• Kristy McNichol is an American actress who developed a successful career from her early childhood.
• She quit acting after more than two decades of working in TV and movie projects.
• In 2012 she ‘came out’, revealing her life partner Martie Allen.
• She has a net worth of $7 million and enjoys her private life with her partner.
• She is an advocate for young actors and does charity work.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$7 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 11, 1962
FactWas considered for a role in The Bad News Bears (1976), but lost it to Academy Award winner Tatum O'Neal.

Kristy McNichol is or was a noted American actress, who developed a successful career from her early childhood. However, she quit acting after more than two decades of starring in popular TV and movie projects. She disappeared from public life for sometime, then in 2012 she ‘came out’, revealing her life partner Martie Allen.

Early life and family

Christina “Kristy” Ann McNichol was born on 11 September 1962, in Los Angeles, California USA, so her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. Her father is James McNichol, who worked as a carpenter, and her mother is Carolyn McNichol Lucas, she worked in several positions to support the family, as a secretary, sales assistant in a cosmetic shop, eventually becoming business manager for her kids, Kristy and Jimmy.


Jimmy is Kristy’s older brother, who also became an actor – they started their acting and modeling careers together, end,ing up with recording the music album “Kristy and Jimmy McNichol” with such singles as “He’s So Fine” and “Page By Page”. Kristy’s younger brother Thomas “Tommy” McNichol chose his own way, and studied computer science. In her interview with People magazine in 1989, Kristy remembered she had always been the mother, while her mom often behaved childishly. Kristy had to control the chaos in the house – cleaning the mess, did the laundry, etc., while everybody but her was careless. It was the time she started experiencing episodes of strong anxiety: ‘I have always been really responsible, and my mom has been more flighty’, Kristy recalls.

Kristy’s parents divorced when she was only three years old, and her mother threw all her strength to develop her kids’ acting careers, making them attend auditions and then rehearsals.

Educational background

Kristy matriculated from her local high school in Los Angeles in 1980. As she was busy with her acting career from her childhood, she didn’t enroll at any college until in 1985, when she quit acting for some time, enrolling at the California College of Hair Design for a change. She worked as a hairdresser to have some rest from the filming she didn’t enjoy anymore. People around her thought she was committing career suicide, but in fact Kristy enjoyed working on her own without so many people around her. She later called it an act of self-preservation.

Kristy McNichol

Acting career

First steps

Kristy started appearing in commercials along with her older brother Jimmy when she was not even four years old. In 1973 she landed her first minor role in “Love, American Style” as Steffi, appearing in the episode “Love and the Unsteady Steady”. In 1974 she appeared as Rachel in the TV drama series “Apple’s Way”, and stayed in the show for two years to play the role of Patricia Apple as a regular cast member in 15 episodes. From 1975 to 1976 Kristy appeared in a couple of episodes of “ABC Afterschool Special”, also landing minor roles in TV series “Starsky & Hutch”, “Sara” and “The Bionic Woman”.

As a teenager she faced an attempt of sexual abuse from the director of the commercials she was working on; running away from the director’s trailer after he tried to touch her, she refused to accept the realities of the industry, and never accepted the job offers which came from such directors.

Working on the “Family” series

In 1976 Kristy joined the cast of the “Family” series in which she landed the role of Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence. Her colleagues remember she looked more like a miniature adult, always holding a small briefcase in her hand. She was way too serious about her role in the series, and easily remembered the lines, getting them minutes before walking out on the set.

For her work in “Family” Kristy was nominated for a Golden Globe as the Best Supporting Actress, and won two Emmy Awards in 1977 and 1979 in the category Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series. However, Kristy recalls she was trying to please her mother by acting in the series, and didn’t really enjoy her career that much. Her mother wanted to be an actress, and Kristy wanted to help her make her dream come true, sometimes taking minor roles to please her, but these only made Kristy more exhausted, thinking not only about herself, but also about her mother’s career.

Further acting career, anxiety episodes, depression

From 1978 Kristy started appearing in TV movies, such as “Like Mom, Like Me”, “Summer of My German Soldier” and “My Old Man”.

In 1980 she had her first role in the theatrical film “Little Darlings”, playing Angel Bright, and in 1981 she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in “Only When I Laugh”. In 1982 Kristy voiced-over the character of the Princess in the “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” anime fantasy film, directed by Yoshikatsu Kasai. By the time she started filming “Just the Way You Are” in 1984 Kristy was totally exhausted, and even refused to go to Europe where the scenes of the movie were to be filmed. However, she went to France and started working on Édouard Molinaro’s project. From the inner discomfort and depression her weight dropped to 96lbs (43kgs), but her colleagues denied she was really feeling unwell, inviting a masseuse to help her relax.

