Kirstie Alley

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), Look Who's Talking Too" (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.

Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley 1994
Alley in 1994
Born Kirstie Louise Alley
January 12, 1951 (age 67)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Kansas State University
Occupation Actress, spokesmodel
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Bob Alley
(m. 1970; div. 1977)

Parker Stevenson
(m. 1983; div. 1997)
Children 2
Website kirstiealley.com

Early life

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.[1][2] She has two siblings, Colette and Craig. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School, graduating in 1969.[3] She attended college at Kansas State University in 1969.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3]

Career

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.[5] 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.[6] 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![7]

Alley has won two Emmy Awards[8] 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".[9] 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.[10]

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,[11] and ran for one season before it was canceled, five months after ending its freshman run.[12]

Dancing with the Stars

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[13] again with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They were the seventh couple eliminated from the competition.

Personal life

Alley dated Bob Alley, in high school. They married in 1970. Her husband had the same name as her father.[14] They divorced seven years later as their career paths diverged.[15] 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.[16] On June 21, 2016, Alley announced she was a grandmother after her son William welcomed a son of his own, Waylon Tripp Parker.[17]

She has a house in Islesboro, Maine.[18]

Weight gain and loss

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.[19]

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).[20]

In May 2009, she told People magazine that, after parting ways with Jenny Craig, she gained 83 pounds (38 kg) and weighed as much as 228 pounds (103 kg).[21]

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.[22] 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.[23][24]

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.[23] In January 2015, Alley claimed that, since starting the Jenny Craig weight-loss program again, she had lost 50 pounds (23 kg).[25]

Scientology

Alley was raised as a Methodist, but became a member of the Church of Scientology in 1979.[26] 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,[27] to end her dependency.[28] She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, has attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan Level 7).[29]

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.[30]

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 [31].

Politics

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.[32][33] On October 8, 2016, Alley retracted her endorsement of Trump, tweeting, "I hate this election and I'm officially no longer endorsing either candidate."[34]

She has publicly voiced her opposition to spanking and other forms of corporal punishment on many occasions, most notably on the Howard Stern Show[35] in 2013, when Stern and Quivers also voiced their own opposition to spanking children.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Saavik film debut
1983 One More Chance Sheila
1984 Champions Barbara
Blind Date Claire Simpson
Runaway Jackie Rogers
1987 Summer School Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop
1988 She's Having a Baby Herself uncredited
Shoot to Kill Sarah Rennell
1989 Loverboy Dr. Joyce Palmer
Look Who's Talking Mollie
1990 Madhouse Jessie Bannister
Sibling Rivalry Marjorie Turner
Look Who's Talking Too Mollie
1993 Look Who's Talking Now
1995 Village of the Damned Dr. Susan Verner
It Takes Two Diane Barrows
1996 Sticks & Stones Joeys Mom
1997 Nevada McGill also Co-Producer
Deconstructing Harry Joan
For Richer or Poorer Caroline Sexton
1999 The Mao Game Diane Highland
Drop Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman
2004 Back by Midnight Gloria Beaumont
2013 Syrup Herself
2015 Accidental Love Aunt Rita

