Deborah Shelton biography, Husband,Pageants,Net Worth,and Interview

Deborah Shelton biography,

Deborah Shelton was born on November 21, 1948 is an American beauty queen and actress who held the Miss USA title and appeared on Dallas for three seasons and a special guest return in 2013.

Deborah Shelton Age

Deborah Shelton was born on November 21, 1948 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Deborah Dale Shelton, She is 71 years as of 2019

Deborah Shelton Husband

Shelton was married to Vici Castro, on 26June 1971 to 1976,they divorced and later married Vici Castro on 26 June 1971 to 1976

Deborah Shelton Children

She had two children Has one son, Christopher Eric Castro born on  May 27, 1972, from her marriage to Vici Castro.

Has one daughter, Tamara Levy born on March 7, 1981, from her marriage to Shuki Levy.


Deborah Shelton Education

Born in Washington, D.C., Deborah grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from Norview High School there, and then attended Old Dominion University. She was a junior studying art at the time she won the Miss USA title.

Deborah Shelton Pageants

In 1970, Shelton competed in the Miss Virginia USA pageant to spite her then boyfriend. She won the title and represented Virginia in the Miss USA 1970 pageant held in Miami, Florida in May 1970.

At the pageant, Shelton won the Miss Pixable award and was subsequently crowned Miss USA 1970. She was crowned by former titleholder Wendy Dascomb, also of Virginia; this was the first time that a state had won the Miss USA title back to back.

Shelton then went on to the Miss Universe contest in Miami, Florida in July where she placed first runner-up to Marisol Malaret of Puerto Rico.She described competing at Miss Universe as “perhaps her greatest experience”.

During her reign, Shelton travelled across the United States and internationally, including visits to Japan, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Puerto Rico.

For winning Miss USA, she received $5,000 in cash, a $5,000 mink coat and made another $5,000 from personal appearances.

Deborah Shelton Career

Prior to winning her first pageant title, Shelton was enrolled in a pre-medical [curriculum]. After college, she moved to New York City where she studied acting, modeled, and appeared on television commercials.

In March 1974, she appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine. She starred in the feature film, Blood Tide alongside legendary stage and screen actors Mel Ferrer and James Earl Jones. Filmed on location in the Greek islands, the 1982 film featured her singing a song during the end credits co-written with Shuki Levy, her second husband. She later starred in the 1984 film Body Double although her dialogue was dubbed by actress Helen Shaver because the director, Brian de Palma didn’t like how she sounded when he was editing the film.

Shelton made frequent guest appearances on television series such as Fantasy Island, The A-Team, T. J. Hooker, The Fall Guy, Cheers, The Love Boat, Riptide, and Get a Life. In 2008, she was cast to play a rich housewife in the American television series Nip/Tuck.

Her most notable television performance is the role of Mandy Winger, one of J. R. Ewing’s more memorable mistresses in Dallas. After the character left the show, an outpouring of fan mail convinced the producers to bring the character back. Shelton appeared in the series from 1984 to 1987. She also had a role on The Yellow Rose, a “critically acclaimed flop”.

In 1991 and 1992, Shelton returned to the Miss USA stage, offering commentary during the pageant.

During 2012, Shelton made a guest appearance on the newly revived Dallas – she portrayed her old character Mandy Winger for JR Ewing’s memorial service.

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Deborah Shelton Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth in 2019 $100K-1M (Approx.)
Previous Year’s Net Worth (2018) Under Review
Annual Salary Under Review.
Income Source Primary Income source TV Actress.

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Deborah Shelton Interview

Erik: Chris Gilkey asks:

When did you start your acting career?”

Deborah Shelton: About 1978, in New York.

Erik: (laughing) He also wants to know what you look like today…

Deborah: (laughing) Well, the pictures I sent you are very recent…

Erik: (laughing) Yeah, like check out the Home Page, dude!

Vlada from Russia has two questions:

“Do you know if there were any other possible storylines for Mandy that the
authors later dropped?”

Deborah Shelton: There were many, but mostly they involved coming back and displacing Sue Ellen…

Erik: I guess all the Sue Ellen fans are glad that never went down…

Deborah: (laughing) I guess not…

Erik: Vlada also asks a very interesting question that I’ve heard debate over for years:

“I always wondered: in ‘Body Double”, there is a scene where the hero secretly watches your heroine dancing all alone, in her bedroom. Later, we’re supposed to believe it was actually Melanie Griffith in this scene. Was that you in this scene, or her?”

Deborah: It was Melanie! I’m surprised that I’ve also been asked this question by people who should know better, who know what my body looks like. For example, I’m much higher-waisted than Melanie…

Erik: There were even some guys who insisted it was porn star Annette Haven, who was originally considered for Melanie’s role…

Deborah: She was hired to coach Melanie in the various aspects of what it’s like to be a porn star, that whole mental attitude…

Erik: Vlada also wanted to know what it was like working with De Palma?

