What happened to Kristy McNichol? Where is she now? Wiki

• Kristy McNichol is an American actress who developed a successful career from her early childhood.
• She quit acting after more than two decades of working in TV and movie projects.
• In 2012 she ‘came out’, revealing her life partner Martie Allen.
• She has a net worth of $7 million and enjoys her private life with her partner.
• She is an advocate for young actors and does charity work.



Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth $7 Million
Date Of Birth September 11, 1962
Fact Younger sister of Jimmy McNichol.



Kristy McNichol is or was a noted American actress, who developed a successful career from her early childhood. However, she quit acting after more than two decades of starring in popular TV and movie projects. She disappeared from public life for sometime, then in 2012 she ‘came out’, revealing her life partner Martie Allen.

Early life and family

Christina “Kristy” Ann McNichol was born on 11 September 1962, in Los Angeles, California USA, so her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. Her father is James McNichol, who worked as a carpenter, and her mother is Carolyn McNichol Lucas, she worked in several positions to support the family, as a secretary, sales assistant in a cosmetic shop, eventually becoming business manager for her kids, Kristy and Jimmy.

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Jimmy is Kristy’s older brother, who also became an actor – they started their acting and modeling careers together, end,ing up with recording the music album “Kristy and Jimmy McNichol” with such singles as “He’s So Fine” and “Page By Page”. Kristy’s younger brother Thomas “Tommy” McNichol chose his own way, and studied computer science. In her interview with People magazine in 1989, Kristy remembered she had always been the mother, while her mom often behaved childishly. Kristy had to control the chaos in the house – cleaning the mess, did the laundry, etc., while everybody but her was careless. It was the time she started experiencing episodes of strong anxiety: ‘I have always been really responsible, and my mom has been more flighty’, Kristy recalls.

Kristy’s parents divorced when she was only three years old, and her mother threw all her strength to develop her kids’ acting careers, making them attend auditions and then rehearsals.

Educational background

Kristy matriculated from her local high school in Los Angeles in 1980. As she was busy with her acting career from her childhood, she didn’t enroll at any college until in 1985, when she quit acting for some time, enrolling at the California College of Hair Design for a change. She worked as a hairdresser to have some rest from the filming she didn’t enjoy anymore. People around her thought she was committing career suicide, but in fact Kristy enjoyed working on her own without so many people around her. She later called it an act of self-preservation.

Kristy McNichol

Acting career

First steps

Kristy started appearing in commercials along with her older brother Jimmy when she was not even four years old. In 1973 she landed her first minor role in “Love, American Style” as Steffi, appearing in the episode “Love and the Unsteady Steady”. In 1974 she appeared as Rachel in the TV drama series “Apple’s Way”, and stayed in the show for two years to play the role of Patricia Apple as a regular cast member in 15 episodes. From 1975 to 1976 Kristy appeared in a couple of episodes of “ABC Afterschool Special”, also landing minor roles in TV series “Starsky & Hutch”, “Sara” and “The Bionic Woman”.

As a teenager she faced an attempt of sexual abuse from the director of the commercials she was working on; running away from the director’s trailer after he tried to touch her, she refused to accept the realities of the industry, and never accepted the job offers which came from such directors.

Working on the “Family” series

In 1976 Kristy joined the cast of the “Family” series in which she landed the role of Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence. Her colleagues remember she looked more like a miniature adult, always holding a small briefcase in her hand. She was way too serious about her role in the series, and easily remembered the lines, getting them minutes before walking out on the set.

For her work in “Family” Kristy was nominated for a Golden Globe as the Best Supporting Actress, and won two Emmy Awards in 1977 and 1979 in the category Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series. However, Kristy recalls she was trying to please her mother by acting in the series, and didn’t really enjoy her career that much. Her mother wanted to be an actress, and Kristy wanted to help her make her dream come true, sometimes taking minor roles to please her, but these only made Kristy more exhausted, thinking not only about herself, but also about her mother’s career.

Further acting career, anxiety episodes, depression

From 1978 Kristy started appearing in TV movies, such as “Like Mom, Like Me”, “Summer of My German Soldier” and “My Old Man”.

In 1980 she had her first role in the theatrical film “Little Darlings”, playing Angel Bright, and in 1981 she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in “Only When I Laugh”. In 1982 Kristy voiced-over the character of the Princess in the “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” anime fantasy film, directed by Yoshikatsu Kasai. By the time she started filming “Just the Way You Are” in 1984 Kristy was totally exhausted, and even refused to go to Europe where the scenes of the movie were to be filmed. However, she went to France and started working on Édouard Molinaro’s project. From the inner discomfort and depression her weight dropped to 96lbs (43kgs), but her colleagues denied she was really feeling unwell, inviting a masseuse to help her relax.

