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The American Gladiators Returns!!!!

January 7, 2008

It’s back……YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Remember, starting on Monday, Jan. 7, the show moves to its normal time slot, Mondays at 8:00 PM on NBC. The host of American Gladiators are Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali. [read more…]

My mind popped up, is Shelley going to play as ‘Siren’? Unfortunately, none of the original Gladiators are competing. Who is ‘Siren’ anyway?

Shelley Beattie (http://www.frsa.com/pixfemuscle/beattie.html) is a deaf female who was a formely professional bodybuilder, fitness model, and actress. Beattie is probably best known for her years as “Siren” on the American Gladiators TV series. Due to her hearing loss, she received visual cues from referee Larry Thompson while competing, and spectators would wave at her (rather than applauding) to acknowledge her performances. She competed from 1992-1996, was the only deaf Gladiator.

DeafLife magazine (July 1991)

DeafLife magazine (December 1992)

Shelley, you are sorely missed by the Deaf community!

Categories: Deaf History
  1. January 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing and I never knew about it. It’s good to know! But I am glad I don’t have a body like that. It’s not in my type but cool to know she is deaf.

  2. NightOwl
    January 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    What’s Shellie up to these days?

    I was thinking about her last night when I watched the new American Gladiator….I see that one of the new gladiator is using this name “Siren” too.

    At the end of your post, you said “Shelley, you are sorely missed by the Deaf Community”….I hope nothing bad happened to her?

  3. January 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Nightowl, nothing happened to her as she is still alive but she just kind of disappeared. I assume that no one knows what she is up to these days?

  4. NightOwl
    January 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I see, thanks FB

  5. twallclimber
    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 am

    yes i’m thrilled to see american gladiators returning. i used to love to see these challenges. i always wanted to tryout at there when was in 20s, but now phbbtt. running and mountain biking are good enough for me. 🙂

    now speaking of shelly beattie, yea i was excited to see deaf gladiator in that show. anyway, she is now a single and has no children. she works with phyiscal impaired people and works as a personal trainer near her home town. that is what i got from wikipedia. 🙂

  6. January 8, 2008 at 7:13 am

    I am thrilled to see American Gladiators again…I love this game..


  7. tim
    January 8, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I have followed her up for awhile. I am sad to learn that she has been struggled with her life. She has severe bipolar. You can visit her website for more information. Just google under her name,Shelley Beattie.

    Keep praying for her!

  8. January 15, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I never knew Siren was deaf!

  9. Fernand
    January 18, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Tim, you said Shelley Beattie has a website? I googled her name but can not find it. Do you have a link?

  10. john doe
    February 15, 2008 at 3:25 am

    This post has been removed by the moderators.

  11. Shelleys Auntie
    February 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I am so sorry for you Mr. John Doe… I don’t know who you are but you are so off the charts as far as the clock… It is so nice that you appear to be genuine, but if you were you would not publish untrue “truths” on the internet…

  12. Shelley's Uncle
    February 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    John Doe,

    What you have said is very hurtful to our family. You’ve taken a very private trauma for our family and made it public. You have no right to pronounce Shelley dead when her time has not come yet. If you work at the hospital like we think you do you should remember your patient rights, so what happens in a hospital stays in the hospital. If we knew who you are we would make sure you get reprimanded. Some things are best kept to yourself.

  13. confused
    February 18, 2008 at 3:10 am

    I’m confused, other sites are listing Shelly’s death as 2/13, this one as 2/15, and the word on the street is 2/14. Does anyone know? Not that it matters much, she was a beautiful soul gone too soon.

  14. Shelleys Auntie
    February 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you for being smart enough to be Confused. You would think more people would be. This goes to show you that there are many untruths out there especially being said by her exhusband/manager John Romano. Shelley passed away on Sat. Feb. 16, 2008. Thank you for caring for her.

  15. Kewldoc
    February 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    To Shelley’s family and friends: I became aquainted with this beautiful person through my involvement with America’s Cup racing. I write with such a heavy heart after hearing of this tragic loss. Known as Siren from television, many around the boats at that time dubbed her, “Super Wench” affectionately referring to her incredible speed and skill as a sail winch operator. She made so many friends during those days of being a charismatic leader on the America3, racing Dennis Connor to represent the USA. It was a great tribute to Shelley’s attitude and influence when during the final America’s Cup races, the captain of the New Zealand team said, “It was that deaf girl’s boat that should have been here.” Many stories like this will surface, and the family will never truly know of the vast number of people she influenced and inspired.

    My heartfelt sympathy and best wishes go out to all her family and friends.

