Shelley Long – Actress Against All Odds

Celeb: Shelley Long
Occupation: Actress, most notably in the sitcom Cheers 

Then

 

Now

Hello crow’s feet, goodbye career. Shelley Long is arguably the unsexiest and least talented actress in the history of tv. She places a close second for least attractive actress behind Rosie Perez. How these women became movie stars I will never know.  Anyhoo. Shelley’s career on television began with her role as Ted Danson‘s love interest, Diane Chambers, on Cheers. However her first notable tv role came in the 1979 movie The Cracker Factory, with Natalie Wood. Talk about an odd couple. In spite of her blatant lack of talent, Shelley already appeared in feature films before accepting the role of Diane. She starred as Belinda in Ron Howard’s comedy Night Shift(co-starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton), about working at a city morgue. The sitcom began its first season with poor ratings, but during the second season it became increasingly popular, maintaining an 11 year run. She starred in several comedies, such as The Money Pit starring Tom Hanks, and Outrageous Fortune with Bette Midler. Just goes to show what we’ve suspected all along: the Academy really doesn’t know what the hell it’s doing. To see The Money Pit trailer click here.
To see Shelley in a scene with Bette Midler click here.

Shelley left Cheers in 1987 after starring as Diane for five seasons.   In later documentaries about the show Ted Danson stated that Shelley “was a lot more like her character Diane than she cared to admit,” in other wordsan  anal retentive shrew.  Both cast and crew members claimed Shelley was difficult on to work with and that she was constantly in conflict with everyone. A costar said ‘it wasn’t Shelley versus Ted, it wasn’t Shelley versus the cast, it wasn’t Shelley versus the crew, it was Shelley versus everyone.’ Listen, I can forgive untalented and beautiful but untalented, unsexy, an attitude, and a shrieky, whiny voice that grates on my nerves is just too much to overlook. I suspect Shelley didn’t voluntarily resign; this was forced resignation and rightly so. To see Shelley Long in Cheers, Power Play – Part 1 click here.

Still, she managed to bag some impressive roles. In 1992, she appeared in Fatal Memories: The Eileen Franklin Story, a fact-based television drama about a woman who was raped by her father in childhood. Along a similar vein, Shelley starred in Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase, a film loosely based on Truddi’s autobiography, When Rabbit Howls, about multiple personality disorder. Shelley was crap in both roles. To see Shelley in Night Shift click here.

In the late 1980s Shelley destroyed the Academy Awards by attempting to sing and dance around a mockup of an airplane. Her performance occurred around the time that Saddam Hussein destroyed a Korean airplane he claimed was flying in Iraq’s air space. After Shelley’s painful Academy performance, critics quipped that if Hussein was looking for a plane to take out, “he should have shot that one.” Amen, brotha. To see Shelley in Troop Beverly Hills pt 1/10 click here.

Shelley nabbed the role of Carol Brady in the 1995 hit film The Brady Bunch Movie.  She certainly had the look and the attitude but that shrieky, whiny voice… Finally Shelley’s acting career took its inevitable nosedive. She managed to nab a few parts in various forgettable flicks and tv sitcoms but she would never again experience the success of her earlier work. It wasn’t long after that Shelley dropped out of sight.  Thank you lord. To see the introduction to The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) click here.

To see Homemakers Shelley Long Commercial (1980) click here.
To see Shelley Long Smokes click here.

That’s where it gets tawdry.
No, seriously.

In November 2004, Ms Long was rushed to the hospital with an overdose of painkillers. Seriously. The anal retentive Shelley was a junkie. Who knew?

Redemption
God, no.
Comeback
Please God, no.
Comeback Grade: Y for you can’t have a comeback when you had no talent in the first place.
Shelley’s Facebook Fans: 242 – all time washed up record 

 

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56 Responses to Shelley Long – Actress Against All Odds

  1. greg says:

    this blog BLOWS. Hateful, unprofessional, horribly written. Just another page on the internet that nobody reads.

  2. maurice o'reilly says:

    what an unkind unprofessional write up. Keep your opinions and bias to yourself. You should be ashamed to print such untruthful garbage about any film/tv or radio star/ she always struck me as beautiful/happy/and was the star on the sitcom Cheers/ So here goes Three Cheers for Shelley

  3. Kiara says:

    Unsexiest in tv history? Right! I suppose Rhea Perlman is one of the sexiest. Hollywood is too ordinary for Shelley. She has great poise, grace, class, texture and subtlety. She should have learned fluent French and become a great French actress, although in Cheers she was phenomenal and electric – able to dish out both drama and comedy with such subtlety and nuance. Hollywood needs clowns and overkill. And Shelley’s just not a clown, she’s an actual actor.

