1. chambersandmalone:

    Happy Birthday and Cheers to Shelley Long!

    Still the very best of the best!

    Happy Happy Birthday, Shelley!!!


  2. Each a work of art. Viva Van Runkle!


  3. Thought you might like this one.  Shelley is SO adorable, here!  The part with her starts at around 8:50.  Note when they talk about Cheers, she is VERY interesting in returning…and the audience clearly wants it, too!


  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TROOP BEVERLY HILLS (and Chica)!  *harmony* Happy Birthday to you!!!

  5. Shelley wins the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1983.

  6. chambersandmalone:

    "I think Shelley, in those early years— well actually, her whole stay on the show— I’d be hard-pressed to think of a more gifted comedic actress on television.  She rode a thin line between caricature and a real person, and rode it perfectly.  I never believed that she wasn’t that character… that she was just playing a part.  I believed that that was an actual human being there.  And man, she could wring a joke out of a straight line.  She could get a laugh out of a glance.  She was a joy to work with.  And smart.  Smart.”  

    — Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers writer/producer David Lee, July 9, 2010.

  7. — From Star Magazine, June 9, 1987.

  8. … sometimes there is a real learning curve before you figure out the characters, relationships, tone, storylines that work, etc. 

    On the other hand, certain characters do arrive fully formed. Diane Chambers on CHEERS is maybe the best example. Shelley absolutely nailed it.

    — An excerpt from “Friday Questions” at By Ken Levine, January 17, 2014 

  9. Shelley takes a few questions at the 1989 Golden Globes Awards, at which she was a presenter.

    Troop Beverly Hills I chose because it touched me. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I said ah, I wanna do this.”

    Sweet answer re: the Cheers cast too.

  10. Shelley plays nosy reporter Shine Reynolds in Zombie Hamlet, now available on Amazon.  Looks like a fun movie— I’ll check it out soon.