Lorelei Martha Shellist
Birthname: Lorelei Martha Shellist
Birthdate:December 13th, 1958
Marital Status: Divorced (Johnston) ~
The last name was mentioned in Jacqueline's wedding
program. Aside from that mention, we have found nothing on the
Currently Resides: Playa Del Rey, CA
Previous Jobs: Modeling, Singing,
Current Job: Author, Publishing, Model,
Modelist, and most importantly a volunteer counselor at Oasis Center in
Nashville, Tennessee and Polinski Center in San Diego, California. Lorelei
counsels At-Risk Teens teaching them "Life Skills" such as self confidence, job
interview skills and goal setting.
How she met Steve:
According to Lorelei, "I wasn't a Def leppard fan prior
to meeting Steve, I didn't know them where I lived in Europe. Steve and I met
through my friend, Peter Mensch, the band's manager, when he and Phil came to
Paris. We met in my apartment in Paris and the four of us went to dinner
together. Yes, Valerie and I both paid our own way, it was not meant to be a
"date" and so we did not expect them to pay even though they were very wealthy
young men at the time. We had our own careers and so we didn't need their
On their relationship:
"We were together nearly seven years. We had plans of getting
married and having children when the Hysteria Tour ended in October of 1989, but
by then his drinking had escalated to the point of no return. Steve was the love
of my life and I miss him to this day."
How she heard that Steve had died:
"I was in our NY apartment waiting for him to finally get sober
. I got the dreaded call from his manager, Cliff Burnstein, the morning he died.
On his birthdays and on the anniversaries of his death I usually light a candle
and talk to him, telling him how much I missed him."
Lorelei was born in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in what
she refers to as a "dysfunctional" family. She would eventually run away as a
teenager. She has two sisters, Jan and Corrine (one is a personal chef in
Beverly Hills). Her modeling career began at 14 1/2 and got her first Hollywood
agent at 15. At the age of 16, she moved to New York to work with the Ford
Agency. Lorelei went to Europe at 19 years of age, working through The Elite
The daughter of musical parents, Lorelei decided to give music a
try. Coincidentally, she performed at a club owned by Karl Geary, the actor that
played Steve. Here's what she has to say about it:
"I remember when I was
first performing my own songs 'live' in NYC. Karl owned a very hip spot on the
lower east side of Manhattan called "Cafe Sine". He doesn't know it was me he
booked back then. I think he sold the place when he went into acting."
In 2000, Lorelei wrote an article on DL that appeared on
DISHMAG.COM. According to Lorelei, "I came up with the idea for the magazine to
do a story on the band because they were playing so close to Nashville where the
magazine is based. So when I pitched the idea to Raeanne Rubenstein, the editor,
for someone else to write she called me back and said "You're a writer, why
don't you write it? You know them better than any journalist I can send!"
Besides, she knew I was going to be there anyway! lol" You can find that article
She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in the field
of Counseling Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. In addition, Lorelei
specializes in Family and Relationship Counseling, Personal Growth Healing, Chemical Dependency, and Strategies For Success. Her ultimate goal is
in promoting Joy and Mental Wellness to all.
Her latest endeavor is of
great interest to many Lep fans! Lorelei has written a book,
Runway Runaway , about her life.
This of course includes tales of Steve and their time together. The
feedback has been pretty positive. You can find out how to get it by
stopping by her website!!
Authoring a book led Lorelei to enter the publishing world. She
now owns her own business, Siren Star Publishing. The company
deals with the worldwide production of books, audio, music and other media that
are inspirational, lyrical and informative.
Films That Suck (1999) .... Publicist
A Letter From Death Row (1998) .... Jessica Foster
High Tension, Low Budget (The Making of a Letter From Death Row) (1999) (V) .... Jessica Foster/self
"Veronica Mars".... Mrs. Drake (1 episode, 2005)
- Kanes and Abel's
(2005) TV Episode
.... Mrs. Drake
An audio resume used to be available, but is
Lorelei has appeared on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, AM
New York, Phil Donahue, Good Morning Los Angeles, CNN, Lifestyles of the Rich
and Famous, BBC and Joan Rivers Show as an expert on fashion, beauty and women's
Ms. Shellist worked as a model with Elite Model Management, Inc.
and Ford Models, Inc.
Most recently, Lorelei appeared in a national campaign for
AT&T and was the "hang-tag" model for Vanity Fair Lingerie for women. She
continues to work as a fashion model and has recently enjoyed serving as a
Lorelei's portfolio includes tear sheets from magazines
including Vogue, Marie Claire, Italian Vogue, WWD, and Italian Bazaar.
She has worked for numerous designers
including Giorgio Armani, Bob Mackie, Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix, Karl
Lagerfeld, Yves St. Laurent, Geoffrey Beene, and Gian Franco Ferre.
Bio, gallery, professional endeavors, and more
(a major source for much of our information)
The Publishing Company
Supersite interview provided some of the quotes used on this