Deborah: He’s very artistic, very creative – an artistic genius, really. He has very definitive ideas about exactly how a scene should be played – he has a vision of all the tiniest details in his mind, how the final scene should look on the big screen…

Erik: Rainer Fiedler from Germany asks:

“How old are your children Tamara and Christopher now? And what they do?”

Deborah: They’re both all grown-up! Tamara just graduated cum lauda, Phi Beta Kappa, from U.C.L.A. in Communications…

Erik: Great program!

Deborah: It is a great program! Christopher works in the culinary arts, but he also really enjoys coaching adults to obtain their G.E.D.

Erik: Lorraine from Virginia would like to know if you reside in Virginia…

Deborah: No, I live in LA….

Erik: She also asks if you’ve considered publishing a beauty/fitness book?

Deborah: Yes! In fact, I’m currently working on a beauty book! Now, I have a question for everyone reading this: Is there anything you feel I should definitely include or exclude?

Erik: We’ll have to start a special thread on the message board to obtain people’s input, maybe with a link on the Home Page…

Scott from So Cal has three questions:

” Can you tell us about any “underrated” or lesser-known movie (or two or three) that you really liked watching, but which might surprise us? Something a little unusual?”

Deborah: I love movies, including lesser-known, independent films. I love a lot of art films and foreign films where you have to read the subtitles!

Erik: Anything specific come to mind?

Deborah: Just off the top of my head – The Winslow Boy, Wilde, Merchant Ivory, Much Ado About Nothing (the Kenneth Branagh version). I really enjoyed The Shawshank Redemption…

“If the character of Mandy was to stay on Dallas, and you had influence over where the writers would take the character, what would you have enjoyed?”

Deborah: I would have liked her to have rivaled both J.R. and Cliff, and taken over both of their fortunes! (Laughing) Just joking….

“(Just for fun) What would be the “nightmare scenario” of what the writers would have been likely to come up with on their own?”

Deborah: Mandy marries J.R. (or Cliff, or anybody else for that matter) and becomes a domestic queen…

Erik: Jan S. has several questions. She’s from the Dallas /Fort Worth area, but I happen to know she originally hails from Hampton Roads – another Tidewater girl!

“You’ve done so many things in your career, Miss USA of 1970, modeling, actress, composer and lyricist, producer, writer, charity work, etc. What do you consider your greatest achievements?”

Deborah Shelton: Actually, I consider my greatest achievements to include being a good mother and a really good friend – being a good person. Being a perpetual student of life, and continually evolving as a person…

And of course, I’m also evolving as an actress as well. There’s that comparison Heathcliff makes in Wuthering Heights, where he’s contrasting his son with Linton’s: “His is gold set to paving stones, while mine is tin polished to ape a service of silver”. As an actress, I feel I’m making that transition from tin to gold…

Erik: (laughing) When you need a metaphor, you can always depend on the Bronte sisters…

“I read that you had a role in the play The Vagina Monologues; I wish I could have seen that!
Did you enjoy doing a play, have you done others?”

Deborah: I loved doing The Vagina Monologues – I had so much fun! I have done a few others and I enjoy the work – except for appearing in front of a live audience! It’s a lot different than acting in a film, let me tell you…

“We have lots of pictures of Tamara and Christopher in the magazine section of the site from the ’80s.

How’s your family these days?”

Deborah: They’re terrific, wonderful, great! Thanks for caring!

“I loved the TV series The Yellow Rose; my favorite actress, Deborah Shelton, and Sam Elliot on the same show. What more could I ask? I thought the show was great; it seemed like a sure bet with all the stars in the cast. I was so disappointed when it was cancelled;
What do you think happened?”

Deborah: I have no idea – I guess Westerns didn’t go over particularly well at the time.

What are you favorite movies, and who are your favorite actors?”

Deborah: I love all sorts of movies, and I have too many favorite actors to pick just a few out – it wouldn’t do justice to those I overlooked…

Erik: Najam Ahmad, from London, England asks:

How does it feel to still have such a loyal fan base and did you ever envisage the impact the Dallas role would have on your future popularity?”

Deborah Shelton: It feels wonderful! I’m very amazed and grateful – it’s awesome! I never envisioned the impact of my Dallas role, but it’s wonderful as well.

Erik: Longtime fan Garland English, from Richmond, Virginia, has several questions:

“How is your mother?”

Deborah: My mom is great! Thanks for asking! She’s in great health, and walks two miles every day. I bought her a tiny Maltese for Christmas. He only weighs about 2-3 lbs.

Erik: Yeah, “Killer” the Maltese: He may be small, but he always seems to get the better of you whenever you dog-sit him. Since I started keeping score, I’ve got it at Maltese: 3 Deborah: 0

Deborah: (laughing) Actually, his name is Boo-Boo…

Did you come to Richmond to do the commercials for K 95?”

