She graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. She then worked as an investment analyst on Wall Street and had other financial services jobs before being accepted into an acting school.
Her debut acting appearance was in an episode of Quantum Leap. She had a recurring role in Boardwalk Empire as Carolyn Rothstein.
Her father is stage actor Michael Shelle and her mother is writer Peggy Sherertz.
She played Cousin Vicki in Vegas Vacation, a film starring Chevy Chase.