    Those of us who like graceful and talented women will always appreciate Shelley.

  4. Ken S. says:

    I have to agree with the other three posters (an “all time washed up record” for posters to a blog ; ) ), your rant is simply awful. I found your diatribe while doing some online research of Ms. Long after rediscovering her wonderful work on “Cheers”. She was great in that role, whether you were able to recognize that or not.

  5. Andrew says:

    I still watch Cheers season 1 to 5 in my DVD collection because of Shelly. I think, what Shelly lacks were the right contacts with the Hollywood elites for the right opportunities. She is a person who does speak out of her mind and Hollywood often ignores outspoken individuals. On talent wise, I think she is very talented and able to play her role very well. Cheers is the best comedy that I ever seen and still watching it after 20 over years. I was only 12 years old in 1987 when Shelly left Cheers.

  6. George Huntington says:

    Shelley Long is a pleasure to watch in any role she plays!Who ever the Idiot is that wrote that completely wrong should be horse whipped for trying to promote such lies about a beautiful and talented actress! I always looked forward to seeing her on Cheers and enjoy her in the video’s that i have of her!
    I want to thank her for the enjoyment she has place in my life!!

  7. Goddess says:

    I have to agree with all of the posts that come above mine. This was an unprofessional and downright nasty write up. Did you have some sort of relationship with this woman?? If this is to be an opinionated based blog then maybe we would be more accepting. However, I don’t see anyone here asking your advice or opinion on Shelly Long. Is it necessary to really call her a shrew??

    By the way, as a writer, (not that I am calling YOU one), I shall bestow upon you some much needed advice. You ought to work on EDITING your work before you place in online for the world to see. If she was hard to work with etc.then I am sure she experienced all she drawbacks in her Hollywood career. I actually am watching her on a Disney show right now so apparently she still lands roles. I got on the computer in order to look her name up because I couldn’t remember. Unfortunately, I stumbled upon this horrible blog. NOT to happen again.

    FAIL

  8. This blog was apparently written by some one with an axe to grind. Amazing that Shelly was able to become more famous and loved than YOU. She has beautiful presence, chooses appropriate parts for her type and great comedic timing. Not as satisfying are her dramatic roles, but her experience in comedy is more extensive, and it is difficult for some actors to over come that. If her personality rubs people the wrong way, her performances or interviews never betrayed that aspect. Iy seems somewhat ironic that people who worked with her hinted at the problems, but never got specific. One article said that she was always alone on the set, never asked to any of the social gatherings,; even eating alone. If anyone was trying to make her feel accepted, it certainly wasn’t obvious. Never has she been maligned as this article.

  9. accidental visitor says:

    I like Shelly and think she is really very hot. Honest. She reminds of someone… oh, Diane Chambers, that cute snobby chick who works at Cheers. She’s pretty hot too. I wouldn’t mind seeing either one of them prance across my screen tonight, in fact. With a little slo-mo maybe. Yum.

  10. Anonymous says:

    GEE!
    I Can Research the .coms that you own…that you are trying to make money on VIA Advertising at the same time.

    This Is , Very Sad……
    Shelley, tried to commit suicide.
    WHERE…In Your site..Do You Comment about the PAINS….people go through In Life?
    HER DIVORCE?

    I, Will Check this site out..
    FOR ALL THOSE WHO READ HERE…
    I won’t update here on this (which, I, perceive….a Cash Site..) (My Opinion ONLY.)

    WHERE,..does ..HUMAN Humane……FALTER. ($$$, perhaps)

    Best, everyone can do..is not click on ADVERTISING.
    Money Is Made By CLICKS.
    Best, everyone can do is RESEARCH!

    SHELLEY LONG..We all know..Was/IS A Wonderful Person!!

  11. elyse says:

    forgot to mention….she is one of the most beautiful(both then and now, ) actresses on t.v….
    but we all know that don’t we!

  12. andy from oz says:

    Far too cruel…… interesting reading but unbalanced….. heavens… many successful actors have a frail crazy side to them.

