Born March 17, 1934, in Hahira, Georgia, Shelton was the daughter of Clarence Duffie and Ruth Evangeline Shelton.
The talented character actress played several memorable characters including Harriet Corbman on As the World Turns, Loretta Delahanty in Another World, Mildred Quinn on Lovers and Friends/For Richer, For Poorer, Elaine Robbins in Search for Tomorrow, and Dr. Thompson on Ryan's Hope.
Shelton's Broadway career stretches back to "The Affair" in 1962 where she was the understudy to Brenda Vaccaro. Her many theatre credits included "I Never Sang for My Father," "The Shadow Box," "Open Admissions," "The Imaginary Invalid," "Orpheus Descending" and "The Runner Stumbles."
Shelton also appeared in numerous films including All the President's Men, Running on Empty, What Lies Beneath, Pollock, One True Thing and Lean on Me.