Shelley Long Biography


Actor Shelley Long is a mother of one.

Relationship Facts of Shelley Long

  • Shelley Long is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • Her sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of Shelley Long?

Shelley Long had a brief marriage to her first husband Ken Solomon that ended in a divorce. Later, she met her second husband, Bruce Tyson on a blind date in 1979.

The pair dated for two years. They finally decided to tie the knot and the wedding ceremony was held on 16 October 1981. The marriage came to an unexpected turn after Bruce divorced her in 2004 after more than 20 years of marriage.

The pair had a daughter, Juliana, on March 27, 1985. Her next attempt at pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage in 1989. Shelley is currently divorced.

Who is Shelley Long?

Shelley Long is a two-time Golden Globe-winning American actress. She is best known for her iconic role as Diane Chambers on the sitcom ‘Cheers’.

Furthermore, she has appeared in other numerous movies and television series including ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Night Shift’ among others.

Shelley Long: Age, Parents, Siblings, Family

Shelley was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 23, 1949, as Shelley Lee Long, the daughter of Ivadine and Leland Long.

She is of American nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnic background of English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and distant Dutch.

Talking about her childhood, she became very interested in the world of modeling at an early age. Additionally, she always dreamt of becoming a successful actress growing up.


She attended the South Side High School in Fort Wayne. Later, she graduated from there and was enrolled at Northwestern University to study drama.

She, however, did not complete her education there and left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modeling. During her time in high school, Shelley was fairly active on her high school speech team.

Furthermore, she also competed in the Indiana High School Forensic Association. Moreover, she won the National Forensic League’s National Championship in Original Oratory in 1967.

Shelley Long: Career, Profession

Initially, Shelley worked at the university as a meal plan checker. Later, several appearances in commercials in the Chicago area paved the way for her to dedicate her career to acting. Next, she joined The Second City comedy troupe while in Chicago.

By 1975, she had already begun writing, producing, and co-hosting the television program ‘Sorting It Out’. Additionally, she also appeared in several other commercials for V05 Shampoo print advertisements, Homemakers Furniture, and Camay Soap commercials.

Shelley appeared in an episode of ‘The Love Boat’ in 1978. Her first notable gig, however, did not happen until 1979 when she appeared in the television movie ‘The Cracker Factory’.

In the same year, she also starred on ‘Family’ and ‘Trapper John M.D’. Shelley eventually played the role of Diane Chambers in the long-running television sitcom ‘Cheers’. This remains her most memorable and popular role to date. Later, she left the show after season five in 1987.

Having appeared in more than 80 movies and television series to date, Shelley has become a familiar face in the show business.

Some other movies and television series that she has been part of include ‘A Place in the Heart’, ‘Family Guy’, ‘Frasier’, ‘Beggars and Choosers’, ‘Boston Common’, ‘Irreconcilable Differences’, ‘Young Guy Christian’, ‘Hello Again’ and more. Additionally, she produced and acted in the feature film ‘Different Flowers’ in 2016.

Awards, Nomination

Shelley has 8 wins and 14 nominations to her name as an actress. She won the Golden Globe Award two times in 1985 and 1983.

Additionally, she garnered the nomination for the same award in the years 1985 and 1984.

Furthermore, she has also won the Primetime Emmy Awards, ShoWest Award, TV Land Award, and Q Award. She has also garnered the nomination for Blimp Award, Gold Derby TV Award, American Comedy Award, and the OFTA Television Award.

Salary, Net Worth

Shelley currently has an estimated net worth of $10 million. She has not revealed the exact amount of her salary at present.

Shelley Long: Rumors, Controversy

Shelley’s career has seen several unwanted controversies along its way. Her time in the ‘Cheers’ is one of the examples. There was tension with her costar, Ted Danson, during the filming of the show.

Furthermore, people have speculated it as one of the reasons why she left the show. Talking about her other controversies, she was hospitalized for nine days after an overdose of painkillers on November 16, 2004.

She was taken to the UCLA Medical Center, where she stayed for a week and was released on November 23, 2004. Additionally, people speculated the reason behind the suicide attempt as depression because of the breakup of her 20-year marriage to Bruce Tyson.

Height, Weight, Body Size

Shelley has a height of 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches. She weighs 57 kg.

Additionally, her body measurement is 34-24-35 inches.  In addition, her hair color is blonde and her eye color is blue.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Shelley is not quite active on social media. She doesn’t have a Facebook page. In addition, she is not active over Twitter and Instagram as well.

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