Shelley Long is an American actress, singer, and comedian. In 1983, Long portrayed Diane Chambers on the hit sitcom Cheers and received five Emmy nominations, winning for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She won two Golden Globe Awards for the role. Long reprised her role as Diane Chambers in three episodes of the spin-off Frasier, for which she received an additional guest star Emmy nomination. In 2009, Shelley began playing a recurring role as DeDe Pritchett on the ABC comedy series Modern Family.

Birth Name

Shelley Lee Long




Actress, Comedian, Singer



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Shelley Long was born on the 23th of August 1949, in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States.


She’s currently 73 years old.

Sun Sign




She is of English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and distant Dutch descent.


Christianity (Presbyterianism)


Shelley attended the Kekionga Junior High from grades 6 to 9 and then graduated from South Side High School in her hometown of Fort Wayne. In 1967, She then enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied drama but dropped out before completing her graduation to pursue a career in acting and modeling.

Family Details

  • Father – Leland Long (Rubber Industry Worker, Teacher)
  • Mother – Ivadine Long (School Teacher)
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status



Boyfriend / Spouse

Shelley Long has dated –

  • Ken Solomon – Ken and Shelley were married for a few years before getting divorced in the late 1970s.
  • Bruce Tyson (1979-2004) – In 1979, Shelley met and began dating securities broker Bruce Tyson. In 1981, They got married and have a daughter together named Juliana Tyson (Actress). In 2003, After more than 2 decades of marriage, the couple got separated and divorced in 2004. On November 16, 2004, after the breakup of her marriage, Shelley had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of analgesic tablets.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 7 inches
  • In centimeters – 170 cm
  • In meters – 1.70 m


  • In Kilograms – 57 kg
  • In Pounds – 125.5 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 32-24-35
  • Bust – 32 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Shelley became known her portrayal of the character Diane Chambers on the popular sitcom Cheers (1982-1987, 1993) which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award (1983) and 2 Golden Globe Awards (1983, 1985). Long has also starred in several films including Night Shift (1982), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Hello Again (1987), Troop Beverly Hills (1989), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), A Very Brady Sequel (1996), and Dr. T & the Women (2000).

Film Debut

In 1977, Long had her first film onscreen role in the movie The Key as Narrator and she made her theatrical film debut as Alice in the thriller movie A Small Circle of Friends in 1980.

Television Debut

In 1975, Shelley landed her first role in television by appearing as Host in the show Sorting it Out.

Brand Endorsements

Long has done endorsement work for several brands such as Camay Soap (1971), V05 Shampoo (1973), Homemakers Furniture (1977), Hitachi Televisions (1997).

Shelley Long Net worth

Shelley Long has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2023.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shelley Long

  • Shelley was born in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the daughter and only child of Ivadine (née Williams) and Leland Long.
  • She was active on her high school speech team, competing in the Indiana High School Forensic Association.
  • In 1967, she won the National Forensic League‘s National Championship in Original Oratory.
  • Her first job was at the university as a meal plan checker. She got her initial break as an actress when she began doing local commercials for Homemakers furniture store in the Chicago area.
  • Long joined The Second City comedy troupe. In 1975, she began writing, producing, and co-hosting the television program Sorting It Out on WMAQ-TV and went on to win three Regional Emmys for her work on the show. The show won 3 Regional Emmy Awards.
  • In 1977, she won the Joseph Jefferson Award in the category ‘Principal Role in a Musical’ for her work in the theater production of Wellsapoppin, which used to run at the Second City Theatre in Chicago.
  • In 1979, Long appeared in the television movie The Cracker Factory as a psychiatric inmate. In the same year she guest starred on Family and Trapper John, M.D.
  • In 1980, she appeared in her first feature film role in A Small Circle of Friends. The film about social unrest at Harvard University during the 1960s enjoyed a level of critical success.
  • In 2016, Long produced and acted in the feature film Different Flowers.


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