  13. Dan says:

    I worked with Shelly on a movie for six weeks. She had a sweet, fragile disposition and she was frequently unintentionally funny. She would crack me up and then she would look sheepish, having realized had that she had done a “Diane”. All in all, she was such a nice person and did an amazing job on an difficult and emotionally gut wrenching film, Vanished Without a Trace. I was her lowly driver and she treated me like a king.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Shelley Long is one of the most underrated actresses of all time. If you don’t appreciate her work, your taste in the art of acting sucks. Just because she hasn’t been an A-lister doesn’t mean she is a bad actress. It just means she doesn’t kiss ass. She doesn’t have to.

  15. Anonymous says:

    You people are on crack. It hurts to watch her act. No long tirade. She sucks.

  16. Bor says:

    Shelly Long is very lovely and very talented. She had carried Cheers beautifully. I cannot imagine the show without her. When she had left the Cheers was not the same anymore.

  17. Kevin Plumridge says:

    Some horrid things being said about Shelly Long- I think she is gorgeous. Good luck Shelly, XXX

  18. Anonymous says:

    She’s won multiple awards while your some unknown hateful person on wordpress that talks about other peoples lives. A hateful blogger,anyone can have a wordpress,anyone. She starred on cheers,in movies,etc. Yea you showed her. How did this garbage blog get listed on the first page with such boring writing, well the few lines I read. Anyone with any acting knowledge could tell you Shelley could act,some blogger on a free blogsite’s opinion,how cute.

  19. Manxbuilder says:

    Woody is 100 percent correct. Shelly may not be the greatest actress but She’s doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment. I wish her the best.

  20. liz says:

    Shelly was and is a talented lady.She was the best part of cheers,plus still lovely inside and out.

  21. Anonymous says:

    who are you Shelley Long is and always was beautiful and captivating to watch and listen to.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Agreed, she really can’t act. Watching her in Modern Family right now and she’s just awful.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Badly written with horribly negative tone. What should I really expect from a blog named “lifestyles of the rich and pathetic”? I guess I’m to blame too for giving this site an audience.

  24. Lenny says:

    Unsexy? Her legs drove me bonkers! Thursday night was boner night when Cheers was on!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Such a shame she couldn’t stay looking like she did in the 80’s. I actually really liked her. Whilst her movies didnt do great when she left cheers. They are like 80’s gems nowadays.

  26. Brian says:

    Harsh!
    Hurrah to the Shelley defenders!

    • marilyn4ever says:

      It’s hardly my fault the Shelley defenders don’t know a dreadful actress when they see one.

  27. Elisha Jernigan says:

    I’ve watched Every Episode of Cheers. Just about every movie Shelley Long Was in.I love you. You are an inspiration to All women.Your funny.And beautiful.

  28. marilyn4ever says:

    Homophobic much? You are wrong about two things: I am neither male nor homosexual. You ought to curb that prejudice. What a hater.

  29. M. Valadon says:

    Facts are Facts. Everyone in Hollywood knew and knows she was homophobic, just ask the directors of her films. and anyone whom worked with her. She was vocal about her homophobia Any more questions? Yes, she did well on Cheers, however Kirstie moved into the new role like a great neighbor and Shelly left like a bad neighbor, just ask Ted Danza. Shelly Long thought she was the show and all she learned was it was her last show. And yes, Rhea Perlman is one of the sexiest. Shelly Long to the public was one thing and a nightmare to anyone whom worked with her. The public did not know out her outrageous homophobia because it was the 1980s, just like they were ignorant about Bill Cosb for almost 50 years. Depression? Suicide? = Karma.

    I must say she does look great.

    Bette Mildler was talking specifically about Shelly Long. Bette would never describe a film as difficult, just a person. Bette knew what a homophobe Shelly was and Bette was the exact opposite.

    The website is called……..https://salvagedstars.wordpress.com

    These responses are absurd. The same people whom stand up for Bill Cosby. Hello everyone EVERYONE KNEW IN 2005 HE WAS A RAPIST THAT DRUGGED WOMEN, THERE WAS A COURT CASE.

    STOP STICKING UP FOR SHELLY LONG. YOU ARE DEFENDING AN ACTRESSES ROLES AND NOT HER PERSONALITY AND HUMANITY. DIANE ON CHEERS TURNED OUT TO BE JUST HOW SHELLEY LONG IS TODAY.

    SHELLY LONG GOT LUCK WITH A GREAT SHOW. I WOULD HARDLY WRITE SHE WAS THE MOST TALENTED ON THE SHOW.

    BUT SHE WAS GOOD ON CHEERS.

