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Kristy McNichol Biography

Birth Name:
Christina Ann McNichol
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Entered show business at age 8 by appearing in a commercial for Kraft cheese; landed some early TV roles with help from family friend Desi Arnaz
  • Recorded a 1978 album with her brother Jimmy that included the single "He's So Fine," which reached No
  • 70 on the Billboard chart
  • Popularized in the late '70s by a pair of Kristy dolls sold by Mattel, including one as her character Buddy from Family
  • Was once roommates with Liberace's niece Ina in Beverly Hills
  • Returned to Empty Nest in 1995 for the sitcom's final episode after leaving the show in 1992
  • After retiring from acting, has spent her time teaching drama and doing charity work


  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Thomas McNichol -- Brother
  • Tommy McNichol -- Brother
  • Jim McNichol -- Father
  • Carollyne McNichol Lucas -- Mother
  • Martie Allen -- Significant Other
  • Siegfried Lucas -- Stepfather
  • Jennifer Lucas -- Stepsister