However, Diane's high society platitudes and
snobbish ways were lost on the blue-collar crowd
at Cheers, especially Carla Tortelli, a
wisecracking waitress who called Diane "Fishface"
"Pencil neck", "Squawkbox" and "Whitey" among
Diane is an aspiring writer. She is single,
aloof, opinionated, stubborn and works at a
local tavern called Cheers. Born prematurely
at 8 months into the wealthy home of Helen
and Spencer Chambers (who called her
"Muffin"), Diane loved education, poetry and
rare first-edition books.
Diane first encountered Cheers when she entered
the bar soon after being dumped by Professor
Sumner Sloan. Sam Malone the owner of the bar
felt sorry for her and hired her as a waitress,
despite her lack of experience. Over time Diane
and Sam developed a passionate on and off again
romance. Their relationship was volatile and the
more they hated each other, the more they wanted
to jump into the sack.
In between her flings with Sam Malone, Diana had
a romantic encounter with psychiatrist Dr.
Frasier Crane, a regular at Cheers. Diane almost
married him but left him at the altar. She then
went on a wild sexual spree of unrelenting
debauchery through Europe from which she
recovered at the Abbey of St Anshelms, Sisters
of the Divine Serenity in Boston.
Eventually, Diane returned to Cheers and made
plans to marry Sam Malone. Diane even went house
hunting and found a lovely little abode. As she
said "Oh Sam, I have wonderful plans for every
room in the entire house. Sam amorously replied
"That's funny so do I. Why don't we start right
here in the living room. These floors look like
they could use a little polishing."
But, just as Sam and Diana were ready to
consummate their marriage, Diane learned that
Houghton Mifflin wanted to publish her novel.
Reaching an understanding with Sam to leave for
six months to pursue her writing career, Diane
promised to return and pick up their
relationship. But as Diana left the bar, Sam
sensed that she wouldn't be back and quietly
remarked "Have a good life."
(L-R) Coach Pantusso, Carla Tortelli, Sam Malone, and Diane Chambers
Diane never did return, but a few years later
while watching a TV awards program at the bar,
the gang at Cheers viewed in amazement as Diana
received an award for her movie script The Heart
Held Hostage. The movie was an off shoot of her
failed book that she left Boston to write.
Although the book deal fell through, Diane's
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. The story
was based on the life of Carla Tortelli, who had
constantly taunted Diane while they both worked
together at Cheers.
With success in hand, Diane made a short visit
back to Cheers to see Sam. As Diane entered the
bar, Carla began to scream uncontrollably as if
she'd just awoken from a nightmare. Fearful of
what Sam might think of her, Diane pretended to be
married with three kids. Sam, ever competitive,
lied and told Diane that he had since married
and had four kids. Of course, their subterfuge
was revealed and, in the end, Sam and Diane
returned to their passionate ways, if just for
Earlier in her career, Diane used the pen name
Jessica Simpson Bourges when she helped Sam "May
Day" Malone write his memoirs about his days as
a relief pitcher for the Red Sox baseball team
[that book never materialized].
After Diane's initial return to Cheers, she
turns up to visit her old friends including Dr.
Frasier Crane who had moved to Seattle to take a
job at a WKAL radio talk show. On one of her
visits to Seattle, she dropped by to see Frasier
and revealed her newest literary work - a play
that was subconsciously based on all the people
she had known at Cheers year ago.
The "Losers" or people in the play included Stan
(Sam), Clark (Cliff), Darla (Carla), Ned (Norm)
and Dr. Franklin Crean (Frasier). All of the
characters were obsessed with the lead female
Mary Anne (Diane). It was during this visit that
Frasier and Diane came to terms with their past
and parted friends. Of course, Frasier still
recalls his days with Diana as "The evil days,
when darkness fell over the earth."
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