.A. Law and as Dr. Charlotte "Charley" Bennett Hayes on Sisters.

Early life[edit]

Kelley was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to Catherine Holway Thom Kelley, a registered nurse, and Dr. Jay Hilary Kelley, professor emeritus, School of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. Kelley studied ballet at a young age and then matriculated at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. After doctors cautioned her about the effects of rigorous dance training on her hips, Kelley redirected her efforts to film directing and acting, and studied with Michael Howard. She was originally encouraged to pursue acting by her high school principal, Dr. George Vollrath, and ultimately moved to California in order to advance her career.


Kelley began her acting career in the 1980s in television, with her first credited TV role in 1987. Her first film was Some Girls in 1988. She played the character Gwen Taylor in the legal drama L.A. Law from 1990 to 1993. Most of her work has been in guest roles on American TV series, although she notably played a stripper and performed a seductive dance routine onscreen in the 2000 feature film Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

After her role in Dancing at the Blue Iguana, she went on to create a new feminine workout movement called S Factor. She is considered the founder of Pole Dancing Workout. Since its inception over a decade ago, eight studios have been opened in the United States. It is one of the most well known and successful studios of its kind. However, it is unique in that it features an ever evolving curriculum that is often imitated. She fuses pilates, yoga, and her knowledge of classical ballet into a workout that eventually involves the use of the pole. The movement, as she calls it, is growing, with studios in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Encino and Costa Mesa.

Kelley was cast in a recurring role in the final season of Lost in 2010, playing Zoe. From 2011 to 2012, she played Carol Rhodes on Gossip Girl.

Personal life[edit]

Kelley is married to actor Richard Schiff.

Following her role as a stripper in the film Dancing at the Blue Iguana, in which she performed a seductive strip routine, she became a fan of pole dancing. Kelley has since become noted for her "S Factor" national exercise studios (LA (3), San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Houston) and her book, S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman, and DVDs.[1] Sheila's copyrighted feminine fitness program incorporates Pilates, yoga, stretching and uniquely designed pole dance routines which develop tone, muscle, fluidity of movement and confidence.[2] She also publishes a monthly editorial which addresses women's issues available at

Kelley formed The Elephant Company, a theatre group, in the 1980s.


1987Tonight's the NightTanyaTelevision film
1987Betty Ford Story, TheThe Betty Ford StoryCharlotteTelevision film
1988Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim AjamiTrishTelevision film
1988Some GirlsIrenka
1989Fulfillment of Mary Gray, TheThe Fulfillment of Mary GrayKateTelevision film
1989Breaking InCarrie aka Fontaine
1989Staying TogetherBeth Harper
1989Mortal PassionsAdele
1989Private DebtsJessie BurdetteShort film
1990Where the Heart IsSheryl
1991Chase, TheThe ChaseRoxanneTelevision film
1991Pure LuckValerie Highsmith
1991Wild BladeGinger
1992Passion FishKim
1992SinglesDebbie Hunt
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererSherry (photos of ex-girlfriend)Uncredited
1993Mona Must DieRachel McSternberg
1994Deconstructing SarahSarah Vincent/RuthTelevision film
1994Passion to Kill, AA Passion to KillBeth
1995Secretary, TheThe SecretaryDeidre BosnellTelevision film
1996One Fine DayKristen
1997Santa FeLeah Thomas
1999Mind PreyAndi ManetteTelevision film
2000Nurse BettyJoyce
2000Dancing at the Blue IguanaStormyAlso producer
2001Jennie Project, TheThe Jennie ProjectLeah ArchibaldTelevision film
2003Matchstick MenKathy
2005Mozart and the WhaleJanice
2010BloodworthLouise Halfacre
2013Last WeekendVivian
2014Guest, TheThe GuestLaura Peterson
1989thirtysomethingCheryl EastmanEpisode: "First Day/Last Day"
1990–1993L.A. LawGwen TaylorRecurring (seasons 4–5); main cast (seasons 6–7); 42 episodes
1993Full StretchPam PearsonEpisode: "Ivory Tower"
1993Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden RoomSusanEpisode: "Best Intentions"
1995WingsSarah2 episodes
1995–1996SistersDr. Charlotte "Charley" BennettMain cast (season 6); 23 episodes
1998Touched by an AngelCarrie Nichols CarverEpisode: "What Are Friends For?"
1998–1999ERCoco Robbins3 episodes
2001Family LawJennifer PalmerEpisode: "Intentions"
2002MDsPam Kellerman4 episodes
2003Division, TheThe DivisionTess StantonEpisode: "Strangers"
2005Sopranos, TheThe SopranosAllison CriderEpisode: "Join the Club"
2010LostZoe5 episodes
2010Hawaii Five-0Nancy HarrisEpisode: "Palekaiko"
2011–2012Gossip GirlCarol Rhodes8 episodes
2012NCISVictoria DearingEpisode: "Till Death Do Us Part"


  1. ^ "Pole-Dancing Books and Videos". 
  2. ^ "Pole Dancing 101". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 

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