Born Shelley Catherine on January 2, 1987 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Shelley Hennig is known for being a beauty queen and actress. In high school, Hennig was active with her extra-curricular activities, which included dancing and writing. Yet her studies never lagged behind. She was also awarded for academic excellence.
When she was 14, one of her older brothers died in a vehicular accident due to drunk-driving. Since then, Shelley Hennig had become an advocate against under-age drinking, having worked with the local non-profit organization Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, where she talked to kids about the negative impacts and consequences of drug abuse and alcoholism.
In 2004, Shelley Hennig won the Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageant in Lafayette and represented her state in the Miss Teen USA pageant. She also won this title which made her the first girl from Louisiana to win a title in eight years. Prices included a modeling contract and a scholarship to the School for Film and Television in New York, where she studied for almost two years. During her reign, she made numerous guest appearances in television shows , including an NBC soap Passions.
In 2007, this would be followed by an even bigger role in an even bigger saop. Hennig was signed up for Days of our Lives as Stephanie Johnson
. She initially was apprehensive about auditioning because she was told beforehand that she was not what they were looking for, since she is a brunette and they were looking for a redhead. Yet she got the call the next day and said had been very thankful everyday since.