Shelly Altman

Michelle "Shelly" Altman is an American soap opera writer who is known as breakdown and associate head writer of numerous American daytime soap operas, including Another World, General Hospital and One Life to Live.


In 1987, Altman co-wrote a screenplay for Sweet Lorraine.[1] From 1995 to 1999, Altman and Jean Passanante were associate head writers of Another World[2] and from 1999 to 2011 held the same position while doing One Life to Live.[3] From 2013 to 2015 Altman was a co-head writer of The Young and the Restless along with Jean Passanante.[4][5] In 2015, Altman and Passanante replaced Ron Carlivati, who was the head writer of General Hospital since 2012.[6][7][8] Altman had been the show's associate head co-writer since 2011, prior to which she was its breakdown writer.[9][10]

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (2008; Best Writing; One Life To Live)[11]
  • (2014; Best Writing; The Young and the Restless)[12]


  • (1996; Best Writing; Another World)
  • (2002, 2006, 2009; Best Writing; One Life To Live)
  • (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: 10/9/17-10/28/19)

October 7, 2015 – October 28, 2019
Succeeded by
Dan O'Connor
Chris Van Etten


  1. Janet Maslin (May 1, 1987). "Film: "Sweet Lorraine"". The New York Times.
  2. Michael Fairman (September 4, 2015). "Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante Share Thoughts On Being First GH Female Head Writers In Over a Decade!". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. Kambra Clifford (June 23, 2014). "DAYTIME EMMY EXCLUSIVE: Winners React to Emmy Honors!". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. "Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante New Y&R Co-Head Writers". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  5. Jamey Giddens (September 12, 2013). "Sony Confirms Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante as Head Writers of The Young and the Restless". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  6. Karen Butler (July 29, 2015). "'General Hospital' gets new head writing team: Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante". UPI. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  7. Michael Fairman (July 24, 2015). "BREAKING NEWS: Ron Carlivati OUT As Head Writer & Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante IN at General Hospital!". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  8. Giddens, Jamey (July 24, 2015). "ABC Replaces General Hospital Head Writer Ron Carlivati With Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  9. Errol Lewis (October 25, 2011). "Breakdown Writer Shelly Altman Named Co-Head Writer of 'General Hospital'".
  10. Kambra Clifford (October 5, 2015). "New GH writers' material debuts this week; major changes ahead". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  11. "35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy ® Awards Presented at Star-Studded Gala on ABC" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  12. Michael Fairman (May 8, 2014). "The Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante Interview – The Young and the Restless". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
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