Shelley Lee Long (born August 23, 1949) is an actress, singer, and comedian from the United States. Long is best remembered for her role as Diane Chambers on the classic sitcom Cheers, for which she was nominated for five Emmys and won in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She was nominated for two Golden Globes for the role.
Long returned to the role of Diane Chambers in three episodes of the spin-off Frasier, for which she was nominated for an Emmy for guest star. In 2009, she began appearing as DeDe Pritchett on the ABC comedy series Modern Family in a recurring role.
Night Shift (1982), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Hello Again (1987), Troop Beverly Hills (1989), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), A Very Brady Sequel (1996), and Dr. T & the Women (2000).
Shelley Long’s Net Worth.
Shelley Long is an actress from the United States with a net worth of $5 million. Shelley Long is best known for playing Diane Chambers on the long-running NBC sitcom “Cheers,” for which she won an Emmy Award. She went on to play DeDe Pritchett on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” and repeated her character in three episodes of the spinoff series “Frasier.” Long has appeared in films like “Night Shift,” “The Money Pit,” “The Brady Bunch Movie,” and “Dr. T & the Women” on the big screen.
Early Years and the Start of a Career.
Shelley Long was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on August 23, 1949, to schoolteachers Ivadine and Leland. She attended South Side High School as a teen, where she was a member of the speaking team. She earned the National Forensic League’s Original Oratory National Championship in 1967. Long proceeded to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to study drama after graduation. She dropped out, however, to pursue a career in modelling and acting.
Long joined the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago in the 1970s. She also starred in various print advertisements and television commercials, as well as producing, writing, and co-hosting the local Chicago television show “Sorting it Out.” Long went on to star in episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Family,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” and “M*A*S*H” in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also appeared in “The Cracker Factory,” “The Promise of Love,” and “The Princess and the Cabbie,” all of which aired on television.
A Future in Television.
Following “Cheers,” Long starred in “Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase,” a 1990 miniseries. Her portrayal of Truddi Chase, a real-life woman who suffered from dissociative identity disorder, earned her plaudits. In 1992, Long starred in another fact-based show, “Fatal Memories,” about a woman named Eileen Franklin who fights to arrest her father for rapping her and killing her childhood friend. Long co-starred in the sitcom “Good Advice” with Treat Williams from 1993 to 1994.
She repeated her role as Diane Chambers on the “Cheers” spinoff “Frasier” in 1994 and 1996, earning an Emmy nod for her guest appearance in the 1996 episode. Long went on to star in episodes of “Murphy Brown,” “Boston Common,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Kelly Kelly,” and “Diagnosis: Murder” in the 1990s. She also appeared in “Welcome to Paradise,” a remake of “Freaky Friday,” “Susie Q,” and “Vanished Without a Trace,” all for television.
A Career in Film.
Long made her feature film debut in 1980 with “A Small Circle of Friends,” a drama. “Caveman,” “Night Shift,” “Losin’ It,” “Irreconcilable Differences,” “The Money Pit,” “Outrageous Fortune,” “Hello Again,” and “Troop Beverly Hills” were among the comedies she appeared in throughout the rest of the decade. Long was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical in 1984 for her role in “Irreconcilable Differences.”
In the 1990s, she appeared in comedies such as “Don’t Tell Her It’s Me,” which costarred Steve Guttenberg and Jami Gertz, “Frozen Assets,” which costarred Corbin Bernsen, and “The Brady Bunch Movie” and “A Very Brady Sequel,” all of which parodied the iconic television show.
Long debuted in the new millennium with a role in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy “Dr. T & the Women,” which also featured Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern, and Kate Hudson. “Trust Me,” “Pizza Man,” “Zombie Hamlet,” “Best Man Down,” “A Matter of Time,” and “Different Flowers,” the latter of which she also produced, are among her other credits during the decade.
Long married her first husband, Ken Solomon, in the 1970s, but the couple split after a few years. After that, she met and married securities broker Bruce Tyson in 1981. Juliana was their daughter, and the couple separated in 2004.
Nominations and Awards.
Shelley Lee Long is an American actress best remembered for her performance as Diane Chambers in the sitcom Cheers, for which she won an Emmy in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also nominated for two Golden Globes for the part. Long returned to her role as Diane Chambers in four episodes of the spinoff Frasier, for which she was nominated for an Emmy for guest star. She has a recurring role as DeDe Pritchett in the ABC comedy series Modern Family from 2009 to 2012. Long has also appeared in a number of films, including Night Shift, Irreconcilable Differences, The Money Pit, Outrageous Fortune, Hello Again, Troop Beverly Hills, The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, and Dr. T & the Women, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
The Golden Globe Awards are the Most Prestigious Awards in Hollywood.
- Nominated Work Category Result Ref. Year Nominated Work Year Nominated Work Category Result Ref.
- Cheers Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Won in 1983.
- Nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1984.
- 1985 Won .
- Differences that can’t be reconciled.
- Nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.