It was not long ago when Shelley Long was a household name. The star and bombshell from Cheers was the girl next door that everyone wanted to know – but now, the 69-year-old actor is virtually unrecognizable as she steps out of hiding and joins a “man friend” for a drink at a Pacific Palisades bar on Saturday. If you’re not familiar with Shelley Long’s role as an intellectual and intrepid barmaid on the popular 1980s TV sitcom Cheers, then you were either not alive during the decade or were living in a cave without access to a television.
Although everyone knew who Shelley Long was back during her heyday in the 1980s, more than thirty years later in 2019, it is as if no one recognizes her. During her romantic rendezvous in Pacific Palisades, she was able to easily mingle among the regular people without so much as a sideways glance or a hint that anyone thought she was famous.
The source who spotted her and photographed her at the bar sold the image to Daily Mail and was glad to speak about their experience snooping on the Hollywood has been.
“No one seemed to recognize her, and I think she liked it that way,” the source said.
For a celebrity like Shelley Long who got so much attention from the general public in her youth, anonymity in her golden years is probably refreshing. While out at the bar, she wore a “Jimmy Carter for President” shirt that was fun. Her companion held a purse and shopping bags. They were having a fun time out.
The 69-year-old actor was seen window shopping and drinking at the beautiful California town.
Long was particularly drawn to the Kitson Los Angeles “pop-up” store. It was located at the boutique PaliSkates. When she saw the “Fake News Editor” t-shirt in the window, Long chuckled and pointed at it, enjoying the good joke.
While the pair sat down at Hank’s bar and restaurant, the staff took a bowl of water out of the back and set it down for the Chihuahua to enjoy. When the former television star realized that restaurant staff was thoughtful enough to bring her dog something to drink, she thanked them for the kindness.
Since she divorced her second husband, Bruce Tyson, in 2004, Shelley Long has enjoyed living in her $1.3 million condo in the West Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades. Living in this part of California affords her lifestyle, upscale dining, and shopping experiences.
Hank’s attracts locals and celebrities alike. You might see fellow Pacific Palisades residents Kate Hudson, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Jennifer Garner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Larry David, and Tom Hanks spending some time out in the streets. However, Shelley Long, who has lived here for some time, is rarely seen out “in the wild” as locals revealed. Usually, she remains holed up at home in the safety of her anonymity.
What do you think about how Shelley Long looks after all these years? Do you think time has treated her well?
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