Shelley wins the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1983.
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"Well, last I saw, you and Diane were here alone. D’ja give her a goodbye boink?"
— Carla Tortelli, Cheers, Cheerio, Cheers
"He invented the word boink. Which came from Sam and Diane were boinking, and they were looking for a euphemism for that, and David thought of the word boink. It has since entered the lexicon, which actually, I spoke about that at his memorial service, as part of his legacy."
— Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers writer/producer David Lee, in which Lee discusses Cheers writer/producer David Angell, July 9, 2010.
"I think Shelley, in those early years— well actually, her whole stay on the show— I’d be hard-pressed to think of a more gifted comedic actress on television. She rode a thin line between caricature and a real person, and rode it perfectly. I never believed that she wasn’t that character… that she was just playing a part. I believed that that was an actual human being there. And man, she could wring a joke out of a straight line. She could get a laugh out of a glance. She was a joy to work with. And smart. Smart.”
— Archive of American Television Interview with Cheers writer/producer David Lee, July 9, 2010.