Kristy McNichol


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  • Birth Name: Christina Ann McNichol
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/11/1962, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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Kristy McNichol Shares Why She Left Show Business at Love Boat Reunion

Former television actress Kristy McNichol has opened up about why she left show business.

During a recent reunion for the hit '70s series Love Boat, McNichol, who also starred on the '80s sitcom Empty Nest but vanished from the spotlight in part because she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, told People she also left because she wanted to "see what else was out there."

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"I was on the big stage between ages 8 and 30," she added. "I left show business for a variety of reasons, but a big one was my interest in learning what else there is in life ... This phase of my life is so good. My home life is happy and serene. I love singing. I also enjoy traveling and seeing the world. One of my favorite stops is Hawaii. I like everything about it and may eventually move there part-time."

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VIDEO: A Midwinter Night's Dream, Pt. 1

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A Midwinter Night's Dream, Pt. 1
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Length: 22:28:30
Aired: 2/29/1992

A full moon on Leap Year, prompts Blanche to throw a Moonlight Madness Party. However, her plans of being ogled by men go drastically awry when Dorothy gets all of the attention. Meanwhile, Rose contemplates marrying Miles after winning a free honeymoon to Paris. watch

VIDEO: A Midwinter Night's Dream, Pt. 2

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Length: 07:33:30
Aired: 2/29/1992

The full moon and festivities prompt strange happenings including Blanche's jewelry being swiped, Sophia trying to break a curse and Dorothy and Miles sharing a passionate kiss. watch


You Can't Hurry Love
Just The Way You Are
The Night The Lights Went Out In Georg
Dream Lover

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Year Title Description
1998 Invasion America TV Show Series, Voice - Angie Romar
1988 You Can't Hurry Love Movie, Actor - Rhonda Midnight
1988 Empty Nest TV Show Series, Actor - Barbara Weston
1988 Two Moon Junction Movie, Actor - Patti-Jean
1986 Dream Lover Movie, Actor - Kathy Gardner

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Family's Kristy McNichol Comes Out as a Lesbian

Kristy McNichol has come out publicly as a lesbian in hopes of helping others who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation, People reports.

McNichol, best-known for starring in the ABC drama Family and NBC's Empty Nest, revealed that she has been... read more

A friend and I were talking ...

Question: A friend and I were talking about, of all people, Barbara Eden. Was Harper Valley PTA really her first show after I Dream of Jeannie? If so, what happened to her during the time in between?

Answer: Good question, Brian, and Ms. Eden herself didn't have an answer for you when interviewed in 1981. "I don't know," she said when asked why 10 years went by before she again starred in a series. (Jeannie was canceled in 1970 and Harper Valley debuted on NBC in 1981.) "It wasn't a question of not being wanted. The shows they found just didn't work."

No, they didn't. In fact, three networks and at least a dozen of TV's most creative types tried to come up with a series for her, while she earned high ratings doing variety specials, singing appeara read more

Hello. My father and I ...

Question: Hello. My father and I disagree: I thought Kristy McNichol was just in movies until Empty Nest, but he seems to think she was in a television series prior to that. Is that true? If so, what was the name? Thank you for your help.

Answer: Sorry, Holly, but the homily holds true in this case: Father knows best. Teen superstar Kristy McNichol made her first splash as a nationally known celeb playing 13-year-old Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on ABC's groundbreaking Family in March 1976. And her story resembles that of other child stars: Fame without a real-life perspective is a tough way to grow up.

"Everybody wants a piece of you," the actress — who did commercial work at 8, Love, American Style at 9 and was a Family regular at 13 — told TV Guide read more

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