Starring on entertainment field as an American actress, Shelly Long is best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the sitcom Cheers, for which she received five Emmy nominations, winning in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition, she won two Golden Globe Awards for the role. Reprising her role as Diane Chambers in four episodes of the spinoff Frasier brought her an additional guest star Emmy nomination. She also starred in several films, notably Night Shift (1982), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Troop Beverly Hills (1989), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), A Very Brady Sequel (1996), Dr. T & the Women, and the latest role in 2012 as Dede Pritchett on the ABC comedy series Modern Family.
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Shelly Long 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. After graduating from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, she studied drama at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modelling.
Long experienced a divorce with the first husband. She married her second husband, securities broker Brucer Tyson in 1981; the couple has a daughter named
Juliana. In 2004, Long and Tyson divorced.
- The meaning of the name Long: Dragon