Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and spokesmodel. Her big break came in 1982 playing Lieutenant JG Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Alley is best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers, in which she starred from 1987 to 1993, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1991. She has also starred in several movies, including Summer School (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), Look Who's Talking (1989) and its two sequels, Sibling Rivalry (1990), It Takes Two (1995), Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Drop-Dead Gorgeous (1999). She received her second Emmy for David's Mother for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
From 1997 to 2000, Alley starred as the leading character in the NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet, for which she received additional Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. In the 2000s, she has appeared in reality shows revolving around her life. In 2013, she returned to acting with the title role on the short-lived TV Land sitcom Kirstie, and in 2016 joined the second season of the Fox horror-comedy Scream Queens, playing Ingrid Hoffel.
Alley at the 1994 Emmy Awards
|Born||Kirstie Louise Alley
January 12, 1951
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kansas State University|
(m. 1970; div. 1977)
(m. 1983; div. 1997)
Kirstie Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Lillian Mickie (née Heaton), a homemaker, and Robert Deal Alley, who owned a lumber company. She has two siblings, Colette and Craig. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School, graduating in 1969. She attended college at Kansas State University in 1969. After moving to Los Angeles to pursue Scientology and work as an interior designer, Alley appeared as a contestant on the popular game show Match Game in 1979 (not during the "Match Game '79" season). She won both rounds, winning $500 in the first round and $5500 in the second round. She also appeared on the game show Password Plus in 1980. In 1981, a car accident caused by a drunk driver killed her mother and left her father seriously injured. Her father eventually recovered.
Before becoming an actress, Alley was an interior designer, as she announced during her appearances as a contestant on the game shows Match Game and Password Plus. She made her movie debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing the Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik, but chose not to reprise that role in the next two sequels, saying later that she was offered less money than for Star Trek II. In the years following she starred in a number of smaller films, including One More Chance, Blind Date and Runaway. In 1985, she played Virgilia Hazard in the ABC miniseries North and South, books I and II.
In 1987, Alley starred alongside Mark Harmon in the comedy film Summer School. The film was a box office success, grossing over $35 million in the United States. Later that year she joined the cast of NBC sitcom Cheers, replacing Shelley Long and remaining with the show until its eleventh and final season. In 1989, Alley starred with John Travolta in Look Who's Talking, the film grossed over $295,000,000 worldwide. They then went on to make two other films centered around the same theme, Look Who's Talking Too and Look Who's Talking Now!
Alley has won two Emmy Awards during her career. Her first two nominations for her work on Cheers did not earn her the award, but her third, in 1991, garnered her the statuette for that series. In her speech, she thanked then-husband Parker Stevenson, calling him "the man who has given me the big one for the last eight years". She won her second Emmy for 1994 television film David's Mother. For her contributions to the film industry, Alley received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in 1995.
From 1997 to 2000, Alley played the title character in the NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet, as well as serving as executive producers on the show. She served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004, and for Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008.
TV Land aired a sitcom that centered on Alley as a Broadway star and a new parent. It was titled Kirstie, and reunited her with former Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld star Michael Richards. The series premiered on December 4, 2013, and ran for one season before it was canceled, five months after ending its freshman run.
In February 2011, Alley was announced as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Their first dance, a cha-cha-cha, earned them the second-highest score, 23 points of a possible 30. In May, Alley and Chmerkovskiy performed their final dance, also a cha-cha-cha, which earned them a perfect score of 30 out of 30. Alley finished the competition in second place, behind NFL Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. She also took part in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for a second chance to win the mirrorball trophy again with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They were the seventh couple eliminated from the competition.
Alley dated Bob Alley, in high school. They married in 1970. Her husband had the same name as her father. They divorced seven years later as their career paths diverged. Alley was married to her second husband, Parker Stevenson, on December 22, 1983. They divorced in 1997. Alley and Stevenson shared custody of their two children, William True and Lillie Price. On June 21, 2016, Alley announced she was a grandmother after her son William welcomed a son of his own, Waylon Tripp Parker.
Alley appeared on The Dr. Oz Show on September 17, 2012, where she admitted that she started gaining weight in late 2003. Alley claimed she spent her whole life eating obsessively without gaining weight, and only noticed a change in her body after she went into early menopause in 1992.
While working as a Jenny Craig spokesperson from 2004 to 2007, Alley lost 75 pounds (34 kg), bringing her weight down to 145 pounds (66 kg).
In September 2011, Alley announced that she had lost 100 pounds (45 kg) using weight loss products from Organic Liaison, a company she had founded in 2010. In 2012, she faced a class-action lawsuit alleging false advertising; the suit claimed that her weight loss was the result of exercise, including training for the TV show Dancing With the Stars, not Organic Liaison products. She settled the suit in 2013, agreeing to remove the term "Proven Products" from packaging, issue a disclaimer on the brand's website that it is a "calorie-based weight-loss product", and pay a $130,000 settlement.
In April 2014, she reunited as a spokesperson with Jenny Craig; the Organic Liaison product line was acquired by Jenny Craig's parent company, and subsequently integrated into Jenny Craig's product line. In January 2015, Alley claimed that, since starting the Jenny Craig weight-loss program again, she had lost 50 pounds (23 kg).
Alley was raised as a Methodist, but became a member of the Church of Scientology in 1979. At the time she became a Scientologist, Alley admitted to having had a cocaine addiction and went through Narconon, a Scientology-affiliated drug treatment program, to end her dependency. She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, has attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan Level 7).
In May 2000, she purchased a 5,200 sq ft (480 m2) waterfront mansion from former Scientologist Lisa Marie Presley for $1.5 million. The house is in Clearwater, Florida, the spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology. Alley donated $5 million to the Church in 2007.