When the filming stopped for the Christmas break, Kristy returned home and refused to go back on the set, and the movie was only finished in a year, after Kristy underwent psychological treatment, and was diagnosed with severe depression and emotional and physical exhaustion.

Coming back for the “Empty Nest” series

Kristy’s colleagues in Hollywood spread rumors about her emotional state, and was said to have problems with drugs, alcohol, etc. She didn’t give them a chance to find out the truth – she didn’t want to be an actress anymore. Kristy: ‘I’m not a saint, but I’ve never been hooked on a drug or a drink. I’ve had my share of problems, just not those. I think it would be easier to kick that kind of habit than to go through the years of hell that I have’.

After several years of silence and intensive treatment, Kristy got a chance to appear in the new TV series “Empty Nest” (1988 – 1995), landing the role of Barbara Weston. She later shared that she accepted the offer only because it was a comedy, and Kristy wanted to try something new – after a year in the series, she finally felt calm and happy. However, in less than a decade she quit acting. Among her last works were such series as “The Golden Girls”, “Extreme Ghostbusters” and “Invasion America”, while her last films were “Two Moon Junction”, “Baby of the Bride” and “Mother of the Bride”. Leaving Hollywood, Kristy announced she was going to focus on her health, and never again came back to filming.

Life after acting

After spending several years recovering her emotional and physical state, Kristy began sharing her experience with other people, teaching acting in a private school in Los Angeles.

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She also does a lot of charity work, supporting young actors at the start of their profession. She attends such events as Chiller Theatre Convention held at the Hilton Parsippany, New Jersey, meeting young talents and helping them with her experience from her 24-year-long career.

Is Kristy a lesbian? Current partner Martie Allen

Kristy has always been surrounded with rumors about her sexuality. In 2012 she revealed she was a lesbian, and her partner was Martie Allen – the couple has actually been together since 1919. Kristy also admitted that she earlier dated the actress Elizabeth Brook, but who in 1997 died of brain cancer, which broke Kristy’s heart. However, she recovered in the arms of Martie Allen, and the couple is now living happily, taking care of their miniature dachshunds.

Jeff Ballard, Kristy’s publicist, said that with her coming out she wanted to help kids who were being bullied for the way they were. Martie Allen is a TV personality, who was born in 1960 in the USA. She and Kristy married at a private ceremony, not sharing many details about it. They now enjoy their private life, doing yoga, running and eating out together.

Appearance, clothing style

Kristy has short dark brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall and weighs around 143lbs (65kgs). As to her clothing style, she enjoys wearing casual clothes, often jeans, sweatshirts or feminine suits.

Net worth and salary

As of 2019, Kristy is reported to have a net worth of $7 million. Even though she quit her acting career in 1998, she is still enjoying her wealth, living in her fashionable house in Sherman Oaks.

General Info

Full Name Kristy McNichol
Net Worth $7 Million
Date Of Birth September 11, 1962
Height 1.6 m
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American

Family

Parents Jim McNichol, Carolyn McNichol Lucas
Siblings Jimmy McNichol, Thomas McNichol, Jennifer Lucas
Partner Martie Allen, Martie Allen

Accomplishments

Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Young Motion Picture Actress
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Young Motion Picture Performer
Movies Little Darlings, The Pirate Movie, White Dog, Two Moon Junction, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Just the Way You Are, Only When I Laugh, Summer of My German Soldier, Dream Lover, The Forgotten One, Women of Valor, Like Mom, Like Me, You Can’t Hurry Love, Blinded by the Light, Love, Mary, …
TV Shows Invasion America, Empty Nest, Family, Apple’s Way

Social profile links

Facts

# Fact
1 Announced her retirement from acting in 2001.
2 Taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles. [2001]
3 Turned down the Brooke Shields role in Pretty Baby (1978), due to conflicts with Family (1976) producer Aaron Spelling.
4 Turned down the Jodie Foster role in Taxi Driver (1976).
5 Longtime friends with Elisabeth Brooks and Kari Michaelsen.
6 Dropped out of acting because she was sick and tired of acting, wanted to have an average life, and one thing she pursued was going to school to learn how to style hair.
7 Ranked #49 in VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars”
8 Her maternal grandfather was of Lebanese descent. Her other ancestry includes Scottish, Walloon-Belgian, German, and English.
9 McNichol’s role in the ABC Afterschool Specials (1972), ABC Afterschool Specials: The Pinballs (1977), was to advertise and promote the Halter Top fashions. She wore her personally designed halter tops on the show.
10 Younger sister of Jimmy McNichol.
11 Was considered for a role in The Bad News Bears (1976), but lost it to Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neal.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

