• Martie Allen is the partner of former actress, singer, producer and comedian Kristy McNichol.
• The two came out publicly as lesbians and acknowledged their relationship in 201•
• Martie Allen worked as a television personality and attempted to make it big in the entertainment industry.
• Kristy McNichol was a successful child actress and starred in television shows such as “Family” and “The Bionic Woman”.
• As of mid-2019, Allen and McNichol have a combined net worth of over $7 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseKaron Kate Blackwell, Lorraine 'Frenchy' Allen
FactGraduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and joined joined the Air Corps during WWII, and was stationed in Italy where he attained the rank of sergeant and earned a Soldier's Medal for his bravery.

Who is Kristy McNichol’s girlfriend, Martie Allen?

Martie Allen was born on the 1st January 1960 in the USA. Allen, a 59 year-old former television personality, now recognized through being the partner of Christina “Kristy” McNichol, a notable former actress, singer, producer and comedian, best known for her role of Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence” in the television series “Family”. Even though Kristy McNichol and her partner Allen have been out of the public eye for more than 20 years, the two returned to the spotlight in 2012, after they decided to come out publicly as lesbians and acknowledge their relationship to the world.

Kristy McNichol and Martie Allen

Early Years

Kristy McNichol decided to withdraw from the public life around the same time she started dating Martie Allen. Therefore, efforts to uncover information regarding Allen’s early life, family and education have been relatively unsuccessful. McNichol, on the other hand, being a renowned and loved child actress, has often made headlines. As a matter of fact, her sibling Jimmy and she started doing commercials as early as five years of age. Growing up in Los Angeles, they were quickly ushered into the world of acting, and had huge success due to their natural talent and likeable appearance.

During her childhood acting days, Kristy appeared in several episodes of “Love, American Style”, “Run, Joe, Run”, “Sara” and “The Bionic Woman”. She landed her first regular role in a television series in 1974, when she starred as Patricia Apple in “Apple’s Way”. These early roles helped establish McNichol’s reputation, and she was able to continue acting during her teenage years.

Allen and McNichol’s Career

Allen and Kristy actually shared a common passion – they both tried to make it big in the entertainment industry; unfortunately for Allen, she was never quite able to match her partner. For a certain period of time she worked as a television personality, but was forced to choose another career option as she was unable to find stable work as an actress, so there is scarce information regarding the latter part of her career. Kristy, on the other hand, was on her way to becoming a household name in the US. Her fame skyrocketed with her role in hugely popular and critically acclaimed television series “Family”.

From 1976 until 1980, McNichol charmed audiences as Letitia Buddy Lawrence, a role for which she would receive several Emmy Award nominations, winning two in the category Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series. After the show’s end, she went on to star in a number of movies, the most notable being “Blinded by the Light”, “Only When I Laugh”, “The Pirate Movie” and “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”. Her last notable role before leaving the world of acting, was that of Barbara Weston in the television shows “Golden Girls” and “Empty Nest”.

Martie Allen and Kristy Mcnichol

Coming Out in 2012

Being a former child star and America’s sweetheart meant that Kristy was never far from cameras and reporters, who wanted to know every single detail about her private life. After she became a grown woman, fans and reporters wanted to know about her love life, and finding it hard to conceal her sexual orientation, McNichol decided to quit acting and focus on her physical and mental wellbeing. The former actress stated that the pressure became too immense at one point, resulting in a period of severe depression and anxiety.

Allen and McNichol spent the following 20 years out of the public eye, before they decided to come out publicly in 2012. Kristy was the one to break the news to the newspapers; she stated that she and her partner felt it was the right time to do so, and that it was a kind of personal triumph for her. For the first time in many years, Allen and McNichol were given the opportunity to be open about themselves, and maybe help others, especially young people who are in a similar situation as they were for all those years. The couple was met with an outburst of support from fans, friends, colleagues and other members of the LGBTQ community.

Personal Life

News stations and newspapers named Allen’s and McNichol’s coming out as one of the best coming out stories of the year. They made headlines once again, but this time it was for a good cause. As of recently, Martie and Kristy reside in Los Angeles with their two dogs, and spend their days enjoying various physical activities. Besides this, even though she retired from acting more than 20 years ago, Kristy never left her true passion. She is currently working as an acting teacher at a private school in LA.

Net Worth

Regarding the overall wealth of Martie Allen and her girlfriend Kristy McNichol, as of mid-2019, authoritative sources have estimated that the couple has a net worth of over $7 million.

