Kristy McNichol

Born Sep 11, 1962

Christina Ann "Kristy" McNichol is an American actress. McNichol is known for her roles as Leticia “Buddy” Lawrence on the television drama series Family and as Barbara Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest. She is also the sister of former child actor Jimmy McNichol. McNichol retired from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on September 11, 1962.


1976 13 Years Old In 1976, McNichol was cast as Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence in the television drama series Family (1976–80), for which she earned two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series (1977 and 1979).
1977 14 Years Old In 1977, McNichol appeared on The Carpenters at Christmas TV special, performing several musical numbers with the duo.
In 1978, she and Jimmy made their own foray into music, recording the album Kristy & Jimmy McNichol for RCA Records. … Read More
1980 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, she played the leading role in the hit coming of age movie Little Darlings, which co starred Tatum O'Neal, Matt Dillon, and Cynthia Nixon. … Read More


1986 23 Years Old In 1986, McNichol appeared in Women of Valor, a TV movie about American nurses in a World War II Japanese POW camp.
1988 25 Years Old In 1988, she made two theatrical films, You Can't Hurry Love and Two Moon Junction. … Read More
1992 29 Years Old She left the show in 1992, but returned for its final episode in 1995. … Read More


2001 38 Years Old In June 2001, McNichol announced that she has retired from acting. … Read More


2012 49 Years Old After her retirement, McNichol taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work. In 2012, she came out as a lesbian, in the hopes that her openness would help young people who are bullied because of their sexuality. … Read More
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