Born June 4, 1970, in Opelousas, Louisiana, a small rural town, Shellita Frank was the second of four children. Raised by her mother, Edith Nell, and Edward Fredrick Grey. Shellita was a quiet child and very curious.
“We always had a few foster kids that stayed with us. It’s funny when I think about it now. I grew up in a small three-bedroom house with eight people, but I was a loaner.” Peace and quiet was hard to find, Boxie recalls. “I lived in my head quite a bit to give myself mental peace. I think my love of acting may have started from going to different places in my mind. I could be anyone anywhere.”
Shellita remembers the first time speaking in front of a crowd. "It was a 9th-grade English project on persuasive speaking. I was terrified. I decided to dress up as an old woman. My mother helped me with my ‘costume.’ My first makeup artist and wardrobe stylist. We went all in: wig, clothes, stomach padding, makeup. It was wonderful! I still smile now when I think about that first performance in front of an audience."
Shellita graduated from Plaisance High School and attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana. But the acting bug had held on after its initial bite. “I wasn’t getting any traction in my acting career in Louisiana, so I knew I needed to make a move if I was serious. It was a choice between LA and Orlando. In ’97 Orlando was getting a reputation for being the ‘LA of the South.’ My first choice was California. However, I thought it was too far from my family”.