Shelly Altman

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Michelle "Shelly" Altman is an American soap opera writer.[1] She has been the associate head writer of numerous American daytime soap operas, including Another World, General Hospital and One Life to Live. She served as co-head writer of The Young and the Restless alongside Jean Passanante from November 4, 2013 to March 18, 2015. In July 2015, Altman and Passanante returned to General Hospital as its co-head writers, replacing Ron Carlivati.[2]

Positions held

She was associate head writer of Another World for 1995–1999.

She was associate head writer of One Life to Live for 1999 through February 22, 2008 and May 2, 2008 through September 20, 2011.

She was associate head writer for General Hospital from August 10, 2011 to January 6, 2012 and from February 21, 2012 through February 28, 2013 and co-head writer for January 9 through February 20, 2012 and from October 7, 2015 to present.

She was co-head writer of The Young and the Restless from March 18 through November 1, 2013, and head writer for November 4, 2013 through March 18, 2015 and breakdown writer for March 23, 2015 through October 21, 2015.

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Awards



  • (2002, 2006, 2009; Best Writing; One Life To Live)
  • (1996; Best Writing; Another World)
  • (2012, 2013; Best Writing; General Hospital)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • (2016; Best Writing; General Hospital)


  • (2003 and 2005 season; One Life To Live)
  • (1997 season; Another World)

HW history

Preceded by
Garin Wolf
Head writer of General Hospital (with Garin Wolf)
January 9 – February 20, 2012
Succeeded by
Ron Carlivati
Preceded by
Josh Griffith
Tracey Thomson
Head writer of The Young and the Restless (with Josh Griffith: 3/18/13-11/1/13)
(with Tracey Thomson)
(with Jean Passanante: 12/23/13-3/18/15)
(with Charles Pratt Jr.: 1/16/15-3/18/15)

March 18, 2013 – March 18, 2015
Succeeded by
Charles Pratt Jr.
Preceded by
Jean Passanante
Head writer of General Hospital
(with Jean Passanante: 10/7/15-10/6/17)
(with Chris Van Etten: 10/9/17-present)

October 7, 2015 – present
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Hollywood Creative Directory. 49. Hollywood Creative Directory. September 2003. p. 358. ISBN 978-1-928936-26-8. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ Giddens, Jamey (July 24, 2015). "ABC Replaces General Hospital Head Writer Ron Carlivati With Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "35 th ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY ® AWARDS PRESENTED AT STAR-STUDDED GALA ON ABC" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
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