Kristy McNichol is a former American actress, singer, and producer. According to various sources, her net worth is estimated to be between $4 million and $7 million. She gained fame for her roles in popular TV series such as “Family,” “Empty Nest,” and “Apple’s Way,” as well as in films like “Little Darlings,” “Only When I Laugh,” and “The Pirate Movie.” In 2001, she retired from acting and now resides with her partner, Martie Allen.
Kristy McNichol’s life and career
Kristy McNichol was born on September 11, 1962, in Los Angeles, California. She began her acting career as a child and later achieved success as an adult actress.
McNichol’s first regular TV role was in “Apple’s Way,” which aired from 1974 to 1975. She gained fame for her portrayal of Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence in “Family,” which aired from 1976 to 1980. Her performance earned her two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She also appeared in other TV shows such as “Empty Nest,” “The Love Boat,” and “The Golden Girls.” Notably, she guest-starred as Barbara Weston in “The Golden Girls,” reprising the same character from “Empty Nest.”
In addition to her television work, McNichol also had a successful film career, starring in movies like “The End,” “Little Darlings,” and “Only When I Laugh.” She received favorable reviews for her role in “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” in 1980.
In 1982, McNichol publicly disclosed that she had bipolar disorder and took a hiatus from acting to focus on her health. She returned to acting in the late 1980s, appearing in “Empty Nest” from 1988 to 1992 and “Women of Valor” in 1994.
Kristy McNichol retired from acting in 2001, with her last role being in the animated series “Invasion America” in 1998. Following her retirement, she continued to be an advocate for mental health and LGBT rights. She confirmed her lesbian identity and her relationship with Martie Allen in an interview with People magazine in January 2012. Reports of her being a lesbian had already surfaced in the 1990s.