Acclaimed actress Shelley Long is best known for the character Diane Chambers in the beloved NBC comedy series, “Cheers.” Long won an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1983 and received another four nominations in the following years. She also won two Golden Globes® Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and for Best Actress in a Comedy Series as well as winning a Quality TV Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1986.
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Long enrolled in Northwestern University to study drama, but left to pursue a career in modeling and acting. In Chicago, she became a member of the celebrated Second City troupe, in addition to writing, producing and co-hosting a popular Chicago magazine program called "Sorting It Out.” The show ran for three years on a local NBC station and won three Emmy® Awards for Best Entertainment Show.
Long is also known for her film roles as Mrs. Brady in the “Brady Bunch” movies and for her other starring roles in “Troop Beverly Hills,” “The Money Pit” with Tom Hanks and “Hello Again.” She has also guest-starred on several popular television shows, including “M*A*S*H,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Life with Louie,” “Murphy Brown,” “Boston Common,” “Frasier,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Strong Medicine,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Boston Legal,” “Yes, Dear” and “Family Guy.” Long starred in several Hallmark Channel Original Movies including, “Falling in Love With the Girl Next Door” with Patty Duke, Patrick Duffy and Bruce Boxleitner, “Ice Dreams” with Jerry Stiller and “Holiday Engagement.”
Most recently, Long has been seen on ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family” as DeDe Pritchett, mom to Mitchell and Claire.