  16. Obituary
    February 21, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Shelley Anne Beattie

    August 24, 1967 – February 16, 2008

    Shelley Beattie passed away on February 16, 2008. She was born in Santa Ana, California and moved with her family to Oregon when she was 11 years old. She attended schools and college in Monmouth, Oregon.
    Shelley was an inspiration to many and especially to the deaf community as she attained celebrity status in her 20’s. The last 10 years of her life she lived in Salem and worked as a caregiver. She always was a very caring and loving person to all and could light up a room with her energy and smile. Her joy in life was her artwork, her drums, her animals, her earth, and her life partner Julie Moisa.
    Shelley is survived by Julie; parents, Jack Beattie and Laura Mitchell; sister, Teresa Keizur; brothers, Jim and Matt Beattie; grandmother, Velda Jirges; step-parents, Sharyl Beattie and Bud Mitchell; 4 nephews; aunts and uncles; a large extended family; and her Native American Spiritual Family.
    A celebration of life in the Lakota tradition, a Native American Ceremony will be held for 24 hours starting at 12 noon on Saturday, February 23 and continuing through Sunday noon. Come anytime for this celebration between these hours. This celebration will be held at 2595 65th Ave. SE in Salem.

  17. February 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    FB, I know this is your blogsite but I feel comment #10 should be deleted….this is very grieving moment for her friends and family.

  18. Deaf Pixie
    February 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Shelly’s Aunt and Uncle..

    Our family want to honor Shelly since we met her once time at WDT.

    My understanding that I learn from George’s comment was saying that she died from grave illness. I am aware of if it is true or not. the sitution might be not true. I think Time for us to honor and don’t share with her ex husband took everything.

    Again, We want to remember about her friendly face and she was adore my little girl, Lilly.. One time she gave her some poppyseed muffin and that night we have hard time to sleep with Lilly. While Lilly sleep all through night. Same time she sleep around, We knew she got a sweet food from Shelli’s offer muffin. I told Shelly about Lilly did gave us hard time to sleep through. I wish I could send you one of Lilly slept with her adoptive dad. It was so darling picture. I did not have chance to meet her again. Also I told Lilly about Shelly. Our deep loss to your family.

    Shelly is really wonderful person to us. We talked with her in some of wonderful laugh and small talk with her about Lilly’s restless by too much surgar in Lilly’s body. I told her don’t worry Lilly will be fine.

    I know what is the bipolor depression is not easy to deal. By the way, I hope your family go through to deal and sore miss her. My younger sister have a similiar. I know it is not being easy.

    One thing we never forgot about Shelly Beattie.

    Margaret aka Deaf Pixie

  19. Kathy
    February 22, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I am saddened to learn of Shelley’s passing. More so, in learning the truth [if it is the truth] RE: teh circumstance of her death. Frankly, I hope the family look into this and pursuit this person for announcing the circumstance of Shelley’s death.

    I was at WDT when I first met her. VEry pleasant person.

    Shelley, rest in peace.

  20. Very Touched
    February 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

  21. Billythegoat
    February 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Someone does not believe that she died so I am going to post the article from Statesman Journal.


  22. John Doe 2
    February 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    To the moderators: I just want to inject another viewpoint into your removing post 10. After she left her public life, Shelley was very open and honest about her battle with bipolar disorder and how it had led to prvious suicide attempts and comtributed to her drug addiction. I strongly feel that she would want the truth about her passing to be known. Shelley was a member of a community in Portland and Salem for many years after she returned to Oregin, and nothing was revealed in that post that is not common knowledge among the people who have loved and cared about her all that time. Shelley attempted to hang herself in a long-term care facility after spending time in the Salem psychiatric ward because of her severe bipolar illness. Instead of concealing the truth, I suggest that it is more useful (and more in keeping with Shelley) to speak truthfully about what happened and the consequences of bipolar type 1, and the benefits and limitations of the medications for that illness. I loved Shelley. She was an amazing person. She was also severely ill. In addition to being very open about her illness, Shelley frequently shared her experience with drug addiction, its pervasive influence in the world she ran in, and how her husband/manager contributed to her “fall” (sorry, that one is personal, I’d love to beat the hell out of that guy). I do not want to cause any more pain to her family, but Shelley believed in the truth and so do I. In that spirit, I would suggest that her family’s concern for her would have been better spent when she was being severely abused, physically and sexually, both before and after she was placed in foster care. This was something else she was very open about, and I think that the incredible example of healiing and sorgiveness that she was able to convey came from a foundation of being willing to be honset about it. Those who did not know her missed something wonderful, and those of us that did should be gratefull for the opportunity.

    Nothing that I have shared here is confidential or priviliged professionally or otherwise. Shelley shared her truths with anyone she that would benefit from hearing them. We should all be so loving.

  23. Me
    March 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Shelley was a good freind of mine. We had many good conversations and she shared many things with me about her past. She would want us to honor her memory in a gentle and truthful way, by respecting the wishes of her family and waiting for THEM to announce the REAL details of her passing IF they so choose. Only they have the right to tell how she died.

    Shelley loved life.

    Shelley would want us to focus on the good and beautiful things, and not write posts that start rumors and cause pain, just to make yourself feel better. JOHN DOE 1&2; how sad that you are such a small person that you feel the need to do this. If you really knew and loved Shelley you would not post comments like that. You’re full of shit. Even if those things were true, Shelley would not want them posted in a public forum. I’d love to beat the hell out of YOU.

