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Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as “Buddy” in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series Family (1976), where she won 2 Emmy awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. McNichol began her career with guest appearances on such popular TV series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style and The Love Boat, the list goes on. Her first role as a series regular came with the role of Patricia Apple in the CBS television series Apple’s Way (1974). McNichol began her feature film career in the Burt Reynolds comedy “The End” and went on to star with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, “Two Moon Junction” with Louise Fletcher, “The Pirate Movie” with Christopher Atkins, “Just the Way You Are”, “The Forgotten One”, and “You Can’t Hurry Love”. Her television movie credits include “Women of Valor”, “Like Mom, Like Me”, “Summer of My German Soldier”, “Love, Mary”, “My Old Man” and many more. Kristy also performed voice characters in several animated TV series including “Extreme Ghostbusters and Steven Spielberg’s animated “Invasion America”. Kristy starred in the hit movie “Little Darlings” with Tatum O’Neil which won her a People’s Choice Award. Other TV credits include the Witt, Thomas, Harris hit series “Empty Nest”. Kristy’s films include Neil Simon’s “Only When I Laugh” with Marsha Mason, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, Alan Pakula’s “Dream Lover” and Samuel Fuller’s “White Dog”.
Interesting Facts about Kristy McNichol
- Was considered for a role in The Bad News Bears (1976), but lost it to Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neal.
- Younger sister of Jimmy McNichol.
- Taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles. 
- Longtime friends with Elisabeth Brooks and Kari Michaelsen.
- Announced her retirement from acting in 2001.
- Turned down the Brooke Shields role in Pretty Baby (1978), due to conflicts with Family (1976) producer Aaron Spelling.
- Ranked #49 in VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars”
- Turned down the Jodie Foster role in Taxi Driver (1976).
- In January 2012, McNichol told People Magazine that she is a lesbian, and that she has lived with a romantic partner named Martie Allen since the early 1990s. McNichol said that she finally chose to come out of the closet to “try to help kids who are being bullied.”.
- Her maternal grandfather was of Lebanese descent. Her other ancestry includes Scottish, Walloon-Belgian, German, and English.
- 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.
- 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.
Personal Quotes by Kristy McNichol
I say to my mother all the time, ‘You’re the child.’ And she says, ‘Yeah, you’re the mother.’ I’ve been that way with her since I was 11.- Kristy McNichol
A lot of people have wondered what I’ve been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part – Myself!- Kristy McNichol
My mother always wanted to be an actress. She was an extra in movies and stuff. I have a feeling this is the classic story: The mother wants to be an actress, and the child ends up doing it. But it was never a jealousy thing between us. It was like – well, I was making my mom happy.- Kristy McNichol
From the time I was very young, I was a professional, making money and assuming responsibilities. I didn’t live the life of a child. I was living the life of a 30-year-old.- Kristy McNichol
I was wanting to be a kid at 18 instead of being a young woman.- Kristy McNichol