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Kristy McNichol on Life After Hollywood: I'm 'Happy and Serene'

Kristy McNichol Opens Up About Life After Hollywood: I'm 'Happy and Serene'

Originally posted 11/06/2014 07:00PM

In the '70s and '80s, Kristy McNichol was one of the most popular actresses of her generation, starring in movies like Little Darlings and TV shows like Family and Empty Nest.

Then in the '90s, she stepped away from the spotlight – for good.

On Wednesday night, PEOPLE caught up with the actress at the Love Boat reunion in Fort Lauderdale, where the cast gathered to christen a new Regal Princess cruise ship and celebrate 50 years of Princess Cruises. McNichol, who appeared as a guest star on the show, said she left show business to "see what else was out there."

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PHOTO: It's a Love Boat Reunion!

The Cast of The Love Boat Reunites (Photo)

Originally posted 11/05/2014 11:25PM

Reunion on the Lido Deck!

The original cast of The Love Boat – along with a whole lot of former guest stars – gathered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Wednesday to help christen a new line of Princess Cruise ships.

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Filed Under: The Love Boat, TV News
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Watch The Love Boat Reunite on The Talk

The Love Boat Reunites on The Talk

Originally posted 11/06/2013 01:15PM

The Talk co-hosts were all aboard this week, dressing up as characters from The Love Boat to celebrate a reunion for the series.

Most of the boat's crew was in attendance Tuesday, including Gavin MacLeod (the Captain), Bernie Kopell (Dr. Adam Bricker), Ted Lange (Isaac Washington), Fred Grandy (Burl "Gopher" Smith), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy) and Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing).

Even Charo, who would often appear on the show as entertainer April Lopez, made a surprise visit.

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Love Boat's Gavin McLeod Releases Memoir, Blasts Today's TV Comedies

Love Boat Captain Gavin McLeod Releases Memoir, Blasts Today's TV Comedies

Originally posted 10/25/2013 05:55PM

There's nothing but smooth sailing for Gavin McLeod these days.

The actor, now 82, rose to fame playing Captain Merrill Stubing in the hit '80s series The Love Boat, but over the years, he's been steering an entirely new course for himself – one firmly anchored to his identity as a man of faith.

On Tuesday, McLeod released his memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, which chronicles the choppy waters he's sailed: two heart attacks, two marriages and his battles with alcoholism and depression.

Now, in an interview with Religion News Service (via The Huffington Post), the actor, who is a devout member of the Pentecostal church, speaks out about his spiritual journey – one that took him from Roman Catholicism to the New Age movement to Pentecostalism. (He proudly describes himself as "ambassador for Christ.")

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Filed Under: Memoir, The Love Boat, Books
Nostalgia Sets Sail! The Love Boat's Gavin MacLeod Tells All in New Book

Love Boat Captain Gavin MacLeod Reveals Alcohol, Depression Battles in Autobiography

Originally posted 07/30/2013 12:40PM

Gavin MacLeod jauntily helmed The Love Boat for nine seasons, but the 82-year-old's upcoming autobiography, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, reveals that his real life wasn't always quite so sunny and carefree.

Despite securing a spot in television history with his roles as Captain Merrill Stubing and Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the book, out Oct. 22, also chronicles darker times, which include a battle with depression and alcoholism. (He got sober in 1974.)

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