Bom-Wrapper

Shelley Ackerman

Shelley L. Ackerman

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Shelley Ackerman, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Shelley Ackerman

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Obituary

Shelley L. Ackerman, who began her career at age 17 as a comedic singer and waitress at the famed clubs The Improvisation and Catch A Rising Star, died on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in Manhattan. She passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends. She was 66 years old. The cause of death was cancer related said her friend, publicist Merle Frimark. “My Libra sister fought courageously for a long time,” Frimark said.
Born on October 14, 1953, the daughter of the late Rabbi Paul and Helen Ackerman, Shelley Ackerman grew up on New York’s Lower East Side. She graduated with honors from New York City’s High School of Music and Art. She was Peter Allen’s opening act at Reno Sweeney and played the major cabaret rooms including Les Mouches, the Playboy Club, Freddy’s Supper Club, The Grand Finale among others. At age 19, she performed in Tom Eyen's Miss Nefertiti Regrets at LaMaMa and later starred in the 20th anniversary production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1988) at Town Hall and The Kennedy Center.
Passionate about the unique language and logic of astrology, Ackerman often studied the horoscopes of celebrities and became fascinated with the timing of world events and the correlation to planetary cycles. Alongside her career as a cabaret performer/actress, she loved to study the patterns in the heavens.
Eventually, astrology took the lead and after obtaining then candidate Bill Clinton's precise birth time from his mother Virginia Kelley, in 1992, Shelley became a professional astrologer, writing columns, articles and began lecturing, teaching and providing commentary on radio and TV.
Shelley was a beloved figure in both the entertainment and astrological circles. Her website aptly titled KarmicRelief became extremely popular. She was a member of the International Society of Astrological Research (ISAR) and participated in their annual conferences around the country. At the ISAR2016 conference, Shelley was front and center with her Presidential predictions.
Shelley has written for TheAesthete.com, AOL, Beliefnet.com, The Mountain Astrologer, numerous newspapers and periodicals, including the New York Post (creating the first NY Real Estate Horoscope which ran annually 2003-2010), New York Daily News, The Westchester Guardian, New Woman Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Women, and was on the cover of The Wall Street Journal (when Pluto was famously removed from the Solar System).
In 1996 Shelley became the head of the New York affiliate of the American Federation of Astrologers. She was also active in the New York chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and taught at the New York Theosophical Society (1996-2006). She lectured, taught and had clients across the U.S., Europe and Canada.
Her many radio and TV appearances include: Access Hollywood, The Today Show, Sirius Satellite Radio, The Gayle King Show, Fox’s The Strategy Room, The O’Reilly Factor, ABC’s Eyewitness News, and ABC World News and others.
She is survived by sister Sharon Ackerman of Manhattan, brothers Sanford (Manhattan) and Mark Ackerman (New York), and friends and followers around the globe.
The funeral will be Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:00 AM. https://www.shermanschapel.com/
A memorial tribute to Shelley will be announced soon.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Shelley L. Ackerman, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Sherman's Flatbush Memorial Chapel Inc.
    Address
    1283 Coney Island Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Mt. Moriah Cemetery
    Address
    685 Fariview Avenue

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Shelley here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Shelley
1 tree has been planted in memory of Shelley L. Ackerman
LG

Lydia Gerson

Posted at 10:16am
Shelley, My dear high school buddy. We met as 15-year olds in the gym at Music & Art. Your wry sense of humor and your warmth cemented a life-long friendship. I will miss you dearly.
Lydia

ID

ISAR Board of Directors

Posted at 12:01am
From your loving Astrology family at ISAR. May you continue to shine among the stars.
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Shelley Ackerman — Plant a Tree Now
SL

Susan Langlitz

Posted at 01:52pm
I met Shelley in 2001 at the Skidmore Women's Writing Conference in August; after attending her class, I immediately scheduled a reading with her. Shelley was incredibly bright and had a sharp wit. She helped me for the next 17 years with astrological readings: always accurate and encouraging, even when things weren't great. I especially appreciated her help with my parents' passings. I wish Shelley a heaven filled with much love, light, and bright stars, as she did for all of us. Rest in peace Shelley. Love,
Susan
LC

Love and hugs from Hamburg, Christina

Posted at 04:53pm
My dearest Shelley, Although thousands of miles away you were and will always be close to my heart and in my mind. RIP, my very special friend.
Flower Image

Love and hugs from Hamburg, Christina purchased flowers and planted a memorial tree for the family of Shelley Ackerman.

Sheila Rizzo Heidelbaugh

Posted at 01:35pm
Cousin Shelley..You will always be missed and in my heart .....
My Love and Heartfelt Condolences to you Sharon,Sandy and Mark... I'm sorry I can not be there this Sunday
Love Cousin Sheila
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: