Shelley Lee Long (born Shelley Lee Long; born August 23, 1949) is an American actress best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the popular comedy television series Merry Company, for which she received Emmy awards and two Golden Globes. She is also known for her leading roles in several popular comedies of the 1980s, such as The Night Shift (1982), Intransigent Controversy (1984), Prorva (1986), Crazy Money (1987), Hello Again ”(1987),“ Rota Beverly Hills ”(1989), as well as“ The Brady Family Film ”1995 and its two sequels, and“ Doctor T and His Women ”(2000).
Shelley was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 23, 1949.
Long began her career as a model, filming for commercials. After several television roles, she made her debut on the big screen in 1980 in the movie "The Last Married Couple in America." A year later, she starred in the movie "Caveman".
Long achieved her first widespread fame after co-starring in Ron Howard’s Night Shift, which was released in 1982. Shelley later starred in the comedy film Losing It, which was not successful at the box office. In 1982, she received the main female role in the TV series "Merry Company", which brought her fame and many awards. In between filming the seasons of the series, she continued to act in films, performing exclusively leading roles. In 1984, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in the movie Irreconcilable Contradictions. This was followed by the successful films at the box office, Prorva (1986) with Tom Hanks, Crazy Money (1987) with Bett Midler and Hello Again (1987). She was offered the main roles in the films “Business Girl”, “Jack the Jumper” and “My Stepmother is an Alien”,
In 1987, Long left the series "Merry Company". Her departure was covered in the press a lot. There were rumors that her departure from television was associated with the desire to act in films only, however, the actress denied this. After her departure, the series lasted another five years, and Long returned to him in 1993 in the final.
After leaving the series, she played a major role in the 1989 moderately successful movie distribution, Rota Beverly Hills. A year later, she received critical acclaim for starring in the movie “Voices Inside: The Life of Trudy Chase,” about a woman who suffers from a mental disorder and as a result lives twenty different lives. She later starred in the films “Don't Tell Her, It's Me” and “Frozen Assets”.
In 1995, she played in the family comedy Film about the Brady Family, which became successful at the box office and spawned two sequels: The Brady Family 2 (1996) and The Brady Family in the White House (2002). Since the late nineties, Long moved away from the career of an actress, raising her children. In 2000, she starred in the movie Doctor T and His Women with Richard Gere. In television, in recent years she has mainly appeared as a guest star in episodes of such series as “8 Simple Rules for a Friend of My Teenage Daughter”, “Boston Lawyers” and “American Family”, and also starred in several television films. In addition, she starred in several independent films.