Shelley Long

Actor
As the prim and prudish barmaid Diane Chambers on "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), actress Shelley Long was instrumental to the success of the show, which narrowly avoided the network chopping block to become one of ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Modern Family 2009, 2011 - 2012, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Instant Mom 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best Man Down 2013 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Merry-In-Laws 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday Engagement 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Strawberry Summer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Retired at 35 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Dreams 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cheers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Rumors 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. T And The Women 2000 (Movie)

Carolyn (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Advice 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kelly Kelly 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Common 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1982 - 1987, 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Disney's Melinda: First Lady of Magic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Susie Q 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's All-Time Number 1's 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Adventures of Ragtime 1997 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

A Very Brady Sequel 1996 (Movie)

Carol Brady (Actor)

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Freaky Friday 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 (Movie)

Carol Brady (Actor)

The Women of Spring Break 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1982 - 1987, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex, Shock and Censorship in the 90's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Frozen Assets 1992 (Movie)

Dr Grace Murdock (Actor)

Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Tell Her It's Me 1990 (Movie)

Lizzie (Actor)

Bob Hope's Super Bowl Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Phyllis Nefler (Actor)

Secrets Women Never Share 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Again 1987 (Movie)

Lucy Chadman (Actor)

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Anna Crowley (Actor)

All-Star Party For Lucille Ball 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Irreconcilable Differences 1984 (Movie)

Lucy Van Patten Brodsky (Actor)

Losin' It 1983 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

Belinda Keaton (Actor)

Caveman 1981 (Movie)

Tala (Actor)

Ghost of a Chance 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

A Small Circle of Friends 1979 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Dooley Brothers 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Guy Christian 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

That Second Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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That Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

A Message From Holly (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Memories (TV Show)

Actor

Honeymoon With Mom (TV Show)

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The Cracker Factory (TV Show)

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The Princess and the Cabbie (TV Show)

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The Promise of Love (TV Show)

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The Santa Trap (TV Show)

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Vanished Without a Trace (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As the prim and prudish barmaid Diane Chambers on "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), actress Shelley Long was instrumental to the success of the show, which narrowly avoided the network chopping block to become one of television's most beloved sitcoms of all time. That success was due in large part to Long's Diane, whose on-again, off-again mismatched romance with Sam Malone (Ted Danson) fueled audience interest in the show for years. During her five seasons on "Cheers," Long adventured outside the show to stake her claim in features with hits like "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984), "The Money Pit" (1986) and "Outrageous Fortune" (1987). Buoyed by the critical and commercial success garnered from those films, Long surprised both castmates and fans when she announced her departure from "Cheers," a move that was rumored to have caused consternation among her co-stars. Unfortunately, her decision to leave the show at the height of its power led her to making ill-advised films like "Troop Beverly Hills" (1989), "Don't Tell Her It's Me" (1990) and "Frozen Assets" (1992). With her popularity hitting all-time lows, Long managed to resuscitate her career as the matriarch in "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995) and "A Very Brady Sequel" (1996). But a set of personal setbacks - divorce and an alleged suicide attempt - derailed her comeback while generating unwanted headlines. Whatever her condition, fans wished Long well during her recovery as she remained a popular figure in the history of television sitcoms.

Relationships

Bruce Tyson

Husband
married c. 1981 divorced in 2004

Juliana Tyson

Daughter
born c. 1985

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
dropped out after two years

Milestones

1998

Returned to series TV as star of the sitcom "Kelly Kelly" (The WB)

1996

Reprised role of Carol in "A Very Brady Sequel"

1995

Played Carol Brady in the feature film version of "The Brady Bunch"

1993

Reprised the role of Diane Chambers on the last episode of the sitcom "Cheers"

1993

Advent of CBS sitcom "Good Advice" delayed on account of Long's illness

1990

Attempted a dramatic role in the ABC TV-movie "Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase"

1982

Played Diane Chambers on the popular NBC sitcom, "Cheers"

1980

Made feature film debut in "A Small Circle of Friends"

Dropped out of college to pursue acting career

Joined the Second City troupe

Hosted local TV show, "Sorting It Out" in Chicago

Bonus Trivia

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Long received a 1996 Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on "Frasier" in which she reprised the character of Diane Chambers.

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