When the filming stopped for the Christmas break, Kristy returned home and refused to go back on the set, and the movie was only finished in a year, after Kristy underwent psychological treatment, and was diagnosed with severe depression and emotional and physical exhaustion.

Coming back for the “Empty Nest” series

Kristy’s colleagues in Hollywood spread rumors about her emotional state, and was said to have problems with drugs, alcohol, etc. She didn’t give them a chance to find out the truth – she didn’t want to be an actress anymore. Kristy: ‘I’m not a saint, but I’ve never been hooked on a drug or a drink. I’ve had my share of problems, just not those. I think it would be easier to kick that kind of habit than to go through the years of hell that I have’.

After several years of silence and intensive treatment, Kristy got a chance to appear in the new TV series “Empty Nest” (1988 – 1995), landing the role of Barbara Weston. She later shared that she accepted the offer only because it was a comedy, and Kristy wanted to try something new – after a year in the series, she finally felt calm and happy. However, in less than a decade she quit acting. Among her last works were such series as “The Golden Girls”, “Extreme Ghostbusters” and “Invasion America”, while her last films were “Two Moon Junction”, “Baby of the Bride” and “Mother of the Bride”. Leaving Hollywood, Kristy announced she was going to focus on her health, and never again came back to filming.

Life after acting

After spending several years recovering her emotional and physical state, Kristy began sharing her experience with other people, teaching acting in a private school in Los Angeles.

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She also does a lot of charity work, supporting young actors at the start of their profession. She attends such events as Chiller Theatre Convention held at the Hilton Parsippany, New Jersey, meeting young talents and helping them with her experience from her 24-year-long career.

Is Kristy a lesbian? Current partner Martie Allen

Kristy has always been surrounded with rumors about her sexuality. In 2012 she revealed she was a lesbian, and her partner was Martie Allen – the couple has actually been together since 1919. Kristy also admitted that she earlier dated the actress Elizabeth Brook, but who in 1997 died of brain cancer, which broke Kristy’s heart. However, she recovered in the arms of Martie Allen, and the couple is now living happily, taking care of their miniature dachshunds.

Jeff Ballard, Kristy’s publicist, said that with her coming out she wanted to help kids who were being bullied for the way they were. Martie Allen is a TV personality, who was born in 1960 in the USA. She and Kristy married at a private ceremony, not sharing many details about it. They now enjoy their private life, doing yoga, running and eating out together.

Appearance, clothing style

Kristy has short dark brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall and weighs around 143lbs (65kgs). As to her clothing style, she enjoys wearing casual clothes, often jeans, sweatshirts or feminine suits.

Net worth and salary

As of 2019, Kristy is reported to have a net worth of $7 million. Even though she quit her acting career in 1998, she is still enjoying her wealth, living in her fashionable house in Sherman Oaks.

General Info

Full NameKristy McNichol
Net Worth$7 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 11, 1962
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor, Singer


ParentsJim McNichol, Carolyn McNichol Lucas
SiblingsJimmy McNichol, Thomas McNichol, Jennifer Lucas
PartnerMartie Allen, Martie Allen


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Young Motion Picture Actress
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, People's Choice Award for Favorite Young Motion Picture Performer
MoviesLittle Darlings, The Pirate Movie, White Dog, Two Moon Junction, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Just the Way You Are, Only When I Laugh, Summer of My German Soldier, Dream Lover, The Forgotten One, Women of Valor, Like Mom, Like Me, You Can't Hurry Love, Blinded by the Light, Love, Mary, ...
TV ShowsInvasion America, Empty Nest, Family, Apple's Way

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1Announced her retirement from acting in 2001.
2Taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles. [2001]
3Turned down the Brooke Shields role in Pretty Baby (1978), due to conflicts with Family (1976) producer Aaron Spelling.
4Turned down the Jodie Foster role in Taxi Driver (1976).
5Longtime friends with Elisabeth Brooks and Kari Michaelsen.
6Dropped 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.
7Ranked #49 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
8Her maternal grandfather was of Lebanese descent. Her other ancestry includes Scottish, Walloon-Belgian, German, and English.
9McNichol'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.
10Younger sister of Jimmy McNichol.
11Was considered for a role in The Bad News Bears (1976), but lost it to Academy Award winner Tatum O'Neal.




