The nom de Plume of Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), a former waitress turned writer on the sitcom CHEERS/NBC/1982-93. Diane used the pen name earlier in her career when she helped friend Sam Malone (Ted Danson) write his memoirs (the book never materialized).
Written under her own name of Diane Chambers was the lengthy novel entitled, “The Heart Held Hostage.” The story was based on the life of Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman), a wisecracking waitress who taunted Diane while they both worked together at a Boston tavern called Cheers.
When Diane’s book manuscript was initially refused by a publisher, her agent suggested she trim a couple thousand pages and turn it into a script. Her final draft (written on recycled paper) won an ACE Cable TV award for best movie or miniseries.