Shelley Long is a multiple award-winning film and television actress. She began her career after attending Northwestern University in Chicago by performing in small films and local theatre, eventually becoming co-host and associate producer of the Chicago magazine show “Sorting it Out” ,for which she won three local Emmy’s.
She eventually returned to her first passion, acting, and joined Chicago’s famed Second City improvisational comedy troupe. Shortly thereafter, Long landed a role as barmaid Diane Chambers in the long running NBC hit comedy “Cheers”. Long tickled audiences for 5 seasons on the perennial hit, garnering an Emmy Award and two Golden Globes for her memorable performances. She returned to the series’ top-rated finale and has reprised her role as ‘Cheers’ Diane in guest appearances an NBC’s “Frasier”.
Long can be seen in the Robert Altman film “Dr T and the Women” for Artisan Entertainment’. Written by Anne Rapp and executive produced by Cindy Cowan and James McLindon.
Long’s impressive film credits also include starring roles in “Losing It” opposite Tom Cruise, in Ron Howard’s “Night Shift” with Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton, “Irreconcilable Differences” with Ryan O’Neal, “The Money pit,” co starring with Tom Hanks and “Outrageous Fortune” with Bette Midler. Her other film credits include; “The Brady Bunch Movie”, “A Very Brady Sequel,” “Hello Again, “ Troop Beverly Hills” and “Caveman”. On television Long starred in leading roles in movies including “Vanished Without a Trace”, “Memories of a Murder”, “Voices Within: The lives of Truddi Chase,” “Freaky Friday,” and Lifetime’s “A different Kind of Christmas,” “The Santa Trap” and more recently, “Honey moon with Mom,” airing on Lifetime in May 2006,and “Falling in Love With the girl Next Door,” Hallmark.