Shelley Long

Shelley Long Biography

Comedian, Television Actress(1949–)
Emmy-award winning television and film actress Shelley Long played Diane Chambers on the TV sitcom 'Cheers' and was Carol Brady in 'The Brady Bunch: The Movie.'

Synopsis

Shelley Long was born on August 23, 1949, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After a handful of film and television appearances, including 1981's spoof Caveman, MASH and Night Shift, she landed the role of Diane Chambers on the hit sitcom Cheers in 1982. She won an Emmy that year and Golden Globes in 1982 and 1984. Her career since Cheers has included a stint as Carol Brady in 1995's The Brady Bunch: The Movie.

Early Life

Actress Shelley Long was born on August 23, 1949, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The daughter of a school teacher, Long attended Northwestern University where she majored in drama. She dropped out after two years to pursue an acting career and began appearing in Chicago television commercials in the 1970s. She also joined the prestigious Second City comedy troupe and hosted a local news magazine called Sorting It Out.

'Cheers' and Later Years

After a handful of film and TV appearances, including 1981's spoof Caveman, MASH and Night Shift, Long landed the role of Diane Chambers on the hit sitcom Cheers in 1982. She won an Emmy that year and Golden Globes in 1982 and 1984 for her performance as the pretentious, uptight waitress. But beind the scenes, Shelley Long's reportedly overbearing personality wore on the rest of the ensemble cast, and she left the series in 1987.

Her career since Cheers has been less notable and has included a stint as Carol Brady in 1995's The Brady Bunch: The Movie. She reprised the role for 1996's A Very Brady Sequel.

Personal Life

Long married investment advisor Bruce Tyson in 1981. Their daughter, Juliana, was born in 1985.

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