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Kristy McNichol - Full Biography

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She first captured hearts as a fresh-faced teen actress in the TV drama Family, a role for which she earned two Emmy Awards. Inside, though, Kristy McNichol was battling a debilitating bipolar disorder which eventually became so overwhelming that she abandoned her film career. In December of 1982, she walked off the set of a movie due to the disease which was taking an increasing toll on her willingness to live a public life as an actress. Over the next several years her roles dwindled precipitously, and although she earned kudos as an activist on behalf of abused children, by the mid-1990s her acting career was over.