Martie Allen- Biography, net worth and career

Who is Martie Allen?

There are several examples of people getting famous because their name is connected to someone far more popular than themselves. This sometimes undermines or foreshadows the achievements of the former, and they forever live under the shadows of their well-known counterpart. One such example is Martie Allen, married to the popular former actress, singer, and comedian Christina ‘Kristy’ McNichol. The 61-year-old currently enjoys her retirement with her partner and has remained mostly out of media attention.

Martie and Kristy are the pioneers in same-sex marriage and came out about their sexuality in 2012. Their partnership or relationship has been in the spotlight ever since.

However, most of the media attention has always been towards Kristy McNichol. So, in this article, let’s find out who the less famous one of the couple, Martie Allen, really is.

Facts about Martie Allen

Full nameMartie Allen
Date of birthJanuary 1, 1960
BirthplaceUnited States
Known asMartie
ProfessionTV Personality
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Father’s nameN/A
Mother’s nameN/A
Height 5 feet 5 inches
Eye colorDark Brown
Hair colorBlonde
Shoe size5 (U.S)
SpouseKristy McNichol
HobbiesTennis, Yoga, Travelling
Net worth$ 600 thousand

Martie Allen’s early life

Being married to a very famous person definitely has its perks. One of those perks is the fame that comes with the relationship.

Nonetheless, Martie Allen has always stayed out of the glamor and limelight ever since she was just 24. Nothing much is known about her early life and family apart from being born in the United States.

She was born on January 1, 1960, to a Caucasian family. Information regarding her parents and siblings is not available to the media.

The same goes for her educational background. We know equal to nothing about her educational background as well.

One has to commend her for keeping her early life extraordinarily private, especially in today’s media frenzy world.

Physical attributes of Martie Allen 

Martie Allen is of average height, standing 5 feet 5 inches or 165 cm tall. With that, she weighs around 55 kg or 121 lbs.

With her dark brown eyes and beautiful blonde hair, Martie Allen is still a thing of beauty. Even at the age of 61, her body measurements of 34 – 29 – 38 are awe-inspiring.

Martie Allen’s relationship

Speculation had always surrounded the relationship between Kristy McNichol and Martie Allen. They were spotted together several times in various places and functions, and the fans and the media were questioning the legitimacy of their relationship.

The sexuality of both McNichol and Allen was a questionable subject until 2012 when McNichol finally revealed that she was a lesbian. She also mentioned that she was in a happy relationship with her partner; however, she did not reveal who her partner was.

It was months later that the media found out about the marriage between Kristy McNichol and Martie Allen. It was also clear now that all the speculation about their relationship was true. They had been in a relationship since their teenage years.

The reason behind the revelation was that both Kristy and Martie finally wanted to be open about themselves. Not only this, but they also wanted to help and support younger generations who are bullied for their sexuality.


Kristy McNichol also mentioned that one of the main reasons she retired early was the immense pressure she had to face to hide her sexuality and her relationship with Martie Allen. She further mentioned that the pressure was too much for her to handle, leading to several mental breakdowns and bipolar disorder.

Kristy has also mentioned how grateful she is to have a partner like Martie Allen, who has always been supportive even on her worst days. We can be clear of one thing that without the sacrifices of Martie Allen for her partner, we would not have Kristy McNichol.

Massing a massive $7 million, they still have no heir to their fortune, however. They still have not adopted any child and also have not decided yet what they will do to their immense property.

The couple’s story could be made into a movie itself as it is inspiring and an example of true love. It has certainly influenced those struggling with their sexuality but also all the other lovers in the world.

Who is Martie Allen’s wife, Kristy McNichol?   

Kristy McNichol is primarily recognized as a former actress, singer, and comedian. The Irish-Lebanese actress is widely popular for her role in the 1976 hit show ‘Family’ as Letitia ‘Buddy’ Lawrence. She went on to win two Emmy Awards for her role in this TV show.

McNichol additionally did a critically acclaimed movie ‘Little Darlings’ in 1980. She also starred alongside famous names like Mark Hamil and Dennis Quad in ‘The night the lights went out in Georgia.’

‘Women of Valor,’ ‘Two Moon Junction,’ and ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ are some other movies Kristy McNichol went on to star in the following years of her career. Additionally, she starred in two more hit TV series named ‘Empty Nest’ and a spin-off series ‘The Golden Girls’.

All of these hit movies and TV series are the specimens of McNichol’s alluring success. However, Martie Allen was always the woman supporting her back through her years of success and retirement.

Kristy retired from her acting career in 2001. McNichol’s reasons for retirement were not mentioned clearly during her retirement; however, it was later revealed that she had some mental issues that compelled her to finally step down from her stardom.


The relationship between Martie Allen and Kristy McNichol was controversial before their marriage and remained a topic of controversy even after some years of their marriage.

The media and fans used to question the legitimacy of their relationship before 2012 when the couple finally revealed their 2-decade long relationship. However, the revelation did not stop the backlash that they were facing about the relationship.

Although the world changed and people became more accepting of the sexuality of other people, 2012 was in a phase where still many people were adapting to change their perception of homosexuality.

Many people criticized the legitimacy of their marriage as well, but the couple stood strong. They faced all the backlash together as a unit.

After some time, the controversies and backlashes died down, and now Allen and McNichol enjoy their marriage like every other couple does.

Apart from this, Martie Allen’s life is free from any controversies. She is a loving wife to her partner, isn’t involved in any crime or drug abuse, and is and has always been a civilized member of society.

Martie Allen’s career

Martie Allen had similar aspirations as her partner did at her young years to become an actress. Nevertheless, after some swings at acting, here and there, her acting career was over.

Like her childhood and educational background, nothing much is known about her short-lived career. But we have gathered that Martie had to leave her career because of her partner Kristy McNichol.

McNichol had the bipolar disorder at that time, so she needed someone to take care of her all the time. So, in order to help her partner out, Allen stepped down from her, just sprouting, career, and started helping her partner to kiss the success that she has achieved now.

Maybe this is one of the main reasons the couple has such a long-lasting relationship. They understand each other’s talents and sacrifices and choose to love one another for it.

Martie Allen’s net worth 

Martie Allen and Kristy McNichol’s joint net worth is over $7.5 million. Out of which McNichol primarily accumulated most of it due to her long and successful career.

To be honest, Martie Allen’s true net worth is also a topic of conjecture. However, it is speculated that her net worth is around $600 thousand.

Martie Allen’s social media  

One of the reasons we know so little about Martie Allen is that she does not use social media. She does not have an official Twitter account and isn’t active on Instagram as well. Allen is also not active on Facebook and YouTube.

Interesting Facts about Martie Allen

  • It is hard to find Martie Allen’s pictures on social media.
  • Her career as a TV personality could only last for a very short period.
  • Martie Allen currently lives in Los Angeles, U.S.A, with her partner Kristy McNichol.
  • She is quite close to her family members but has always been secretive about them.
  • Allen does not use any social media accounts

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