Long, Shelley 1949–

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Long, Shelley 1949-


Full name, Shelley Lee Long; born August 23, 1949, in Fort Wayne, IN; daughter of Leland and Evandine (a teacher) Long; married Ken, 1970 (divorced); married Bruce Tyson (an investment adviser), October, 1981 (filed for divorce, 2004); children: (second marriage) Juliana. Education: Studied acting at Northwestern University for two years.


Agent—International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


Actress. Second City (comedy troupe), Chicago, IL, past member of company; writer, director, and producer of industrial and educational films. Appeared in television commercials, including Camay soap, 1971, Alberto VO5 shampoo, 1973, Homemakers furniture, 1977, and Hitachi televisions, 1997.

Awards, Honors:

Three local Emmy awards, c. 1970, for Sorting It Out; ShoWest Award, female star of tomorrow, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1983; Emmy Award, outstanding leading actress in a comedy series, 1983, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1984, 1985, 1986, and outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1993, Golden Globe awards, best performance by an actress in a television comedy or musical series, 1983, 1985, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1984, Q Awards, best actress in a quality comedy series, Viewers for Quality Television, 1985, 1986, and TV Land Award nominations, most memorable kiss (with Ted Danson), Legend Award (with others), 2006, and break up that was so bad it was good (with others), 2007, all for Cheers; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical motion picture, 1985, for Irreconcilable Differences; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1996, for Frasier.


Film Appearances:

The Key, 1977.

Alice, A Small Circle of Friends, United Artists, 1980.

Tala, Caveman, United Artists, 1981.

Belinda Keaton, Nightshift (also known as Night Shift), Warner Bros., 1982.

Kathy, Losin' It, Embassy, 1983.

Lucy Van Patten Brodsky, Irreconcilable Differences, Warner Bros., 1984.

Welcome to Paradise, 1984.

Anna Crowley, The Money Pit, Universal, 1986.

Lauren, Outrageous Fortune, Touchstone, 1986.

Lucy Chadman, Hello Again, Touchstone, 1987.

Phyllis Nefler, Troop Beverly Hills, 1989.

Comicitis, 1989.

Lizzie Potts, Don't Tell Her It's Me (also known as Boyfriend School), 1990.

Dr. Grace Murdock, Frozen Assets, 1992.

Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch Movie, 1995.

Carol Brady, A Very Brady Sequel, Paramount, 1996.

Sam, The Adventures of Ragtime, Showcase Entertainment, 1998.

Carolyn, Dr. T and the Women, 2000.

Herself, The Making of "Dr. T and the Women" (documentary short), Artisan Entertainment, 2001.

(Uncredited) Setting the Bar: A Conversation with Ted Danson (documentary short), Paramount, 2003.

Mitzi Robinson, Trust Me, 2005.

Mom, Honeymoon with Mom, Regent Worldwide Sales, 2006.

Barbara, A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Cohost, Sorting It Out, Chicago, IL, c. 1970.

That Second Thing on ABC, ABC, 1978.

Diane Chambers, Cheers, NBC, 1982-87.

Susan DeRuzza, Good Advice, CBS, 1993-94.

Kelly Novak Kelly, Kelly Kelly, The WB, 1998.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Title role, Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase (also known as Shattered), ABC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Cara, The Cracker Factory, 1979.

Lorraine, The Promise of Love, 1980.

Carol, The Princess and the Cabbie, 1981.

Eileen Franklin Lipsker, Fatal Memories (also known as The Eileen Franklin Story), NBC, 1992.

Kate Barnes, A Message from Holly, CBS, 1992.

Anne Winger, The Women of Spring Break (also known as Welcome to Paradise), CBS, 1995.

Ellen Andrews, Freaky Friday, ABC, 1995.

Penny Sands, Susie Q, Disney Channel, 1996.

Elizabeth Gates, A Different Kind of Christmas, Lifetime, 1996.

Mother, Melinda: First Lady of Magic (Disney's "Melinda: First Lady of Magic"), ABC, 1997.

Elizabeth Birch, Vanished Without a Trace, NBC, 1999.

Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch in the White House, Fox, 2002.

Molly Emerson, The Santa Trap, PAX, 2002.

Betsy Lucas, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Lifetime, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

All-Star Party for Lucille Ball, 1984.

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special, 1985.

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, 1986.

The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, 1986.

Secrets Women Never Share, NBC, 1987.

Comic Relief '87, 1987.

Happy Birthday, Bob—50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC, NBC, 1988.

Bob Hope's Super Bowl Party (also known as Super Bowl Party), NBC, 1989.

Comic Relief III, HBO, 1989.

The Smothers Brothers Comedy HourFun 'n' Games, CBS, 1989.

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills, 1989.

Cheers: 200th Anniversary Special, 1990.

