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

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.

The Cast of The Love Boat Reunites (Photo)

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.

The Love Boat Reunites on The Talk

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.

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

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.

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

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.)