    I think I know who you are, you’re the man who dishonored my gentle sister, aren’t you? shut. up. now.

    Shelley would want her beautiful memory to live on in a beautiful way…

    she used to tell people;
    “never underestimate your abilities”
    “don’t let others define who YOU are”

    A-Ho Mitakuye Oyasin

  24. Mike
    March 7, 2008 at 9:23 am

    To Shelleys family,friends, and everyone who knew her:

    Please accept my condolences. Shelley was a very beautiful person. May she rest in peace.

  25. Shelley's Uncle
    March 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I would like to know who appointed John Doe (1&2) spokesman for our family. I would like comment #24 pulled from this board. This John Doe guy obviously has no heart and didn’t know Shelley very well. He also doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut. I suggest he take the cotton out of his ears and stick it in his mouth.

    I know my niece and she would have liked to be remembered for her virtues instead of her shortcomings. She is not here to speak for herself so I suggest you leave that to her family, after all we knew her from the day she was born, and we knew her as a person, not a celebrity. People need to know this family is still hurting: and what he says isn’t all true. Someone please bash his teeth in for me and while you are at it break all his finger too.

    Also some other things to keep in mind about HOW and WHY the “Program” works. This is taken from the Twelve Traditions of AA.

    TRADITION 10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

    TRADITION 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

    TRADITION 12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

  26. Donna - Shelley's friend
    March 9, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Shelley’s Auntie, and Uncle – God Love You for continuing to keep Shelley’s good name alive! I love you! It seems as tho some people have nothing better to do with their time then to find ways to hurt others, they are not the type of people Shelley would have waisted her time with – and neither should we. Having said that, I hope it helps to know that I will do what I can to attempt to educate the public to the facts that Shelley’s life was hers, not theirs. I say “attempt” because its hard to educate someone who is so ignorant that they have no desire to be educated!
    God’s blessings to you and your entire family! May you find peace, the peace I too am seeking.

  27. Kim C.
    March 20, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    To Shelley’s family,

    I am very saddened by her passing. I am honored to have known her before she was famous. I went to WOSC with her and lived in Monmouth for 6 years.

    Shelley was the very first deaf person I met on my first day of college. I was 19 and overwhelmed. She came up to me and said hi and I joined her circle of friends. Over the years, I watched her dreams become reality. Her deaf friends and I spent hours listening to her stories about her body building training and travels. She was hilarious. Often she would get pizzas after her competitions declaring she was temporarily off her diets! We had so much fun indulging! Her zest for life and her goals had us envious, but in a jealous way. Instead we were motivated to apply the same energy for our dreams. I am proud to say nearly all of us are successful women. Shelley was our role model in a time when we didn’t have any. What made Shelley more special that she was tangible for us.
    So what if Shelley had flaws and made mistakes, it made us love her the more especially that she admitted she was bi polar publicly. She even shared her flaws with us and laughed and cried with us. We could talk to her as well, and she never judged us. We knew her passion and her respect of people. We also knew her crazy, silly side of her that helped us laugh at our own foibles.
    Please don’t ever judge people who are bi polar. Its a horrible disease. I am so sorry she had to deal with it. I just wish she could have come to us and talked to us. She was probably too far embattled.
    I will always think of her when I see a seashell. That’s what I saw on her on that very first day 23 years ago, with seashells dangling from her ears. That memory itself will remain with me always. Why? It was her sunny personality and warmth. The real Shelley. Not the Body Builder, not the Gladiator, not the sailor, and not the sufferer of Bi Polar. We your friends from the WOSC days, will treasure our friendship and will share many happy stories about the gal who loved life.

    Love, Kim C graduate of WOSC 1988 and 1991, and Deaf like Shelley.

  28. Kim C.
    March 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Woops I meant not in a jealous way regarding the line where I said we were envious! I left out the word “not”. We were never jealous of her, just dang proud!!

    Kim C.

  29. Shelley's Mom
    March 27, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Kim. What a nice memory of Shelley.

    She truly did light up a room with her smile and love for everyone.

  30. Me
    April 11, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Kim C.
    Thank you so much for your comment. I didn’t know Shelley as long as you, but the way you describe her, well, that’s exactly how she was! Always freindly, trying to uplift others, so giving and funny. Even when she was hurting she always thought of others and made time to help someone. I, too, will always think of her when I see a seashell. We used to make jewelry together, and she sure loved her beads and shells! : )

    I met her after her Gladiator days, but I never saw her as a celebrity, that was just an interesting part of her past. She was just a wonderful person who touched so many lives. She was so generous.

    Everyone has some kind of flaw, it just makes us more human. Everyone has scars, some are visible, some not. So what.

    I used to be so hard on myself, and filled with such self-doubt and loathing, and Shelley helped me get over that and be more gentle on myself, more accepting. In the short time I knew her I learned so much. We laughed and cried together, I will miss her.

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