Christina Ann McNichol (born September 11, 1962) is an American actress and singer.
McNichol on the set of Family in 1977
|Born||Christina Ann McNichol
September 11, 1962
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
McNichol is half Irish on her father's side and her mother is Palestinian Arab. She is known for such roles as Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence in the TV drama series Family, Angel in the film Little Darlings, Polly in the film Only When I Laugh and Barbara Weston in the TV sitcom Empty Nest.
Early life and careerEdit
McNichol was born in Los Angeles, California, and appeared with her brother Jimmy McNichol in commercials and later, on her own, in guest appearances on such other series as Starsky & Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style, and The Love Boat, thanks to family friend Desi Arnaz. Her first stint as a series regular came in the role of Patricia Apple in the short-lived CBS television series Apple's Way (1974).
In 1976, she was cast as Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence in the television drama series Family (1976–80), for which she earned two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series (1977 and 1979).
In 1977, she appeared in the TV special The Carpenters at Christmas, performing several musical numbers with the duo. In 1978, she and Jimmy made their own foray into music, recording the album Kristy & Jimmy McNichol for RCA Records. It included the single "He's So Fine" (a cover of The Chiffons' 1963 hit), which peaked at #70 on the Billboard chart. The McNichols promoted the album at New York's Studio 54 discothèque with other celebrities, such as Brooke Shields. In 1978, McNichol performed with Jimmy in a second Carpenters' holiday special, The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait.
McNichol was one of the biggest teen stars of that era. She appeared on talk shows such as The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, and made several appearances on Battle of the Network Stars and other celebrity-based sports shows. In 1978, she starred in the acclaimed TV movie, Summer of My German Soldier.
McNichol began her film career in 1977, in Black Sunday, but her scenes were cut during editing. In 1978, she starred with Burt Reynolds in the comedy The End. In 1980, she played the leading role in the hit coming of age movie Little Darlings, which co-starred Tatum O'Neal, Matt Dillon, and Cynthia Nixon. Her performance was acclaimed by many reviewers, including those who disliked the film itself.
In 1980, she appeared with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, for which she received a six-figure salary—unprecedented for a teenager. The same year, she co-starred in Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
McNichol was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in the 1982 movie The Pirate Movie. That same year, she suffered an emotional breakdown while playing the lead role in the comedy-drama Just the Way You Are; filming had to be interrupted for a year. She later said that the breakdown had been caused by the pressures of her childhood career.
In 1986, McNichol appeared in Women of Valor, a TV movie about American nurses in a World War II Japanese POW camp. She made two theatrical films in 1988, You Can't Hurry Love and Two Moon Junction. In the same year, she began the role of Barbara Weston on Empty Nest, a spin-off of The Golden Girls. She left the show in 1992, but returned for its final episode in 1995. It was her last on-screen performance, though she went on to voice characters in the animated TV series Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) and Invasion America (1998).
After acting lifeEdit
In June 2001, McNichol announced that she had retired from acting. Her publicist released this statement:
"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! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting; however, some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being."
After her retirement, McNichol taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work. In 2012, McNichol revealed that she is gay and had lived with her partner for almost two decades. She made the statement in the hopes that her openness would help young people who are bullied because of their sexuality.
|1977||Black Sunday||Unknown||In scenes deleted during editing|
|1978||The End||Julie Lawson|
|1978||Like Mom, Like Me||Jennifer Gruen||Television movie|
|1978||Summer of My German Soldier||Patty Bergen||Television movie|
|1979||My Old Man||Jo Butler||Television movie|
|1980||Little Darlings||Angel Bright||Her first leading role in a theatrical film|
|1980||Blinded by the Light||Janet Bowers||Television movie|
|1981||Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, TheThe Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia||Amanda Child|
|1981||Only When I Laugh||Polly||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture|
|1982||White Dog||Julie Sawyer||Unreleased in the United States|
|1982||Pirate Movie, TheThe Pirate Movie||Mabel|
|1982||Aladdin and the Magic Lamp||The Princess||Voice|
|1984||Just the Way You Are||Susan Berlanger||Shooting interrupted for a year due to mental health issues|
|1985||Love, Mary||Mary Groda-Lewis||Television movie|
|1986||Dream Lover||Kathy Gardner|
|1986||Women of Valor||T.J. Nolan||Television movie|
|1988||You Can't Hurry Love||Rhonda|
|1988||Two Moon Junction||Patti Jean|
|1989||The Forgotten One||Barbara Stupple||Her last theatrical performance (as of 2016)|
|1990||Children of the Bride||Mary||Television movie|
|1991||Baby of the Bride||Mary||Television movie|
|1993||Mother of the Bride||Mary||Television movie|
|1973||Love, American Style||Steffi||Episode: "Love and the Unsteady Steady"|
|1974||Apple's Way||Rachel||Episode: "The Lamb"|
|1974–1975||Apple's Way||Patricia Apple||14 episodes|
|1975||ABC Afterschool Special||Jenna McPhail||Episode: "Fawn Story"|
|1976||ABC Afterschool Special||Nina Beckwith||Episode: "Me & Dad's New Wife "|
|1976||Starsky & Hutch||Meg||Episode: "The Hostages"|
|1976||Sara||Unknown||Episode: "Grandpa's Girl"|
|1976||Bionic Woman, TheThe Bionic Woman||Amanda Cory||Episode: "The Ghost Hunter"|
|1976||Starsky & Hutch||Molly Edwards||Episode: "Little Lost Girl"|
|1976–1980||Family||Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence||86 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1977, 1979)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|1977||The Love Boat||Linda Morley||Pilot Episode|
|1977||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Kelly||Episode: "Graham and Kelly"|
|1977||ABC Afterschool Special||Carlie Higgins||Episode: "The Pinballs"|
|1978||Starsky & Hutch||Joey Carston||Episode: "The Trap"|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Jill Morton||Episode: "Showdown in Saskatchewan"|
|1988–1995||Empty Nest||Barbara Weston||100 episodes|
|1991–1992||Golden Girls, TheThe Golden Girls||Barbara Weston||Episodes: "Witness", "A Midwinter Night's Dream"|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Girl in Sub (voice)||Episode: "Dry Spell"|
|1998||Invasion America||Sgt. Angela "Angie" Romar||13 episodes|
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