Deborah: No, those commercials were all done in a studio in LA, through an ad agency that specializes in that kind of work. We did all those spots at one time, substituting different peoples’ names and different radio stations.

“How do you feel about your Virginia heritage, and Norfolk in particular?”

Deborah: I love my Virginia heritage and Norfolk – it’s a great place to be from! I can’t wait to go back to do that promo work for ODU!

“Oh yeah, I am very happy to be a member of this site in honor of you.”

Deborah: I’m thrilled with this site; I’m so excited that people participate here! I just find it awesome…

Erik: Didi from France has a couple of questions:

Do you remember the time you spent in France? Did you enjoy it?? And if it is positive do you plan to come back here someday for a holiday or a professional trip??”

Deborah: I loved it! Of course, in the beginning, I really didn’t know what was going on. You had to bag your own groceries, which we didn’t do in the States at the time, and I didn’t know that at first. I was holding up the checkout line, and I didn’t know why people were yelling at me! I didn’t do so well at the cleaner’s either…

I’ve returned many times in the past, and I will again!

“What is your general feeling about the site, I don’t mean graphically, but mostly about the content?

Deborah: I love the site and I’m so honored by it! I really like the content, and I appreciate the level of discourse. The positive comments I read there inspire me to continue to pursue my career.

Erik: Pauline from the UK has several questions:

“Did you watch Dallas before you got the part of Mandy?”

Deborah Shelton: No, I didn’t watch TV at all.

What was your audition like?”

Deborah: It was very scary, with Philip Capice, Leonard Katzman, and Barbara Miller (the Casting Director) all there…

“How friendly were the cast when you started?”

Deborah: Very friendly, but it’s always scary to be the new kid in school! But everyone was so nice, it was like a family.

What was your very first scene on the show?”

Deborah: To be completely honest, I can’t remember!

“What was it like working with Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Linda Gray?”

Deborah: It was wonderful! It was so much fun…

“What was it like filming the Oil Barons Ball and Rodeo scenes?”

Deborah: It was incredibly hot the day we shot the Rodeo scene – Dallas in the summer! The Oil Barons Ball was the only time the entire cast was together – you’d walk around and say, “Oh, are you part of the cast?”

“What was your favorite storyline on Dallas?”

Deborah Shelton: It’s hard to pick out a favorite, but one was where J.R. took me to this fabulous condo, and Mandy’s exclaiming how beautiful it is. J.R. says “This is yours, Mandy” and Mandy responds, “That’s wonderful, but I’m not for sale!” and she throws the keys back at him! I loved that! (laughing)

What was your least favorite storyline on Dallas?”

Deborah: For a part of one season, they had me constantly sniveling, whimpering, and being generally weak. I hated that! Not a good role model for women…

“Were you disappointed when Mandy was written out of the show?”

Deborah: Heck, yeah! I was losing my work family…

“Were you aware of your popularity in Germany?”

Deborah Shelton: I was very aware of my popularity in Germany, and I’m still popular there today. I shot that fun film with Thomas Gottschalk, and I really enjoyed working with everyone there. One time I traveled over 3,000 km by car on one trip – just a beautiful country…

Have you visited the UK?”

Deborah: Yes, but I’ve never been to Buckingham Palace, so I have to go back!

“I think Christo’s web site is a wonderful tribute to you, how did you hear about it?

Deborah: Erik wrote me this great letter, so I checked out the site! I was so moved and honored! I think he and Christo have done a wonderful job of putting that site together, and I’m so grateful and appreciative! So I called Erik up at home to thank him personally. Boy, was he ever surprised! (Laughing) We ended up navigating through the site together over the phone…Erik, are you blushing?

Erik: Is it just me, or did it suddenly get very warm in here?

“What was it like to be a model?”

Deborah Shelton: It was hard work – I found it difficult to be animated in front of a still camera, and it was hard to be that skinny! I just don’t have that ectomorphic body…

“Do you have any funny stories about the cast and behind the scenes on Dallas?

Deborah: Well, as a matter of fact…(laughing)

On your birthday, practical jokes were the norm. You might get a barrel of water dumped on your head during the 6:30 AM makeup session.

One time, I was in bed with Larry, doing a love scene, when this guy in a giant purple gorilla suit jumped into bed with us! It was Peter Fonda – he’s one of Larry’s closest friends…
But I got Larry back! We were shooting a scene where I was standing in front of him in a robe, and as I dropped my robe, exposing my naked body (although I was actually wearing a flesh-colored body stocking), the camera was supposed to pan Larry’s smiling face. But when I dropped my robe, I was wearing a 9 months pregnant belly prosthesis – and Larry, and the cast and crew, all broke-up laughing…
Phil Capice was backstage at the Miss USA competition of 1970, and picked me as his choice for the winner – and 15 years later, he picked me for Dallas!