Kristy continued to work steadily throughout the '80s until her career began to taper off in the '90s amidst rumors of drug use and increasingly erratic behavior. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992 and left her job on the sitcom "Empty Nest" shortly after. She made her final appearance on-screen when she returned to "Empty Nest" for the series finale in 1995. On Jan. 6, 2012, Kristy publicly came out as a lesbian. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches acting at a private school with her partner of 20 years, Martie Allen.