After fellow actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013, Alley publicly denounced Remini as "a repulsive bigot". Alley also supported the Church of Scientology on their investigation into Remini's time in the Church to find out what actual damage she had caused, supporting videos are shown on Scientology's website .
In August 2015 Alley tweeted that she would not be supporting the Democratic nominee during the 2016 presidential elections, and on April 8, 2016, she tweeted her support for Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. On October 8, 2016, Alley retracted her endorsement of Trump, tweeting, "I hate this election and I'm officially no longer endorsing either candidate."
She has publicly voiced her opposition to spanking and other forms of corporal punishment on many occasions, most notably on the Howard Stern Show in 2013, when Stern and Quivers also voiced their own opposition to spanking children. It is speculated by many readers of Nobody's Property that the character Cassandra Walcott's political views on the topic may be partially modeled after statements made by Alley.
|1982||Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan||Lt. Saavik||Nominee—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1983||One More Chance||Sheila|
|1984||Blind Date||Claire Simpson|
|1984||Runaway||Jackie Rogers||Nominee—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1987||Summer School||Ms. Robin Bishop|
|1988||Shoot to Kill||Sarah Renell||Also known as Deadly Pursuit|
|1989||Look Who's Talking||Mollie|
|1989||Loverboy||Dr. Joyce Palmer|
|1990||Look Who's Talking Too||Mollie Ubriacco|
|1990||Sibling Rivalry||Marjorie Turner|
|1993||Look Who's Talking Now||Mollie Ubriacco|
|1994||3 Chains o' Gold||Vanessa Bartholomew|
|1995||Village of the Damned||Dr. Susan Verner|
|1995||It Takes Two||Diane Barrows|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Caroline Sexton|
|1999||Drop-Dead Gorgeous||Gladys Leeman|
|2002||Back by Midnight||Gloria Beaumont|
|2015||Accidental Love||Aunt Rita|
|1979||Match Game||Herself (contestant)||1 episode|
|1980||Password Plus||Herself (contestant)||1 episode|
|1983||Masquerade||Casey Collins||2 episodes|
|1983||The Love Boat||Marion Stevens||1 episode - Portrayed a newlywed alongside then soon to be husband Parker Stevenson|
|1984||Sins of the Past||Patrice Cantwell||TV movie|
|1985||Bunny's Tale, AA Bunny's Tale||Gloria Steinem||TV movie|
|1985||Hitchhiker, TheThe Hitchhiker||Angelica||Episode: "Out of the Night"
Nominee—CableACE Award for Actress in a Dramatic Series
|1985||North and South||Virgilia Hazard||Miniseries|
|1986||North and South II||Virgilia Hazard||Miniseries|
|1986||Stark: Mirror Image||Maggie Carter||TV movie|
|1986||Prince of Bel Air||Jamie Harrison||TV movie|
|1987||Hitchhiker, TheThe Hitchhiker||Jane L.||Episode: "The Legendary Billy B."|
|1987||Infidelity||Eliot 'Ellie' Denato||TV movie|
|1987–1993||Cheers||Rebecca Howe||148 episodes
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1991)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1991)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1988, 1990, 1992, 1993)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1990, 1992, 1993)
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Rebecca Howe||TV special|
|1991||Flesh 'n' Blood||Starr Baxter||Episode: "Arlo and Starr"|
|1991–1993||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||2 episodes|
|1992||My Name Is Prince||Vanessa Bartholomew||Music video|
|1993||Wings||Rebecca Howe||Episode: "I Love Brian"|
|1994||David's Mother||Sally Goodson||TV movie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|1995||Peter and the Wolf||Annie / Bird / Duck / Cat (voice)||TV movie|
|1996||Radiant City||Gloria Goodman||TV movie|
|1996||Suddenly||Marty Doyle||TV movie|
|1997||Ink||Dahlia||Episode: "Breaking the Rules"|
|1997||Toothless||Dr. Katherine Lewis||TV movie|
|1997||Last Don, TheThe Last Don||Rose Marie Clericuzio||Miniseries
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
|1997–2000||Veronica's Closet||Veronica Chase||67 episodes; also producer
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1998)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1998)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
|1998||Last Don II, TheThe Last Don II||Rose Marie Clericuzio||Miniseries|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Dr. Trish||Episode: "The End of the Innocence: Part 1"; uncredited|
|2002||Salem Witch Trials||Ann Putnam||Miniseries|
|2003||Profoundly Normal||Donna Lee Shelby Thornton||TV movie; also executive producer|
|2004||Family Sins||Brenda Geck||TV movie|
|2004||While I Was Gone||Jo Beckett||TV movie|
|2004||Without a Trace||Noreen Raab||Episode: "Risen"|
|2005||Fat Actress||Herself||7 episodes; also co-creator and co-writer with Brenda Hampton|
|2006||The King of Queens||Herself||Episode: "Apartment Complex"|
|2007||Write & Wrong||Byrdie Langdon||TV movie|
|2007||The Minister of Divine||Sydney Hudson||Pilot based on the British series The Vicar of Dibley.|
|2010||Marriage Ref, TheThe Marriage Ref||Herself (guest judge)||1 episode|
|2010||Kirstie Alley's Big Life||Self (documentee)||Reality television|
|2011–2012||Dancing with the Stars||Herself (contestant)||Season 12 & Season 15: All-Stars Reality Television|
|2013||Baby Sellers||Carla Huxley||TV movie|
|2013–2014||Hot in Cleveland||Herself / Maddie Banks||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Kirstie||Maddie Banks||12 episodes|
|2015||The Middle||Pam Staggs||Episode: "Pam Freakin' Staggs"|
|2015||Time Crashers||Herself||British reality series|
|2016||Scream Queens||Ingrid Marie Hoffel/Bean||Main cast (season 2); 8 episodes|