|Born||Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York January 3, 1958|
|Occupation||Film actress, writer|
Shephard arrived in California in the early 80s, where she supported herself by working as a stripper in various L.A. strip clubs and modeling for car shoots. It was during her time stripping that she met genre filmmaker Dan O'Bannon. After a number of small television roles, Shepard broke into film with H.B. Halicki's The Junkman (1982). Roles in over a dozen mainly B movies followed; including 1985's The Return of the Living Dead, which was directed and written by O'Bannon. In 1992 she capitalized on her "B-girl" status by penning Invasion of the B-Girls, a book of interviews with cult actresses such as Kitten Natividad, Linnea Quigley, Yvette Vickers, Haji and Mary Woronov. She has also written for such publications as Premiere, Cosmopolitan, Details and The Associated Press.
Her autobiography, If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me?, detailing some of the less glamorous aspects of film making and her experiences working in adult entertainment, was published in 1996.
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- Garfinkel, Gary (Summer 1994). "Totally Live Nude Jewel". Femme Fatales. Mark A. Altman.
- Shepard, Jewel (1992). Invasion of the B-Girls. California: Eclipse Books. ISBN 1-56060-158-2.
- Shepard, Jewel (1996). If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me?. Kitchen Sink. ISBN 0-87816-475-8.
- Gallagher, Hugh (1996). "Jewel Shepard Interview". Draculina. Draculina Publishing. pp. 24–33.
- Derrick, Lisa (October 21, 2011). "Horror Fans Help Scream Queen Jewel Shepard Battle Breast Cancer". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
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