    REMEMBER SHE HATED GAYS…. IN THE 1980S…….SHE WAS VOCAL AND GAYS AVOIDED HER EXCEPT WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO WORK WITH HER FOR A PAYCHECK.

    THE DIRECTORS WERE GAY AND SHELLEY WAS A BIG TV STAR AND SHE MADE HOLLYWOOD AND OTHER A LOT OF MONEY.

    NOW SHE CAN JUMP ON A KANGAROO FOR ALL HOLLYWOOD CARES.

    ONE MORE THOUGHT, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IT. GOOGLE IT, SHELLY LONG HATES GAYS.

    FOR THE RECORD THIS IS NOT MEANT AT ALL ON THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS TODAY, JUST BACK THEN……HOMOPHOBIC……1980S………..(SICK PEOPLE)…..REMEMBER. BITCH.

    SHE WASNT AHEAD OF HER TIME INDEED, HATING GAYS IN THE 1980s with the plauge of AIDS WAS AS CLOSE TO A NAZI AS ONE COULD GET.

    IT WAS ALSO 30 YEARS AGO, BUT SHELLEY LONG WAS THE EXCEPTION AND SHE WAS IN L.A. ……….NOT KANSAS.

    GREAT ARTICLE
    GREAT ARTICLE
    GREAT ARTICLE
    GREAT ARTICLE

    (these responses are without knowledge of the actual person only the actress, I need only give you Bill (Drug them, Rape them Cosby).

  30. India Kilo says:

    So glad to find another person who sees this annoying harpie of a woman for who she really is, a God-awful, self-absorbed shrew who deserves nothing but eternal obscurity. I honestly felt disappointed to type “I hate Shelley Long” in Google and not find millions of sites dedicated to this subject. Finding this has eased if only slightly a persistent spell of anger in me knowing that the world does not hate this woman more.

  31. Anonymous says:

    hi i agree…

  32. Mike says:

    I know a few people like this that they have changed throughout the years to become total rude trash .but who knows if it’s true with her

  33. charliellandell says:

    If you’re going to say she’s unattractive, then you shouldn’t post pics of her when she’s gorgeous.

  34. laura says:

    ….i didnt realize attractiveness is mandatory for a female (not male of course!) actor to be successful. What a sexist, and ridiculously false blog. You clearly have some personal issue with Shelly Long. Very odd.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I adore shelley long. She is beautiful! What is the matter with all you assholes out there!!! Leave the poor lady alone you bunch of bastards!!! How can you be so nasty about such a beautiful person?

  36. Julius 01 says:

    What a truly hateful blog. How sad that it pulls up on a Google search about “Outrageous Fortune” and its fine leading ladies. If you want to say negative things about people who have excelled in their fields, can’t you at least provide some kind of factual basis? Why make such nasty remarks? There is nothing clever about making hurtful ad hominem attacks on people.

  37. If any guy wasn’t ‘moved’ in the pants when Shelley Long was in the kitchen in her underwear cooking eggs in ‘Night Shift’, they lose their man card.

  38. I personally though Shelley was extremely cute. I agree she’s not going to win any acting awards..but I don’t think anyone else could have played Diane as well as she did. The role called for the exact opposite to Danson’s womanizing narcissistic Sam and she did that wonderfully.

    That said…even with the ‘lack of talent and looks’ the author claims Shelly had she still made it further than this particular critic.

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  40. Zooly says:

    What hateful drivel!

    According to Ted Danson, “Shelley Long put Cheers on the map”. Season 1 is absolutely outstanding; clever writing with talented actors, and great chemistry between the leads….. Just watch Season 1 from start to finish, and you’ll see. Shelley Long had one of the best female TV gigs in the 80s, and she played it masterfully. Self-deprecating at times with great comedic timing… Just watch for yourself. The episodes are still relevent, and still very VERY funny.

    Shelley Long exudes a “real-woman loveliness” as Diane Chambers… Overeducated, high-reaching, but still kind to Cliff, Coach, and Woody…. I adored her work in Cheers. In interviews, she seems lovely, smart and kind… SO REFRESHING.

  41. Michael Steele says:

    Shelley is sexy, funny and vv talented and a woman born in August..well wow!!!

    • Michael Steele says:

      all the critics should see her for what she really is ….. a lovely beautiful and talented Leo/Virgo..”ROAR” The best US woman actor ever..

  42. nice person says:

    you’re a bad person.

  43. Anonymous says:

    i am doing a famous hosier projext on shelly long

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