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Shelley Long

Golden Globe & Emmy Award-winning Actress; Known for Her Role as Diane Chambers on "Cheers"

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Shelley Long is an actress best known for playing Diane on Cheers. After graduating from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, she studied drama at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modeling. In Chicago she joined The Second City comedy troupe. Then, in 1975, she began writing, producing, and co-hosting the popular television program Sorting It Out. The local NBC broadcast went on to win three Emmy Awards for Best Entertainment Show.

Her first notable role came in 1980 with A Small Circle of Friends, opposite Brad Davis and Karen Allen. The film about social unrest at Harvard University during the 1960s was a critical success, though it remained relatively obscure. In 1981, she played the eye candy in the prehistoric Ringo Starr vehicle Caveman, opposite Dennis Quaid. She was also featured in the Henry Winkler comedy Night Shift about life working the night shift at a city morgue and she starred with Tom Cruise in the 1983 comedy film Losin' It.

In 1979, while pursuing her acting career, Long met securities broker Bruce Tyson, whom she married in October of 1981. She gave birth to her daughter, Juliana, on March 27, 1985.

The breakthrough Long desperately needed happened when she was cast as vain barmaid, Diane Chambers in Cheers. Though innovative, the show was slow to capture an audience, but it eventually became one of the most popular shows on television. She was nominated for an Emmy four years in a row and for three Golden Globes for the NBC sitcom, winning one Emmy and two Golden Globes. The series was also nominated for five Emmys and Golden Globes for Best Comedy series, winning 2 Emmys, during her five year tenure on the show. Thereafter, she became a sought-after comedic talent.

1984 brought a rare opportunity for Long to stretch her acting muscle, in the melancholy comedy-drama Irreconcilable Differences. In the story, Long's character, Lucy Van Patten, marries her love, played by Ryan O'Neal and has a daughter. The two, who are in the movie business, grow apart and eventually divorce. The film follows Lucy as she breaks down and the separated couple's own daughter, played by a young Drew Barrymore, files for emancipation. Long was nominated for a Best Leading Actress Golden Globe for her performance. The film also marked the first major motion picture of rising star Sharon Stone.

Despite the clout gained through Cheers and Irreconcilable Differences, many of the roles offered to Long were slapstick comedies. These included The Money Pit, starring a young Tom Hanks, the crime caper Outrageous Fortune featuring Bette Midler and Peter Coyote, and the universally panned Hello Again, in which Long played a woman brought back to life several years after death.

Amid much controversy, Long abandoned her trademark Diane Chambers role and the Cheers series after the season wrapped in mid-1987, at the height of the series' popularity. Her first post-Cheers project was Troop Beverly Hills, where she played a housewife who starts a 'Wilderness Girl' troop as a distraction from her divorce proceedings.

In 1995 she appeared in the campy big-screen remake The Brady Bunch, which was a surprise hit, and which breathed new life into her career as a comedienne. The following year, she reprised her role as Carol Brady in A Very Brady Sequel, which saw more modest success. Unfortunately, she followed her career revival with a series of unsuccessful television ventures, including the television remake of Freaky Friday and the family sitcom Kelly Kelly.

In 1999 she starred in another TV drama film Vanished Without a Trace, about a woman who simply refuses to accept the kidnapping of her 13-year-old daughter and relentlessly pursues the villain's capture. Long also took a supporting role in the Richard Gere vehicle, Dr. T and the Women, and returned for the third Brady installment, The Brady Bunch in the White House.dy in the TV film The Brady Bunch in the White House.[20]

She has guest starred in several TV shows such as 8 Simple Rules, Yes Dear, Strong Medicine, and Boston Legal. She has a recurring role on the popular ABC sitcom Modern Family as DeDe Pritchett, the ex-wife of Jay Pritchett. She starred in made-for-television movies, including Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door and Holiday Engagement. In 2012, she made a guest appearance on Switched at Birth and produced and acted in the feature film Different Flowers.

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Golden Globe & Emmy Award-winning Actress; Known for Her Role as Diane Chambers on "Cheers"

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Shelley Long Biography

Shelley Long is an actress best known for playing Diane on Cheers. After graduating from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, she studied drama at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modeling. In Chicago she joined The Second City comedy troupe. Then, in 1975, she began writing, producing, and co-hosting the popular television program Sorting It Out. The local NBC broadcast went on to win three Emmy Awards for Best Entertainment Show.

