Happy Birthday to Kristy McNichol!
Buddy Lawrence is 51 today?
Time sure does fly!
Buddy is, of course, the wonderful character played by Kristy McNichol on the beloved ABC drama Family which also starred Meredith Baxter, Sada Thompson and James Broderick – the late father of Matthew Broderick.
Kristy won two Emmys for her sensitive performance as Buddy and later went on to star in the hit NBC sitcom Empty Nest.
She also starred in such feature films as Little Darlings, Only When I Laugh, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, The End, Just the Way You Are and The Pirate Movie.
Kristy has not acted for more than two decades but in January 2012, she publicly acknowledged that she is a lesbian and did so because she wants to help LGBT kids who are bullied.
Her most recent acting credit was a voiceover role in 1998 in the animated series Invasion America.
Kristy has lived with partner Marti Allen, also 51, for two decades.