General Info

Full NameMarty Allen
ProfessionActor, Comedian
EducationTaylor Allderdice High School, University of Southern California


SpouseKaron Kate Blackwell, Lorraine 'Frenchy' Allen
ParentsElsie Alpern, Louis Alpern


MoviesHarrad Summer
TV ShowsThe Barbara McNair Show, The $1.98 Beauty Show

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1A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.


1A one-time door-to-door dance salesman during the early lean years.
2Graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and joined joined the Air Corps during WWII, and was stationed in Italy where he attained the rank of sergeant and earned a Soldier's Medal for his bravery.
3The son of Louis and Elsie Alpern, he attended USC and took up journalism following military service, but then moved into standup comedy.
4The duo were brought together by singer Nat 'King' Cole in 1957, and went on to make more than 700 appearances on TV (44 of them on "The Ed Sullivan Show"), made 16 comedy albums and appeared in a failed movie spy spoof before splitting up in 1969. Allen & Rossi went on to reunite briefly on two occasions.
5Zany, plump, pop-eyed, troll-haired funny man of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi with handsome singing straight man Steve Rossi.
6Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 8-9. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387




The Vanishing of Ethan Carter2014Video GamePaul Prospero (voice)
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!1989TV SeriesImperial Poogah
Benson1985TV SeriesBlackjack Dealer
Cannonball Run II1984uncredited
The Naked Face1984
Murder Can Hurt You!1980TV MovieDet. Starkos
Flying High1979TV SeriesAubrey
Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover1977TV MovieHiggie
Monster Squad1976TV SeriesLorenzo Musica
A Whale of a Tale1976Louie
Allen and Rossi Meet Dracula and Frankenstein1974
Harrad Summer1974Bert Franklin
The Christmas Visit1973TV MovieToymaker
The Bob Hope Show1973TV SeriesFootball Player
The Great Waltz1972Johann Herbeck
The Ballad of Billie Blue1972
Honeymoon Suite1972TV Series
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesEdgar Allan Poe (segment "Quoth the Raven")
Mister Jerico1970TV MovieWally
Love, American Style1969TV SeriesFontaine (segment "Love and the Athlete")
The Big Valley1968TV SeriesWaldo Deifendorfer
The Last of the Secret Agents?1966Marty Johnson
Vacation Playhouse1965TV SeriesMarty Allen


ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek1976TV Movie performer: "The Circus Comes to Mars", "Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me" - uncredited
The Ed Sullivan Show1964-1965TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Flying High1978TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


Finding the Funny2012DocumentaryHimself
Goodnight, We Love You2004DocumentaryHimself
The Di Palma Forum at UNLV1999TV SeriesHimself
For Which He Stands1996Himself
Fishing Funnies1989Video shortHimself
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1987TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #71982TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Madame's Place1982TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #61981TV SpecialHimself
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The Palace1981TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #51980TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
The Hollywood Squares1966-1980TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Center Square / Himself - Panelist
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty1980TV SpecialIgor
Sha Na Na1980TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #41979TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Bonkers!1979TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #31979TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1978TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host / Himself / ...
The $1.98 Beauty Show1978TV SeriesHimself / judge
Circus of the Stars #21977TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Circus of the Stars1977TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Wonderbug1976TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx1976TV SpecialHimself
ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek1976TV MovieHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Joys1976TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Bowling1975TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys1975TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The 1974 Annual Las Vegas Entertainment Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Dean Martin Show1966-1973TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Mooch Goes to Hollywood1971TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Changing Scene II1970TV SpecialHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961-1970TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Comedian / Himself - Audience Bow / ...
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHimself
The Barbara McNair Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Game1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
Funny You Should Ask1969TV SeriesHimself
The Storybook Squares1969TV SeriesHimself
Personality1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
Stars for Israel1967TV MovieHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1964-1967TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Hollywood Palace1964-1966TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Sketch Actor
The Linkletter Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Face Is Familiar1966TV SeriesHimself
Today1966TV SeriesHimself
The Price Is Right1965TV SeriesHimself
Fanfare1965TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1965TV SeriesTeam Captain
To Tell the Truth1964TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1964TV SeriesHimself
The New Steve Allen Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Talent Scouts1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Allen & Rossi
The Garry Moore Show1962-1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
I've Got a Secret1962TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1960TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1959-1960TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsNew Faces, Male

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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