It’s easy to say that Diane Chambers knocked Sam over when she first came into the bar. She was the intellectual and witty counterpart to Sam’s womanizing and unromantic lifestyle. Her on-again, off-again relationship with him provided viewers with a heated and unpredictable ride during the first five years of Cheers. She constantly feuded with Carla and most of the time only got along with Woody. In her last appearance in the bar she told Sam that she would be back in six months. She didn’t end up coming back until the last episode of the show. It was during the final episode that Sam and Diane finally realized that they weren’t meant for each other.
Shelley Long was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended Northwestern University to study drama. There she met her first husband, with whom she had one son. From 1975 to 1977 she co-hosted a Chicago based NBC-TV show called Sorting It Out. It won three Emmy Awards for “Best Entertainment Show”. After that, she moved on to the big screen. She’s been in such movies as Caveman, Night Shift, The Money Pit, Outrageous Fortune, Hello Again, and The Brady Bunch movies. Shelley has also appeared in TV shows such as The Love Boat, Trapper John, M.D., M*A*S*H, Frasier, Murphy Brown, Lois & Clark, and Boston Common.