From the mid-70s to all the way over to the 90s, Kristy McNichol was a big name in showbiz. From TV shows to movies to commercials, the teen idol was literally everywhere. The comedian was an All American girl, an apple pie in her fan’s eyes.
However, all the fame was for nothing as the Emmy-award actress suddenly vanished from the public eye in the 90s. Then in the year 2012, the otherwise secretive star came out of her recluse alongside a lesbian partner, Martie Allen. Her latest appearance raised a couple of questions, who is her partner Martie? Is she an actress like Kristy?
Kristy never talked about her sexuality in the past and now she is living together with a woman! Well, let’s take a close look at Martie’s life and try to uncover the mystery.
Martie Allen was born in Mississippi: Her father is a doctor
Martie gained popularity all thanks to her association with Kristy. Born on April 30th, 1963, she was born Martha aka Martie Miles Allen. She is the daughter of Nancy Norton Allen and Clyde Allen. Her father is a doctor based in Laurel, Mississippi. He specializes in Diagnostic Radiology.
She spent the major portion of her childhood in Laurel, MS, alongside her siblings. Speaking of which, she has one sister, Betsy Allen, and one brother Russell Allen. All three of them are doing great in their respective lives.
Martie Allen appeared in theatrical plays during high school
Martie studied at a local high school in Laurel. During her time in Laurel, she also attended the Laurel Little Theatre. She was one of the cast members of the plays, The Sound of Music and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum.
We can say, she also had a thing for acting, however, as time moved on, her interest also changed. She now works in a social service company. More on this later!
Apart from a high school degree, Kristy Nicohl’s partner Martie is a graduate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.
Details on Martie’s Professional Life
Most of the time, celebrities tend to settle down with someone who somehow works in the same field as them. However, Kristy and Martie’s careers are worlds apart from one another. Although Allen once tried her hands in the theatre, she never did become an actor. Instead, she transitioned her career in clinical psychology and became a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).
At the moment, she works at Aspiranet, an adoption & foster care agency. She works as the District Director for the company based in Ventura County, California. She joined the organization in June 2013.
Similar to her partner Kristy, who loves her job as an actress, Martie enjoys working at the agency. She has given several interviews as the director of Aspiranet.
In the video below Martie explains the organization’s work and what are they trying to accomplish.
Aside from the organization, she also works as a private counselor since 2003. She generally deals with Individuals and couples counseling. Previously, Kristy worked in a few organizations. She was a Clinical Supervisor and a Program Manager at Casa Pacifica. She worked at the firm for around 5-years.
In addition, she was also a faculty member at Ryokan College from 2009 to 2019.
Kristy McNichol and Martie Allen’s Relationship
How did they first meet?
Back in 2012 when Kristy revealed her girlfriend to the public she also mentioned that they have been dating for around 20-years. They first started going out when the actress opened up about her battle with Bipolar Disorder back in 1992. Taking this into consideration, the twosome has been together for around three decades now.
We’re sure many of you might be curious as to how in the world did they meet? After all, both of them come from a very different line of work which really makes us all curious. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not know to this date.
Has the couple tied the knot yet?
The answer to this question is still debatable. When Kristy first came forward with her relationship with Martie, she didn’t mention being married to her. Nevertheless, fans were quick to claim the duo has most definitely exchanged vows. Still, there has not been any sort of confirmation by either side of the party.
Furthermore, Martie’s mother Nancy is active on Facebook, and going through her social media handle, she is yet to mention if her daughter is married to Kristy.
Even so, one cannot say for certain if they are still in a relationship and not married. For all we know, they might be enjoying marital bliss for a long time. Be that as it may, we fans are quite elated to hear Kristy is doing great in her personal life.
Martie was there to support Kristy during her battle with Bipolar Disorder. Now that they’ve been together for more than a decade, it is safe to say, Kristy and Martie, both have found the one. At the moment, they don’t share any children, at least they haven’t spoken publically about it. Nonetheless, given Martie’s involvement with foster and adoption agencies, they might be raising a child.
What is Martie and Kristy up to these days?
For the past several years, they have been living at their beautiful residence in Sherman Oaks, California. While Allen has been busy in her respective career, Kristy is spending her time working as an acting teacher. She teaches in a private school in Los Angeles.
Besides, both of them are ardent supporters of the LGBTQ community. Back when McNichol came out, her publicist stated that she came forward after all these years to stand up for the LGBTQ kids who have been bullied because of their sexuality.