Kristy Mcnichol

American actress and singer, Kristy McNichol is best known for her acting in the movies Little Darlings, Only When I Laugh and in the TV show titled Empty Nest. Kristy also won the Emmy Awards for her character of Letitia Buddy Lawrence in the show Family. 

Kristy Mcnichol’s Overview

  • Birth Name: Christina Ann McNichol
  • Age: 59
  • Date of Birth: September 11, 1962
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Singer and Comedian
  • Net Worth: $4 Million
  • Father: James McNichol
  • Mother: Carolyn McNichol
  • Siblings: Jimmy McNichol, Thomas McNichol, Jennifer Lucas
  • Spouse: Martie Allen
  • Children: Not Known

Personality Overview

  • Height: 5 ft 3 in
  • Weight: 53 kg
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Light Brown

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Early Life, Education and Family (Parents and Siblings)

  • Kristy McNichol was born to James and Carolyn in September 1962 in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Her father James was a carpenter while her mother did odd jobs for the survival of her family. 
  • Kristy is a Scottish/Irish descent from her father’s side while a Lebanese descent from her mother’s side. 
  • Her parents got divorced when she was just 3 years old. 
  • Nothing is known about her education. 

Personal Life

  • In 1990s, Kristy McNichol was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with it throughout 1990s. 
  • During an interview in 2012, she turned out to be a lesbian and that she has been living with her female partner Martie Allen since 1990s. 


  • In 1973, Kristy made her acting debut with the TV series Love, American Style and played the role of Steffi. She was just 11 at the time. 
  • The next year, she portrayed the lead role of Patrica Apple in the series Apple’s Way.
  • After this, she made the guest appearance in the series ABC Afterschool Special, Sara and The Bionic Women. 
  • She landed her first major role in the family drama titled Family in the year 1976, in the series she played the character of Letitia Buddy Lawrence. The series was a success and ran for five seasons. 
  • The acting of Kristy received international appreciation, she was also awarded Primetime Emmy Awards and also got a nomination in the Golden Globe Awards. 
  • In 1977, her debut movie was set to be released, however, the scenes were cut off from the movie. 
  • Eventually, The End became her debut movie which was released in 1978. 
  • In 1980, she played her first lead character in the movie titled Little Darlings.
  • In 1981, Kristy played a role in the movie Only When I Laugh. She was nominated in the Golden Globe Awards for her performance. 
  • In 1982, her next movie White Dog was released in which she played the character of a struggling actor. 
  • In the same year, another movie featuring Kristy was released, the title of the movie was The Pirate Movie.
  • In 1984, she acted in the movie Just The Way You Are, however, the shooting stopped due to her mental health issues. 
  • From late 1980s to early 1990s, Kristy Mcnichol acted in the movies Dream Lover, Two Moon Junction and Baby of the Bride. 
  • She also appeared in the episodes of TV series Empty Nest and Invasion America and according to schlüsseldienst berlin lichtenberg these films have become better since her appearance.

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  • She also gave her voice in the movie Aladdin and The Magic Lamp which was released in 1982.
  • In 1993, she co-produced the television movie Mother of the Bride and also worked as an assistant producer in the movie Dirth Tennis.
  • She also contributed to the soundtracks of the movie The Pirate Movie, The Night The Light Went Out in Georgia and Only When I Laugh. 
  • Kristy took retirement from her acting career in 2001. 



Year Title
1978 The End
1978 Like Mom, Like Me
1978 Summer of My German Soldier
1979 My Old Man
1980 Little Darlings
1980 Blinded by the Light
1981 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
1981 Only When I Laugh
1982 White Dog
1982 The Pirate Movie
1982 Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
1984 Just the Way You Are
1985 Love, Mary
1986 Dream Lover
1986  Women of Valor
1988 You Can’t Hurry Love
1988 Two Moon Junction
1989 The Forgotten One
1990 Children of the Bride
1991 Baby of the Bride
1993 Mother of the Bride 

TV Shows

Year Title
1973 Love, American Style
1974-1975 Apple’s Way
1975 ABC Afterschool Special
1976 ABC Afterschool Special
1976 Starsky & Hutch
1976 Sara
1976 The Bionic Woam
1976 Starsky & Hutch
1976-1980 Family
1977 The Love Boat
1977 ABC Afterschool Special
1978 Starsky & Hutch
1988 Murder, She Wrote
1988-1995 Empty Nest
1991-1992 The Golden Girls
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters
1998 Invasion America

Awards and Nomination


  • 1977- Emmy
  • 1979- Emmy
  • 1980- People’s Choice Award
  • 1982- Young Artist Award


  • 1978- Emmy
  • 1979- Golden Globe
  • 1980- Emmy
  • 1980- Young Artist Award
  • 1981- Young Artist Award
  • 1982- Golden Globe

Social Media

Kristy McNichol is not an active user of social media platforms, however, you can find several fan pages on different social channels. 

Net Worth

The veteran actress has an estimated net worth of $4 Million. 

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Kristy Mcnichol- FAQs

What does Kristy McNichol do for a living?

Kristy earns a luxurious living from her acting, singing and voice over skills. She has been in the field since a young age. 

What is Kristy Mcnichol’s net worth?

The American actor and singer has an estimated net worth of about $4 Million. 

Is Kristy McNichol in a relationship?

Kristy Mcnichol has been in a relationship with her female partner Martie Allen since 1990s. 

Is Kristy McNichol married Martie Allen?

The couple has been in a relation ship since 1990s and the duo decided to tie the knot after a few years of dating. 

How old is Kristy Nichols?

The American actress, singer and comedian is currently 59 years old. 

Why did Kristy McNichol leave Empty Nest?

She quit the series Empty Nest after being diagnosed with the bipolar disorder in 1990s. 

Does Kristy Mcnichol have any siblings?

Kristy has three siblings, namely, Jimmy McNichol, Thomas McNichol, Jennifer Lucas.