Title Year Status Character
Only When I Laugh 1981 Polly Hines
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1981 Amanda Child
Blinded by the Light 1980 TV Movie Janet Bowers
Family 1976-1980 TV Series Letitia ‘Buddy’ Lawrence
Little Darlings 1980 Angel
My Old Man 1979 TV Movie Jo Butler
Summer of My German Soldier 1978 TV Movie Patty Bergen
Like Mom, Like Me 1978 TV Movie Jennifer Gruen
The End 1978 Julie Lawson
Starsky and Hutch 1976-1978 TV Series Joey Carston / Molly Edwards / Meg
ABC Afterschool Specials 1975-1977 TV Series Carlie Higgins / Nina Beckwith / Jenna McPhail
The Love Boat 1977 TV Series Kelly Rixie
Black Sunday 1977 scenes deleted
The Love Boat II 1977 TV Movie Linda Morley
The Bionic Woman 1976 TV Series Amanda Cory
Sara 1976 TV Series
Apple’s Way 1974-1975 TV Series Patricia Apple / Rachel
Run, Joe, Run 1974 TV Series Judy Barnes
Love, American Style 1973 TV Series Steffi (segment “Love and the Unsteady Steady”)
Call to Action to Mayor Bloomberg: Sodas & Soap Operas 2012 Short Kristy McNichol
Invasion America 1998 TV Series Angie Romar
Extreme Ghostbusters 1997 TV Series Girl in Sub
Empty Nest 1988-1995 TV Series Barbara Weston
Mother of the Bride 1993 TV Movie Mary
The Golden Girls 1991-1992 TV Series Barbara Weston
Baby of the Bride 1991 TV Movie Mary
Children of the Bride 1990 TV Movie Mary
The Forgotten One 1989 Barbara Stupple
Two Moon Junction 1988 Patti Jean
Murder, She Wrote 1988 TV Series Jill Morton
You Can’t Hurry Love 1988 Rhonda
Women of Valor 1986 TV Movie T.J. Nolan
Dream Lover 1986 Kathy Gardner
Love, Mary 1985 TV Movie Mary Groda-Lewis
Just the Way You Are 1984 Susan Berlanger
The Pirate Movie 1982 Mabel Stanley
White Dog 1982 Julie Sawyer
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp 1982 The Princess (English version, voice)

Soundtrack

Title Year Status Character
The Pirate Movie 1982 performer: “First Love”, “Pumpin And Blowin”, “Hold On”
Only When I Laugh 1981 performer: “Heart”, “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” uncredited
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1981 performer: “I Need You Strong for Me”, “Baby Bye Bye”, “Life Is Like a Mountain Railway”, “Hangin’ Up the Gun”

Producer

Title Year Status Character
Mother of the Bride 1993 TV Movie co-executive producer

Self

Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself – The Love Boat
Planet View 2013 Documentary Herself – Host
Biography 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
The Fifth Annual Genesis Awards 1991 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Best Actress & Best Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy / Musical
Candid Camera: First 40 Years 1987 TV Movie Herself
Miss Universe Pageant 1986 TV Special documentary Herself – Judge
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Best Actress & Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film & Best Animated Short Film
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself – Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
I Love Liberty 1982 TV Special Herself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
Today 1980 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1977-1980 TV Series Herself – Co-Host / Herself – Guest / Herself – Actress
The 6th People’s Choice Awards 1980 TV Special Herself – Winner: Favourite Young Actor / Actress
Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 TV Special Herself – ABC Team
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Herself – Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1979 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series- Drama & Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a TV-Series
The 6th Annual American Music Awards 1979 TV Special Herself
The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait 1978 TV Special Herself
Danny Thomas: Young & Foolish 1978 TV Movie Herself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Herself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself – Nominated: Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series & Presenter: Outstanding Children’s Special
Dinah! 1978 TV Series Herself – Guest
ABC’s Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1977 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Carpenters at Christmas 1977 TV Special Herself
Circus of the Stars #2 1977 TV Special Herself – Performer
Disco Fever: ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Premiere Party 1977 TV Movie Herself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 2 1977 TV Movie Herself
Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 TV Special Herself – ABC Team
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Herself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself – Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Magic of ABC 1977 TV Special Herself – Guest
US Against the World 1977 TV Movie Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1977 TV Series Herself – Guest Appearance
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 TV Movie Herself
Battle of the Network Stars II 1977 TV Special Herself – ABC Team
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Herself

Awards

Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1989 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Two Moon Junction (1988)
1982 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Motion Picture Actress Only When I Laugh (1981)
1980 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)
1980 People’s Choice Award People’s Choice Awards, USA Favorite Young Motion Picture Actress
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Family (1976)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Family (1976)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1983 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actress The Pirate Movie (1982)
1982 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture Only When I Laugh (1981)
1981 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress – TV Special My Old Man (1979)
1981 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in a Major Motion Picture Little Darlings (1980)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Family (1976)
1980 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Juvenile Actress in a TV Series or Special Family (1976)
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Family (1976)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Family (1976)

2nd Place Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1981 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)
1979 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Female TV Star (TV-Star w)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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