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Shelley Long

Shelley Long is a multiple-award-winning film and television actress. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, md., Long was a natural on the stage, appearing in numerous high school plays. After graduating with a degree in drama from Northwestern University, she began her career in Chicago by performing in small films and local theatre, eventually becoming co-host and associate producer of the Chicago magazine show Sorting It Out, for which she won three local Emmys.

She eventually returned to her first passion, acting, and joined Chicago's famed Second City improvisational comedy troupe. Shortly thereafter, Long landed a role as barmaid Diane Chambers in the long-running NBC hit comedy Cheers. Long tickled audiences for 5 seasons on the perennial hit, garnering an Emmy Award and two Golden Globes for her memorable performances. She returned to the series' top-rated finale and has reprised her role as Cheers' Diane in guest appearances on NBC's Frasier. Long also has an impressive film career starring in Losin' It opposite Tom Cruise, in Ron Howard's Night Shift with Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton, Irreconcilable Differences with Ryan O'NeaI, The Money Pit co-starring Tom Hanks and Outrageous Fortune with Bette Midler. Her other film credits include: The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, Hello Again, Troop Beverly Hills and Caveman.

On television, Long starred in leading roles in television movies including Vanished Without a Trace, Memories of a Murder, Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase, Freaky Friday, and Lifetime's A Different Kind of Christmas.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Shelley Long Facts

Birth NameShelley Lee Long
BirthdayAugust 23, 1949 (73)
BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Height5' 7½" (1m71)  How tall is Shelley Long compared to you?
Awards1985 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Cheers)
1983 Golden Globe Awards: Supporting Actress In A Television Series (for Cheers)

Selected Filmography

The Brady Bunch Movie
A Very Brady Sequel
Troop Beverly Hills
Strange Bedfellows
Cheers: The Complete Series
Dr. T and the Women
The Money Pit
The Tom Hanks Comedy Favorites Collection
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