Shelley Long


Date Of Birth

August 23, 1949


Award-winning actress Shelley Long was born on August 23, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An acting member of her high school’s speech team, she won the National Forensic League National Championship in 1967 for her speech on sex education. Upon graduation, she entered Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and took up drama, but left before graduating to pursue a modeling and acting career.

While in Chicago, Long joined the renowned comedy troupe The Second City, and after training and performing there, she began hosting and writing for a local television program, Sorting It Out. She later began taking significant roles on films and television, including the theatrical releases Caveman, Losin’ It and Night Shift. However, she really shot up to fame in 1982, when she joined the cast of the comedy series Cheers. She played Diane Chambers, the witty yet pretentious waitress at the bar who earns the attraction of bar owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson). The series went off to a slow start, but eventually became a hit with audiences. She herself earned an Emmy in 1982 for her role, as well as two Golden Globes.

After the show’s fifth season, in 1987, Long suddenly left Cheers, despite producers reportedly offering her a $400,000 deal. The move was surrounded by controversy and marked with disappointment from fans and critics, with some even calling it a fatal career move. Some reports stated that she did not get along with many of her co-stars, while others claimed she wanted to pursue a film career. In a recent interview, Long said that she left the program to devote more time to her family, and her then newborn daughter.

Long nevertheless took roles in numerous films and television programs after her departure from the show. After appearing in films that flopped at the box office, she appeared in Cheers’ series finale in 1993, and starred in the comedy series Good Advice, which was cancelled after two seasons. She played the role of Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie, which was released in 1995; she reprised the role in two sequels. She had guest roles in series like 8 Simple Rules and Yes, Dear, in addition to appearing on the hit ABC comedy Modern Family.

Place of Birth

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Birth Name

Shelley Lee Long




2012: Lumpy - Gail
2011: Pizza Man - Mrs. Burns
2011: Zombie Hamlet - Shine Reynolds
2011: A Holiday Engagement - Meredith
2009-2011: Modern Family (TV series) - DeDe Pritchett
2011: Retired at 35 (TV series) - Ginny
2010: Family Guy (TV series) - Carol Brady
2009: Ice Dreams (TV movie) - Harriet Clayton
2008: Mr. Vinegar and the Curse (short) - Ms. Persnickety
2007: Trust Me - Mitzi Robinson
2007: A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser - Barbara
2006: Honeymoon with Mom - Mom
2006: Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (TV movie) - Betsy Lucas
2004-2005: Complete Savages (TV series) - Judy
2005: Yes, Dear (TV series) - Margaret
2005: Boston Legal (TV series) - Miriam Watson
2004: Joan of Arcadia (TV series) - Miss Candy
2003: Strong Medicine (TV series) - Lauren Chase
2003: 8 Simple Rules (TV series) - Mary Ellen Doyle
2002: The Santa Trap (TV movie) - Molly Emerson
2002: The Brady Bunch in the White House (TV movie) - Carol Brady
1994-2001: Frasier (TV series) - Diane Chambers
2000: Dr T and the Women - Carolyn
2000: Beggars and Choosers (TV series) - Pamela Marston
1999: Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV series) - Teacher
1999: Vanished Without a Trace (TV movie) - Elizabeth Porterson
1999: Jingle Bells (TV movie) - Mom (voice)
1998: Diagnosis Murder (TV series) - Kay Ludlow
1998: Kelly Kelly (TV series) - Kelly Novack
1998: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series) - Wicked Witch
1998: The Adventures of Ragtime - Sam
1997: Melinda: First Lady of Magic (TV movie) - Mother
1996: A Different Kind of Christmas (TV movie) - Elizabeth Gates
1996: Boston Common (TV series) - Louise Holmes
1995-1996: Murphy Brown (TV series) - Dottie Wilcox
1996: A Very Brady Sequel - Carol Brady
1996: Life with Louie (TV series) - Sally Tubbs
1996: Home (video)
1996: Susie Q (TV movie) - Penny Sands
1995: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV series) - Lucille Newtrich
1995: Freaky Friday (TV movie) - Ellen Andrews
1995: The Brady Bunch Movie - Carol Brady
1995: The Women of Spring Break (TV movie) - Anne
1993-1994: Good Advice (TV series) - Susan DeRuzza 1994: Count on Me (TV movie)
1993: Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (TV series) - Narrator (segment "Bootsie Barker Bites")
1993: Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's (TV movie) - Fay Sommerfield
1982-1993: Cheers (TV series) - Diane Chambers
1992: A Message from Holly (TV movie) - Kate
1992: Fatal Memories (TV movie) - Eileen Franklin Lipsker
1992: Frozen Assets - Dr. Grace Murdock
1990: Don't Tell Her It's Me - Lizzie Potts
1990: Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase (TV movie) - Truddi Chase
1989: Troop Beverly Hills - Phyllis Nefler
1987: Hello Again - Lucy Chadman
1987: Outrageous Fortune - Lauren Ames
1986: Welcome to the Parade
1986: The Money Pit - Anna Crowley Beissart/Anna Fielding 1984: Irreconcilable Differences - Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
1983: Losin' It - Kathy
1983: Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show (TV movie) - Diane Chambers
1982: Night Shift - Belinda Keaton
1981: The Princess and the Cabbie (TV movie) - Carol
1981: Ghost of a Chance (TV short) - Jenny Clifford
1981: The Incredible Hulk (TV series) - Model
1981: Caveman - Tala
1980: The Promise of Love (TV movie) - Lorraine
1980: A Small Circle of Friends - Alice
1980: M*A*S*H (TV series) - Lt. Mendenhall
1979: Trapper John, M.D. (TV series) - Lauren
1979: The Cracker Factory (TV movie) - Clara
1979: Family (TV series) - Joan Phillips
1979: The Dooley Brothers (TV movie) - Lucy Bennett
1978: The Love Boat (TV series) - Heather McKenzie
1978: That Thing on ABC (TV movie) - Performer
1976-1977: SCTV (TV series) - Various Characters
1977: The Key - Narrator (voice)

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