McNichol was born on Sept.
She later made her decision public in 2001.
It was like -- well, I was making my mom happy.
Despite having such a pivotal role in the entertainment industry at a young age, McNichol later removed herself from the world of acting and retired in the late 1990s.
Well-liked by her classmates, Buddy's character is one who is compassionate and loyal to her friends.
She later said that the breakdown had been caused by the pressures of her childhood career, as well as the pressure to hide her sexuality from the public.
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Her brother Jimmy even moved in with her.