Only When I Laugh1981Polly Hines
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia1981Amanda Child
Blinded by the Light1980TV MovieJanet Bowers
Family1976-1980TV SeriesLetitia 'Buddy' Lawrence
Little Darlings1980Angel
My Old Man1979TV MovieJo Butler
Summer of My German Soldier1978TV MoviePatty Bergen
Like Mom, Like Me1978TV MovieJennifer Gruen
The End1978Julie Lawson
Starsky and Hutch1976-1978TV SeriesJoey Carston / Molly Edwards / Meg
ABC Afterschool Specials1975-1977TV SeriesCarlie Higgins / Nina Beckwith / Jenna McPhail
The Love Boat1977TV SeriesKelly Rixie
Black Sunday1977scenes deleted
The Love Boat II1977TV MovieLinda Morley
The Bionic Woman1976TV SeriesAmanda Cory
Sara1976TV Series
Apple's Way1974-1975TV SeriesPatricia Apple / Rachel
Run, Joe, Run1974TV SeriesJudy Barnes
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesSteffi (segment "Love and the Unsteady Steady")
Call to Action to Mayor Bloomberg: Sodas & Soap Operas2012ShortKristy McNichol
Invasion America1998TV SeriesAngie Romar
Extreme Ghostbusters1997TV SeriesGirl in Sub
Empty Nest1988-1995TV SeriesBarbara Weston
Mother of the Bride1993TV MovieMary
The Golden Girls1991-1992TV SeriesBarbara Weston
Baby of the Bride1991TV MovieMary
Children of the Bride1990TV MovieMary
The Forgotten One1989Barbara Stupple
Two Moon Junction1988Patti Jean
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesJill Morton
You Can't Hurry Love1988Rhonda
Women of Valor1986TV MovieT.J. Nolan
Dream Lover1986Kathy Gardner
Love, Mary1985TV MovieMary Groda-Lewis
Just the Way You Are1984Susan Berlanger
The Pirate Movie1982Mabel Stanley
White Dog1982Julie Sawyer
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp1982The Princess (English version, voice)


The Pirate Movie1982performer: "First Love", "Pumpin And Blowin", "Hold On"
Only When I Laugh1981performer: "Heart", "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" uncredited
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia1981performer: "I Need You Strong for Me", "Baby Bye Bye", "Life Is Like a Mountain Railway", "Hangin' Up the Gun"


Mother of the Bride1993TV Movie co-executive producer


Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Love Boat
Planet View2013DocumentaryHerself - Host
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The Fifth Annual Genesis Awards1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress & Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Candid Camera: First 40 Years1987TV MovieHerself
Miss Universe Pageant1986TV Special documentaryHerself - Judge
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress & Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film & Best Animated Short Film
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
Today1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1980TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Guest / Herself - Actress
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite Young Actor / Actress
Battle of the Network Stars VII1979TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series- Drama & Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a TV-Series
The 6th Annual American Music Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait1978TV SpecialHerself
Danny Thomas: Young & Foolish1978TV MovieHerself
Live Wednesday1978TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series & Presenter: Outstanding Children's Special
Dinah!1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Carpenters at Christmas1977TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #21977TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Disco Fever: 'Saturday Night Fever' Premiere Party1977TV MovieHerself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 21977TV MovieHerself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesHerself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Magic of ABC1977TV SpecialHerself - Guest
US Against the World1977TV MovieHerself
The Hollywood Squares1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest Appearance
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes1977TV MovieHerself
Battle of the Network Stars II1977TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
Sha Na Na1977TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Love Boat
100 Greatest Teen Stars2006TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesJulie Sawyer
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
Biography2001TV Series documentaryKelly Rixie


Won Awards

1989Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressTwo Moon Junction (1988)
1982Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Motion Picture ActressOnly When I Laugh (1981)
1980Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)
1980People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Young Motion Picture Actress
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesFamily (1976)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesFamily (1976)

Nominated Awards

1983Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressThe Pirate Movie (1982)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureOnly When I Laugh (1981)
1981Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress - TV SpecialMy Old Man (1979)
1981Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Major Motion PictureLittle Darlings (1980)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFamily (1976)
1980Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Juvenile Actress in a TV Series or SpecialFamily (1976)
1979Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Television Series - DramaFamily (1976)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesFamily (1976)

2nd Place Awards

1981Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)
1979Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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  1. If Martie Allen was born in 1960 how have they been together since 1919? they both look great for being over 100 years old.

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