Angela Aames was born in Pierre, South Dakota on February 27, 1956. Various sources give different names as her birth name but it seems verified that she was not born with either the name Angela or Aames. One person I interviewed said she picked Aames because she thought it would give her an advantage to be at the top of lists.
She attended the University of South Dakota before moving to Hollywood in 1978. In Hollywood, she studied at the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop and at the Lee Strasberg Institute.