Comic Relief IV, HBO, 1990.

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic, ABC, 1991.

Host, Memories of M*A*S*H, CBS, 1991.

Count on Me, PBS, 1993.

Last Call! A Cheers' Celebration, NBC, 1993.

Fay Sommerfield, Sex, Shock, and Censorship in the 90's, MTV, 1993.

Hollywood Women, 1994.

50 Years of Funny Females, 1995.

Comic Relief VII, HBO, 1995.

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival, ABC, 1996.

Host, TV's All-Time Number 1's, Fox, 1997.

TV Guide Prevue 1st '98 (also known as Preview '98), 1998.

Intimate Portrait: Lindsay Wagner, Lifetime, 1999.

The "Frasier" Story, 1999.

My Favourite "Frasier," 1999.

Voice, Jingle Bells, 1999.

Comic Relief Jukebox, 1999.

Cheers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Tvography: Cheers, 2001.

The Love Boat, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Rumors 2, Fox, 2001.

Cheers, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002.

(Uncredited) Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter, NBC, 2004.

TV's Greatest Sidekicks, Lifetime, 2004.

The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Retrosexual: The 80's, VH1, 2004.

The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments, TV Land, 2004.

Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment (also known as Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment: A Museum of Television & Radio Special), NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Cohost, The 38th Annual Emmy Awards, 1986.

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1991.

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1996.

Presenter, The 18th Annual CableACE Awards, 1996.

Presenter, The Walt Disney Company Presents the 8th American Teacher Awards, 1998.

The Fourth Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV, TV Land, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Performer, That Thing on ABC, ABC, 1978.

That Second Thing on ABC, ABC, 1978.

Mia Mishugi, Young Guy Christian, ABC, 1979.

Lucy Bennett, The Dooley Brothers, CBS, 1979.

Jenny Clifford, Ghost of a Chance, ABC, 1981.

Home, ABC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Heather McKenzie, "Computer Man," The Love Boat, 1978.

Joan Phillips, "Sleeping Over," Family, 1979.

Lauren, "The Shattered Image," Trapper John, M.D., 1979.

Nurse Mendenhall, "Bottle Fatigue," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1980.

Model, "Patterns," The Incredible Hulk, 1981.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Tonight Show), NBC, 1982.

Diane Chambers, "Cheers 200th Anniversary Special," Cheers, NBC, 1990.

Narrator, "Ruby the Copy Cat," Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, Showtime, 1992.

Diane Chambers, "One for the Road," Cheers, NBC, 1993.

Diane Chambers, "Adventures in Paradise: Part 2," Frasier, NBC, 1994.

Lucille Newtrich, "Ultra Woman," Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1995.

Dottie Wilcox, "Dick and Dottie," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1995.

Dottie Wilcox, "Son of Dottie," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996.

Diane Chambers, "The Show Where Diane Comes Back," Frasier, NBC, 1996.

Louise Holmes, "Trustee and Sympathy," Boston Common, NBC, 1996.

Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen, four episodes, Showtime, 1996.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 2001.

Wicked witch, "Sabrina and the Beanstalk," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina), ABC, 1998.

Kay Ludlow, "Write, She Murdered," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998.

Mrs. Robertson, "The Green Boots," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX, 1999.

Pamela Marston, "Fasten Your Seatbelts," Beggars and Choosers, 2000.

Diane, "Don Juan in Hell: Parts 1 & 2," Frasier, NBC, 2001.

Herself, V Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2003.

Mary Ellen Doyle, "The Doyle Wedding," 8 Simple RulesFor Dating My Teenage Daughter (also known as 8 Simple Rules), ABC, 2003.

Lauren Chase, "Jeaneology," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2003.

Miss Candy, "Vanity, Thy Name is Human," Joan of Arcadia, CBS, 2004.

Judy, "Thanksgiving with the Savages," Complete Savages, ABC, 2004.

Judy, "Bad Reception," Complete Savages, ABC, 2005.

Miriam Watson, "Death Be Not Proud," Boston Legal, ABC, 2005.

Margaret, "The New Neighbors," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2005.

"Small Screen, Big Stars," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

"Greatest TV Romances," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

"Sexiest Men," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Anna, Corazon de … 2006.

"Soap Opera Starts," My First Time, TV Land, 2006.

Television Work; Series:

Associate producer, Sorting It Out, c. 1970.

Coexecutive producer, Kelly Kelly, The WB, 1998.

Television Work; Movies:

Consultant, The Brady Bunch in the White House, 2002.

Creative consultant, The Santa Trap, PAX, 2002.



Ladies' Home Journal, March, 1995, p. 90.

People Weekly, September 2, 1996, p. 20.


Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, October 12, 2000, p. K1667.