Her first notable role came in 1980 with A Small Circle of Friends, opposite Brad Davis and Karen Allen. The film about social unrest at Harvard University during the 1960s was a critical success, though it remained relatively obscure. In 1981, she played the eye candy in the prehistoric Ringo Starr vehicle Caveman, opposite Dennis Quaid. She was also featured in the Henry Winkler comedy Night Shift about life working the night shift at a city morgue and she starred with Tom Cruise in the 1983 comedy film Losin' It.

In 1979, while pursuing her acting career, Long met securities broker Bruce Tyson, whom she married in October of 1981. She gave birth to her daughter, Juliana, on March 27, 1985.

The breakthrough Long desperately needed happened when she was cast as vain barmaid, Diane Chambers in Cheers. Though innovative, the show was slow to capture an audience, but it eventually became one of the most popular shows on television. She was nominated for an Emmy four years in a row and for three Golden Globes for the NBC sitcom, winning one Emmy and two Golden Globes. The series was also nominated for five Emmys and Golden Globes for Best Comedy series, winning 2 Emmys, during her five year tenure on the show. Thereafter, she became a sought-after comedic talent.

1984 brought a rare opportunity for Long to stretch her acting muscle, in the melancholy comedy-drama Irreconcilable Differences. In the story, Long's character, Lucy Van Patten, marries her love, played by Ryan O'Neal and has a daughter. The two, who are in the movie business, grow apart and eventually divorce. The film follows Lucy as she breaks down and the separated couple's own daughter, played by a young Drew Barrymore, files for emancipation. Long was nominated for a Best Leading Actress Golden Globe for her performance. The film also marked the first major motion picture of rising star Sharon Stone.

Despite the clout gained through Cheers and Irreconcilable Differences, many of the roles offered to Long were slapstick comedies. These included The Money Pit, starring a young Tom Hanks, the crime caper Outrageous Fortune featuring Bette Midler and Peter Coyote, and the universally panned Hello Again, in which Long played a woman brought back to life several years after death.

Amid much controversy, Long abandoned her trademark Diane Chambers role and the Cheers series after the season wrapped in mid-1987, at the height of the series' popularity. Her first post-Cheers project was Troop Beverly Hills, where she played a housewife who starts a 'Wilderness Girl' troop as a distraction from her divorce proceedings.

In 1995 she appeared in the campy big-screen remake The Brady Bunch, which was a surprise hit, and which breathed new life into her career as a comedienne. The following year, she reprised her role as Carol Brady in A Very Brady Sequel, which saw more modest success. Unfortunately, she followed her career revival with a series of unsuccessful television ventures, including the television remake of Freaky Friday and the family sitcom Kelly Kelly.

In 1999 she starred in another TV drama film Vanished Without a Trace, about a woman who simply refuses to accept the kidnapping of her 13-year-old daughter and relentlessly pursues the villain's capture. Long also took a supporting role in the Richard Gere vehicle, Dr. T and the Women, and returned for the third Brady installment, The Brady Bunch in the White House.dy in the TV film The Brady Bunch in the White House.[20]

She has guest starred in several TV shows such as 8 Simple Rules, Yes Dear, Strong Medicine, and Boston Legal. She has a recurring role on the popular ABC sitcom Modern Family as DeDe Pritchett, the ex-wife of Jay Pritchett. She starred in made-for-television movies, including Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door and Holiday Engagement. In 2012, she made a guest appearance on Switched at Birth and produced and acted in the feature film Different Flowers.

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  • How to book Shelley Long?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shelley Long for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Shelley Long, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shelley Long or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Shelley Long?

    Booking fees for Shelley Long, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shelley Long, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Shelley Long?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shelley Long for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shelley Long for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shelley Long or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shelley Long or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Shelley Long is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Shelley Long for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Shelley Long generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Drew Barrymore, Mariska Hargitay, Sherry Stringfield, Courteney Cox and Marlee Matlin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shelley Long for an upcoming event.

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