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Quark Handmaiden Episode: "The Old and the Beautiful"
uncredited
1979 Match Game Herself
1983 Highway Honeys Draggin' Lady Television Movie
television debut
1983 The Love Boat Marion Stevens Episode: "The World's Greatest Kisser/Don't Take My Wife, Please/The Reluctant Father"
1983-1984 Masquerade Casey Collins series regular; 13 episodes
1984 Sins of the Past Patrice Cantwell Television Movie
1985 A Bunny's Tale Gloria Steinem Television Movie
1985-1986 North and South Virgilia Hazard Television Miniseries; 10 episodes
1985-1987 Deadly Nightmares Jane L. Angelica 2 episodes also known as "The Hitchhiker"
1986 Prince of Bel Air Jamie Harrison Television Movie
Stark: Mirror Image Maggie Carter Television Movie
1987-1993 Cheers Rebecca Howe series regular; 148 episodes
1987 Infidelity Ellie Denato Television Movie
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Rebecca Howe Television Movie
1990 Masquerade Casey Collins Television Movie
1991 Saturday Night LIVE! Herself Host
Episode: "Kirstie Alley/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers"
Flesh 'n' Blood Starr Baxter Episode: "Arlo and Starr"
1993 Saturday Night LIVE! Herself Host
Episode: "Kirstie Alley/Lenny Kravitz"
Wings Rebecca Howe Episode: "I Love Brian"
1994 David's Mother Sally Goodson Television Movie
1995 Peter and the Wolf Annie/Bird/Duck Television Movie
voice role
1996 Radiant City Gloria Goodman Television Movie
Suddenly Marty Doyle Television Movie
also Writer
1997-2000 Veronica's Closet Veronica Chase series regular; 67 episodes
also Producer
1997 Ink Dahlia Episode: "Breaking the Rules"
Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis Television Movie
The Last Don Rose Marie Clericuzio Television Miniseries
3 episodes
1998 The Last Don II Television Miniseries
2 episodes
2001 Blonde Elsie Television Miniseries
2 episodes
Dharma & Greg Dr. Tish Episode: "The End of the Innocence: Part 1"
uncredited
2002 Glory Days Mike's Agent Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
Salem Witch Trials Ann Putnam Television Movie
Hollywood Squares Herself 2 episodes
2003 Profoundly Normal Donna Lee Shelby Thornton Television Movie
also Executive Producer
2004 Without a Trace Noreen Raab Episode: "Risen"
Family Sins Brenda Geck Television Movie
While I Was Gone Jo Beckett Television Movie
2005-2005 Fat Actress Herself Television Miniseries; also Writer/Executive Producer
7 episodes
2006 The King of Queens Herself Episode: "Apartment Complex"
2007 Write & Wrong Byrdie Langdon Television Movie
also Executive Producer
The Minister of Divine Sydney Hudson Television Movie also known as "The Vicar of Dibley"
2008 The Hills Herself Episode: "Girls Night Out"
2010 Kirstie Alley's Big Life Herself series regular; 12 episodes
also Executive Producer
2011-2012 Dancing with the Stars Herself 34 episodes
2012 The Manzanis Angela Television Movie
2013 Baby Sellers Carla Huxley Television Movie
2013-2014 Kirstie Maddie Banks series regular; 13 episodes
also Executive Producer
Hot in Cleveland Maddie Banks 2 episodes
2015 The Middle Pam Staggs Episode: "Pam Freakin' Staggs"
2016 Flaked Jackie Episode: "Palms"
Scream Queens Ingrid Hoffel series regular; 10 episodes

Awards and Nominations

Alley's most awarded work is in television with roles like Rebecca Howe on NBC's sitcom Cheers (1982-1993), and Veronica Chase on ABC's Veronica's Closet (1997-2001) - earning the actress five Golden Globe award nominations, six Primetime Emmy award nominations, and a Screen Actors Guild award nomination, but it was her film career that earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Picture in 1995.

Year Title Accolade Results
1983 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Saturn award, Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1985 Runaway Nominated
1987 The Hitchhiker CableACE award, Best Actress in a Dramatic Series Nominated
1988 Nominated
Cheers People's Choice award, Favorite Female Television Performer Nominated
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1989 American Comedy award, Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Network, Cable or Syndication Nominated
1990 Nominated
Look Who's Talking American Comedy award, Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Bravo Otto award, Best Actress Nominated
Cheers Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
People's Choice award, Favorite Female Television Performer Nominated
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television award, Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1991 American Comedy award, Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Network, Cable or Syndication Nominated
Bravo Otto award, Best Actress Nominated
Cheers Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Won
People's Choice award, Favorite Female Television Performer Won
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Viewers for Quality Television award, Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1992 Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
People's Choice award, Favorite Female Television Performer Nominated
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television award, Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1993 American Television award, Best Actress in a Situation Comedy Nominated
Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
People's Choice award, Favorite Female Television Performer Nominated
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1994 David's Mother Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special Won
1995 Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Star on the Walk of Fame - Motion Picture 7000 Hollywood, Blvd. Won
1996 It Takes Two Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
1997 The Last Don Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
Suddenly Satellite award, Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
For Richer or Poorer The Stinkers Bad Movie award, Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Tim Allen) Nominated
1998 Veronica's Closet American Comedy award, Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Network, Cable or Syndication Nominated
Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Television Actress Nominated
People's Choice award, Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Won
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous The Stinkers Bad Movie award, Worst Supporting Actress Nominated

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Succeeded by
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke

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