Shell Kepler

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Shell Kepler
Born Michelle Alaine Kepler[1]
(1958-10-05)October 5, 1958 [1]
Painesville, Ohio, USA [1]
Died February 1, 2008(2008-02-01) (aged 49) [1]
Portland, Oregon, USA [1]
Spouse(s) Kenny Ryback (5/20/1985–1991; divorced)[1]
Robert DeSantis (4/17/1993–2000; divorced)[1]

Michelle Alaine Kepler, known professionally as Shell Kepler (October 5, 1958 – February 1, 2008[1]) was an American television actress best known for her work on General Hospital as "Nurse Amy Vining" from 1979 until 2002.


In the early 1980s, she fronted the band Shell and the Crush, releasing a five-song E.P. which contained songs like "Popular Girl" and "When You Look My Way".[citation needed]

In addition to her work on General Hospital, Kepler worked on the GH spinoff Port Charles, as well as other shows, such as CHiPs and Three's Company, and the 1982 movie Homework with Joan Collins.

Kepler was also a businesswoman, marketing clothing on the former Home Shopping Club. In a 1994 interview she claimed that her "Lacy Afternoon" collection had sales topping $20 million that year alone.[citation needed]

After her TV career ended she moved to Portland, Oregon and was active in charitable fundraising.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Kepler had one brother, Fred, who is named after their father. Kepler married and divorced twice, and had no children.

Kepler died on February 1, 2008, at Oregon Health & Science University from renal failure.[2][3]

The February 26, 2008 episode of General Hospital was dedicated to Kepler, "In loving memory."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Shell Kepler at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Soap actress Kepler dies in Portland". February 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Shell Kepler Dead at 49". February 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ February 26, 2008 episode, "Robin is overcome by emotion", General Hospital

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