Kristy McNichol isn’t a bad-looking woman these days but considering she is only 47 and looks 57, I would suggest she hasn’t taken the best care of herself. Still she is more attractive now than she was when she was a tomboy kid. In fact my last posting about Nancy McKeon is what made me think of Kristy. They could be sisters couldn’t they? Anyhoo.
Kristy starred in all kinds of TV movies and sitcoms. She had a good, long run during the ’70’s and early 80’s. She played Buddy (oh, so like Nancy as Jo) on the hit series Family for 4 seasons. She had guest appearances on the Love Boat, Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman and Love American Style. In 1977 she was the one of the most famous teen actresses of that era. Considering her utter lack of talent and completely banal appearance that truly boggles the mind. The ’70’s was a very forgiving decade. Imagine. To see the ridiculous opening for Family click here. Such an irony that McNichol’s co-star Meredith Lesbian Baxter (she came out years ago) is named Nancy in the series. Another irony: Leif Garrett had a guest appearance on Family. Dare say that didn’t exactly launch his career. To see kristy on an episode of Love Boat with Scott Baio click here.
Mind you in 1978 she starred in a TV film called The Summer of My German Soldier and she did an impressive job. I saw that flick. She was quite awesome in it…probably for the first and last time in her career.
Kristy and her brother Jimmy McNichol fooled themselves into thinking they could sing well enough to launch a singing career. Ouch. They released an album entitled quite creatively Kristy and Jimmy McNichol. To listen to the cover tune He’s So Fine click here. Wow. Aren’t they amazingly talented? Look at that cover. Aren’t they just the coolest? In spite of her joke singing career, Kristy appeared on various television talk shows and a 1978 movie with Burt Reynolds (don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him, he’s further down on the list) The End. How poetic. To watch Kristy McNichol in The Carpenters Christmas Special click here. It was after this appearance that Kristy and Jimmy decided to get into music themselves. Can’t you just see why? Isn’t that an amazing sketch?
That’s where it gets raunchy.
I know you’re thinking I should have included her singing career in this section but there’s even worse news in store. It was rumoured that Kristy began dabbling in the drug scene since she became unreliable on TV set and movie sets (we should introduce her to Lindsay Lohan). However she was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder which explained a lot of her bizarre behaviours. The damage to her reputation was done although Kristy starred in 3 more films that tanked at the box office. After her unsuccessful run she was offered roles in B-list flicks and TV movies. Well she was still working at least and a lot better a job than say, in a dry cleaner.
In 1992 Kristy retired from acting due to the difficulties associated with bipolar disorder. She appeared on a talk show stating “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!”
Comeback Grade: Y for You`ll never live it down Kristy
Kristy’s Facebook Fans: 1,026 – pitiful