Kristy was forced to leave Empty Nest after she was diagnosed with bipolar in 1992. Kristy however returned tto Empty Nest for the show's final episode in 1995, and the audience cheered her as Richard Mulligan introduced Kristy. Today, Kristy still suffers from depression, but is okay.
After Kristy revealed she was lesbian, she still has the love and support of her family, fans and friends today. Kristy was very angry about her partner being bullied so Kristy has protected her for 23 years now.
Kristy enjoys driving her car to the beach. She drives there almost daily.
When Richard Mulligan died, Kristy took his death very hard. They were close friends on and off the set of Empty Nest (1988-1995.)
When her best friend, Elisabeth Brooks died in 1997, Kristy took her death very hard. Brooks died a few days shy of Kristy's 35th Birthday.
Kristy quit acting for good in 2001. She now teaches acting classes, and does volunteer work in Los Angeles.
Kristy was producer of the 1993 movie, Mother of the Bride.
Kristy suffers from depression.
In 2001, Kristy taught acting at a Los Angeles private high school.
Kristy was born to a Scottish father and a Palestinian mother.
Kristy was considered for the role of Amanda Whurlitzer in the original 1976 film The Bad News Bears, but the role went to Tatum O'Neal.
In 1982, Kristy was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in the 1981 film Only When I Laugh. In 1982, Kristy won the Young Artist Award in the category of Best Young Motion Picture Actress for her role in the 1981 film Only When I Laugh.
In 1983, Kristy was nominated for a Razzie Award at the Razzie Awards in the category of Worst Actress for her role in the 1982 film The Pirate Movie.
Kristy is of Caucasian descent.
VH1 named Kristy as #49 as the top teen stars of all time.
In 1980, Kristy was named the Favorite Young Performer at the People's Choice Award.
Kristy dated Scott Baio from 1975 until 1976.
Kristy is a smoker.
In 1969, at age seven, Kristy appeared in her first commercial, for Kraft Cheese. All the girls being interviewed for the commercial were asked what they had for lunch and although Kristy hates cheese she told the agents she had a cheese sandwich for lunch.
Kristy is a longtime friend of fellow actress Elisabeth Brooks.
Kristy is the sister of fellow actor Jimmy McNichol.
In 1989, Kristy won the Razzie Award at the Razzie Awards in the category of Worst Supporting Actress for her role in the 1988 film Two Moon Junction.
Celebrity Sleuth Magazine released Kristy's measurements in 1981, 33-24-34.
Kristy stands at 5'3" or 1.60 m.
Kristy is also known for her singing ability. She appeared in several musical spots in the 70's on shows such as The Donny and Marie Show, Dick Clark's Live Wednesday, and also performed on The Carpenters Christmas Special in 1977.
Kristy is an active supporter of H.E.L.P. group for abused children in Los Angeles. She is the founder and host of the now-defunct annual Kristy McNichol Celebrity Tennis Tournament, all proceeds from this benefit go to H.E.L.P.
Kristy received Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her performance in Family in 1976 and 1978.
Kristy: I love cutting hair. People say to me, 'Oh, you're crazy, you're too talented to be a hairdresser.' I think, Hey, hold everything! If I like to cut hair and feel it's fun, then I'm going to do it. Just because I'm special in one area doesn't mean I can't go and pick up scissors and cut people's hair. And I think, Wow, I could have this, too, as a career if I wanted to.
Kristy: (Kristy's last public statement to her fans as of Feb. 2008, issued on Jan. 2001) A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part - MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being.