Kirstie Alley

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Kirstie Alley

Alley in 1994
BornKirstie Louise Alley
(1951-01-12) January 12, 1951 (age 62)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Bob Alley (m. 1970 – 1977) «start: (1970)–end+1: (1978)»"Marriage: Bob Alley to Kirstie Alley" Location: (linkback:// (divorced)
Parker Stevenson (m. 1983 – 1997) «start: (1983)–end+1: (1998)»"Marriage: Parker Stevenson to Kirstie Alley" Location: (linkback:// (divorced); 2 children
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Kirstie Alley

Alley in 1994
BornKirstie Louise Alley
(1951-01-12) January 12, 1951 (age 62)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Bob Alley (m. 1970 – 1977) «start: (1970)–end+1: (1978)»"Marriage: Bob Alley to Kirstie Alley" Location: (linkback:// (divorced)
Parker Stevenson (m. 1983 – 1997) «start: (1983)–end+1: (1998)»"Marriage: Parker Stevenson to Kirstie Alley" Location: (linkback:// (divorced); 2 children

Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and comedian known for her role in the TV show Cheers, in which she played Rebecca Howe from 1987–1993, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991. She is also known for her role in the thriller Shoot to Kill and the Look Who's Talking film series as Mollie Ubriacco. More recently, Alley has appeared in reality shows revolving around her life.


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] Alley is of Irish descent.[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] In 1981, a car accident caused by a drunk driver killed her mother and left her father seriously injured. Her father eventually recovered.[3] Kirstie came to Los Angeles to work as an interior designer and appeared as a contestant on the popular game show Match Game, where she won multiple games. She also appeared on the game show Password Plus in 1980.


Alley made her movie debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing the Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik. In 1989, Alley starred in Look Who's Talking alongside John Travolta, which 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![4]

Alley has won two Emmy Awards[5] 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."[6]

For contributions to the motion picture industry, Alley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.[7]

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 2000–04 and for Jenny Craig from 2005–08.

TV Land will air a new sitcom that will center on Alley as a Broadway star and a new parent. It is called "Kirstie's New Show," The show will reunite her with former Cheers costar Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld star Michael Richards. The 12-episode series will premiere in the fall of 2013.[8]

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. On May 2011, 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[9] with her former partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They were the seventh couple eliminated from the competition.

Personal life

Kirstie met and dated a distant cousin, Bob Alley, in high school. They married in 1970, but divorced seven years later as their career paths diverged.[10] Alley was married to her second husband, Parker Stevenson (Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr.) on December 22, 1983. They divorced in 1997. Alley and Stevenson share custody of their two children, William True and Lillie Price.[11]

Weight loss

In March 2010 Alley launched Organic Liaison, which includes Rescue Me, the first USDA-certified organic weight loss product. She announced that she lost 100 pounds (45 kg) using the program in September 2011.[12]


Alley was raised Methodist but is now a member of the Church of Scientology. 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,[13] to end her dependency.[14] She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, had attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan level 7).[15]

In May 2000, she purchased, for $1.5 million, the former home of fellow Scientologist Lisa Marie Presley, a 5,200 sq ft (480 m2) waterfront mansion in Clearwater, Florida, the spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology. In 2007, Alley gave $5 million to the Church of Scientology.[16]

As published author

Alley has written two autobiographical books, How To Lose Your Ass And Regain Your Life and The Art Of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente). In the latter, she writes of having fallen for at least two of her leading men, Patrick Swayze, one of her castmates in the first two North and South miniseries productions, and fellow Scientologist John Travolta, her castmate in the Look Who's Talking films. She also denies, in The Art Of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente), having actually been sexually active with either.


1982Star Trek II: The Wrath Of KhanLt. SaavikNominee—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983One More ChanceSheila
1984Blind Date[17]Claire Simpson
1984RunawayJackie RogersNominee—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987Summer SchoolMs. Robin Bishop
1988Shoot To KillSarah Renell
1989Look Who's TalkingMollie Jensen
1989LoverboyDr. Joyce Palmer
1990MadhouseJessie Bannister
1990Look Who's Talking TooMollie Ubriacco
1990Sibling RivalryMarjorie Turner
1993Look Who's Talking Now!Mollie Ubriacco
19943 Chains o' GoldVanessa Bartholomew
1995Village Of The DamnedDr. Susan Verner
1995It Takes TwoDiane Barrows
1997Deconstructing HarryJoan
1997For Richer Or PoorerCaroline Sexton
1999Drop-Dead GorgeousGladys Leeman
2002Back By MidnightGloria Beaumont
2010NailedAunt Rita
1979Match GameSelf (contestant)
1983MasqueradeCasey Collins(2 episodes)
1984Sins of the PastPatrice Cantwell
1985Bunny's Tale, AA Bunny's TaleGloria Steinem
1985Hitchhiker, TheThe HitchhikerAngelicaEpisode "Out of the Night"
Nominee—CableACE Award for Actress in a Dramatic Series
1985North and SouthVirgilia Hazard(miniseries)
1986North and South IIVirgilia Hazard(miniseries)
1986Stark: Mirror ImageMaggie Carter
1986Prince of Bel AirJamie Harrison
1987Hitchhiker, TheThe HitchhikerJane L.Episode "The Legendary Billy B."
1987InfidelityEliot 'Ellie' Denato
1987–1993CheersRebecca HoweEmmy 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)
1994David's MotherSally GoodsonEmmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1996Peter And The WolfAnnie / Bird / Duck / Cat
1996Radiant CityGloria Goodman
1997Last Don, TheThe Last DonRose Marie Clericuzio(miniseries)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1997ToothlessDr. Katherine Lewis(TV movie)
1997–2000Veronica's ClosetVeronica Chase(also producer)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1997)
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
1998Last Don II, TheThe Last Don IIRose Marie Clericuzio(miniseries)
2002Salem Witch TrialsAnn Putnam(miniseries)
2003Profoundly NormalDonna Lee Shelby Thornton(also executive producer)
2004Family SinsBrenda Geck
2004While I Was GoneJo Beckett
2004Without A TraceNoreen RaabEpisode "Risen"
2005Fat ActressSelf(also joint creator and co-writer w/Brenda Hampton)
(7 episodes)
2006The King Of QueensSelfEpisode "Apartment Complex"
2007Write & WrongByrdie Langdon
2007Minister Of Divine, TheThe Minister Of DivineSydney Hudson
2010Marriage Ref, TheThe Marriage RefSelf (guest judge)
2010Kirstie Alley's Big LifeSelf (documentee)Reality Television
2011-2012Dancing With The StarsSelf (contestant)Season 12 & Season 15: All-Stars Reality Television
2013Kirstie's New Show[18]Maddie Banks


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  3. ^ a b c "CNN Transcripts". CNN. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
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  7. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame database".
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  9. ^ Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed
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  11. ^ "'Gal-imony': Celeb Women Who Pay in the Divorce". ABC News. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
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  13. ^ "Narconon Exposed: Is Narconon safe?". Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. November 5, 2002.
  14. ^ Huus, Kari (July 5, 2005). "Scientology’s love affair with Hollywood". MSNBC. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  15. ^ "Scientology and Me". Panorama. May 14, 2007. BBC One.
  16. ^ Associated Press. "Scientologists' big donations," ABC Action News, Scripps TV Station Group, January 30, 2008. Retrieved on January 31, 2008.
  17. ^ The end credits of this film promoted a sequel, to have been titled Run, Stumble, Fall, which was not known to have been produced or released as of the middle of May of 2012.
  18. ^

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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