Acting came naturally to the teenage icon Kristy McNicholwho played in Family on ABC for five seasons. The two-time Emmy winner left Hollywood years later, but not before establishing an incredible legacy as a TV star.
Kristy, born in 1962, started appearing in commercials, much like her older brother, Jimmy McNichol, when she was just a child. Their mother, Caroline McNicholworked as an extra in films, eventually helping her children land TV gigs.
“My mother was working on the film Big Foot“, Kristy told the New York Times in September 1981. “My brother loved monsters, so my mom brought us on set one day. I was scared, so I stayed in the car. But a lot of people saw us that day, and they said to my mom, ‘You have two lovely kids. They should advertise. My mom asked us what we thought of it and we thought it sounded exciting. That’s how it started.
Once she landed the role on Family in 1976, Kristy became one of the most popular teenage girls on television. She also landed appearances on The ship of love, Starsky and Hutch and The Murder She Wrote in the years that followed. From 1988 to 1992, the California native played Barbara Weston on empty nesta spin-off of The golden girls. She left the series midway through and returned for the series finale in 1995.
In 1998, Kristy voiced a character in the animated series invasion americaone of his last television credits before announcing his retirement from acting in 2001.
“A lot of people wondered what I had done,” she said in a statement at the time. “I retired after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my most important role – myself! I have to say this is the best thing that has ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I am not currently playing; however, some may not realize that the process I am in right now is necessary and vital to my personal happiness and well-being.
Keep scrolling to learn five interesting facts about Kristy.