Kristy Mcnichol Empty Nest
January 8, 2012 by staff
People reports that McNichol, who was beloved for playing Buddy Lawrence in the ’70s show “Family,” for which she won an Emmy, and later Barbara Weston on the “Golden Girls” spin-off “Empty Nest,” revealed she is a lsbn because she is “approaching 50″ and wants to “be open about who I am.”
The former actress, who has lived with partner Martie Allen for almost two decades, says she is also choosing now to come out because she “is very sad about kids being bullied… and she hopes that coming out can help kids who need support,” her publicist Jeff Ballard told People, adding, “She would like to help others who feel different.”
Many LGBT stars have stepped up (and out) to speak out against teen bullying, often in the form of “It Gets Better” videos, which feature celebrities giving teens hope and advice on how to survive tormenting from their peers.
McNichol began her acting career with guest roles on shows like “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Bionic Woman,” but hasn’t regularly starred in a television series since the mid-nineties. People reports that she quit acting to “focus on her health,” and now spends her time on “tennis, yoga, travel and raising her beloved miniature dachshunds.”
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