Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabares
Real Name/Full Name Michele Ann Marie Fabares
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Shelley Fabares
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California USA
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 19 January 1944
Age/How Old: 80 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 163 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 5″
Weight: In Kilograms – 55 Kg
In Pounds – 121 lbs
Eye Color: Grey
Hair Color: Dark brown
Parents Name: Father –James Alan Fabares
Mother –Elsa R. Elyer
Siblings: Nanette- sister
School: North Hollywood High School
College: Black Hawk College
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Boyfriend: N/A
Husband/Spouse Name: Lou Adler (married 1964; div. 1980), Mike Farrell (m. 1984)
Kids/Children Name: No
Profession: Actress and singer
Net Worth: $2 million
Last Updated: April 2024

Michele Ann Marie Fabares popularly known as Shelley Fabares is a popular American actress as well as a singer. She has been active in her career since 1947, but her popularity began when she was three. She is best known for her role in The Donna Reed Show as Mary Stone and the sitcom Coach as Christine Armstrong. Her recording of, Johnny Angel in 1962 was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She has won various awards and nominations from her career.

Well, how well do you know about Shelley Fabares? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Shelley Fabares’s net worth in 2024, her age, height, weight, boyfriend, husband, kids, biography and complete details about her life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Shelley Fabares to date.

Biography and Early Life

Fabares was born on 19th January 1944 in Santa Monica California. She is the daughter of the late James Alan Fabares who died on 10th December 1977, and her mother was Elsa R. Eyler Who died in 1992 after suffering from Alzheimer disease. She is a younger sister to Nanette Smokey. She has an aunt, Nanette Fabray, who was an actress who might be the one who inspired her to her actress career.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Shelley Fabares in 2024 and what is her height and weight? Well, Shelley Fabares’s age is 80 years old as of today’s date 23rd April 2024 having been born on 19 January 1944. Though, she is 5′ 5″ in feet and inches and 163 cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 121 lbs in Pound and 55 kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Grey and hair color is Dark brown.


Fabares, like any other child, has an education background, although not much has been disclosed about her education. She attended North Hollywood High school. She later received her higher education from Black Hawk College.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Shelley Fabares With Husband Mike Farrell
Shelley Fabares With Husband Mike Farrell

Fabares has been married twice in her life. Her first marriage was with Lou Adler, a producer in 1963 but their marriage did not last for long as they separated after two years, and in 1980 they finalised their divorce. She got married to Mike Farrell, an actor, in 1984. Her husband was formally married to Judy Farrell and had two sons, Elin and Michael. Fabares became their stepmother and had some tough times with them as they did not like her.

Fabares has had health problems after falling at their home and broke her rib in 1994, making her be hospitalised for some months. She had a liver failure in 1999 and had to undergo a liver transplant in order to save her life.

Is Shelley Fabares Lesbian?

Fabares has a straight sexual orientation, and thus she is not a lesbian. She has been married, and although she has no children of her own, she has stepchildren. Never in her life has she been said to be a lesbian.

Professional Career

Fabares began her acting at a very tender age of three. She made her first appearance on television when she was 10 in an episode, Letter to Loretta. In Our Town, she also appeared and was starring Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman.  She took the role of young Cathy in Manitee Theatre. Some other television appearances include; The Girl Rush in 1955, Never Say Goodbye, The Bad Seed and Rock, Pretty Baby in 1956, Summer Love and Marjorie Morningstar in 1958. Still, in 1958, she was Moselle Corey in the film Annette starring Funicello.

Fabares joined The Donna Reed Show in 1958and her role was Mary Stone and ran until 1966. She had a regular role on The Brian Keith Show from 1972 to 1974. After the end of that show, she resumed some other guest shots as Police Story, The Rookies among others. From 1978 to 1979, she featured in three main films, Forever Fernwood, One Day at a TIME and Highcliffe Manor.

Her next main role was on the ABC sitcom Coach as Christine Armstrong in 1989. In her later career, she voiced the role of Martha Kent on Superman, an animated series that is in 1997. She has voiced in several other films such as Justice League and Superman; Brainiac Attacks in 2006.

Fabares is also a singer and has produced both singles and albums. One of her most popular songs is Johnny Angel of 1962 which reached the first position on hot 100. Some of her albums include; Shelley, The Things We Did Last Summer, Johnny Loves Me and Teenage Triangle.


Fabares has received the following nominations and awards

  1. In 1965, she was nominated by Laurel Awards for the category of New Faces- female
  2. She was nominated by Primitive Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series in 1993 and 1994 in the film Coach
  3. Again in 1994, she won the Young Artist Award for The Donna Reed Show
  4. In 2004, she was nominated by TV Land Award as female favorite Teen Dream for the film The Donna Reed Show

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Shelley Fabares in 2024

Shelley Fabares Net Worth
Shelley Fabares Net Worth

As of 2024, Fabares has an estimated net worth of $2 million. The main source of her income is from her acting career as well as being a singer. She has been able to acquire her wealth from being much dedicated in her career, and although she has been through some health problems that did not stop her from achieving great in life. She has also acquired part of her wealth from the two houses they own with her husband.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  1. Fabares has no children of her own, but she raised two of his husband’s children which he had gotten with his former wife.
  2. Fabares drinks alcohol and this might be the cause of his liver failure which led to a transplant.

In conclusion, we can say that Fabares is a very dedicated and courageous woman in her career. Although she was faced with health problems, it did not stop her from achieving so much in her life. She is a true definition of women hard work and struggles in life and should be emulated by many.


  1. Shelley emanates class, I had a crush on her

    through Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks,CA,

    I was raised in North Hollywood. 1942–1969

    when I divorced.

    Shelley and Sandra Dee were my style, God

    Bless you… Mike Farrell is blest..


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