The Info List - 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), 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.

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]


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]


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].


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.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Lt. Saavik Nominee—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 One More Chance Sheila
1983 Champions Barbara
1984 Blind Date[36] 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 Madhouse Jessie Bannister
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 Deconstructing Harry Joan
1997 For Richer or Poorer Caroline Sexton
1999 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman
2002 Back by Midnight Gloria Beaumont
2015 Accidental Love Aunt Rita


Year Title Role Notes
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[37] 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 Blonde Elsie 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
2012 The Manzanis Angela Pilot
2013 Baby Sellers Carla Huxley TV movie
2013–2014 Hot in Cleveland Herself / Maddie Banks 2 episodes
2013–2014 Kirstie[38] Maddie Banks 12 episodes
2015 The Middle Pam Staggs Episode: "Pam Freakin' Staggs"
2015 Time Crashers Herself British reality series
2016 Flaked Jackie Episode: "Palms"
2016 Scream Queens Ingrid Marie Hoffel/Bean Main cast (season 2); 8 episodes


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