Birth Name: Shelley Long
Birth Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Born on Aug. 23, 1949 in Fort Wayne, IN, Long was an only child raised by her father, Leland, a rubber industry worker-turned-teacher, and her mother, Evandine, also a school teacher. Courting an early interest in performing, the future star was active on her high school speech team, winning national recognition. In 1967, she enrolled in Chicago's Northwestern University as a drama major, but dropped out to pursue acting and modeling full time. It was in the Windy City that she joined the ground-breaking Second City comedy troupe, where Long wrote, produced and co-hosted a local show called "Sorting it Out" for the Chicago NBC affiliate that won three local Emmys for Best Entertainment Show ...
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