Over the course of five seasons on Cheers, Shelley Long was nominated for an Emmy four times. After the show’s first season, she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Long was Cheers‘s first breakout star to the point where many wondered whether or not the sitcom could carry on without her. As it turns out, Cheers ran for six more seasons closing up shop in 1993. By that time, Long’s movie career had long since fizzled out.
What the hell happened?
Which actor or actress is like nails on a chalkboard to you? Who do you avoid at all costs? In the September 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, the writers asked a bunch of random moviegoers which stars they found the most annoying. Some of the answers will probably surprise you. Some, not so much. Whether you agree with their selections or not, these fans came up with some pretty funny quotes about their least favorite actors.
Our two headliners for today were both born this day in 1949 and are both celebrating their 67th birthdays today.
Shelley Long dropped out of Northwestern University to pursue an acting career. She joined The Second City comedy troupe, while also hosting a Chicago area television program. In the late 1970s she began to get regular guest spots on television shows like The Love Boat and M*A*S*H.
Long’s big break was in 1982. She appeared in the quirky romantic comedy Night Shift opposite Henry Winkler (although they were both a bit upstaged by a supporting player named Michael Keaton), and later that year began a five year run on television, playing a graduate student who is forced to take a job as a cocktail waitress at a certain Boston bar after her fiancé abandons her: