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At 82, Joel Grey publicly comes out as gay

Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.

The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor tells People magazine, “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

Grey was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years and they have two children together: actress Jennifer Grey and son James, a chef. He says, “It took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”

Grey’s show-stopping performance as the devilish master of ceremonies in “Cabaret” won him an Academy Award and a Tony.

After “Cabaret,” Grey went on to star on Broadway in “George M!,” the title role in “Goodtime Charley,” Amos Hart in the revival of “Chicago,” and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in “Wicked.”

Kristy McNichol comes out as lesbian

Kristy McNichol, who won an Emmy playing the tomboy Buddy Lawrence in the 1970s TV show “Family” and later portrayed Barbara Weston on “Empty Nest,” is officially out of the closet.

In a recent interview with People magazine, McNichol said that because she is “approaching 50,” she wants to “be open about who I am.”

In the interview, McNichol reveals that she’s lived with her partner Martie Allen for almost two decades. She said that she hopes coming out as lesbian will help give hope and support to LGBT youth who are experiencing bullying.

“She would like to help others who feel different,” her publicist told People.

McNichol, who also starred in a number of movies, hasn’t regularly starred in a television series since the mid-1990s. Her career began unraveling after she had a breakdown on the set of 1984’s “Just the Way You Are” while filming in the French Alps.

Rumors of substance abuse and manic depression dogged McNichol for years after that, costing her numerous roles. In a 1989 interview with People, however, McNichol explained that her breakdown was the result of pent-up anger over losing her childhood to work and having to take care of her family as a child.

According to the interview, McNichol is now taking time off to focus on her health and is enjoying spending time on “tennis, yoga, travel and raising her beloved miniature dachshunds.”