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Kirsten Louise "Kirstie" Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress known for her role in the TV show Cheers, in which she played Rebecca Howe from 1987-1993, winning an Emmy as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 1991.

Alley is a long standing member of the controversial Church of Scientology and spokesperson for its anti-psychiatry front group the CCHR.

Biography

Early life
Kirsty Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas, where she was raised, 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. Her mother died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in 1981. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School and became a cheerleader. She attended college at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, but dropped out in her sophomore year to pursue acting. She was first seen as a contestant on the game shows Match Game in 1979 (winning over $5,000) and Password Plus in 1980. On both shows she stated her occupation as an interior designer.


Career
Alley won a supporting role in the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik. Alley turned down the role of Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock because the producers would not meet her salary demands and because she didn't want to be typecast as a science fiction actress. Therefore, Robin Curtis assumed the role. Alley also co-starred in a short-lived secret agent television series, Masquerade, and in the acclaimed miniseries North and South.

In 1984, Alley starred in the low budget theatrical film Blind Date. Although the movie was a critical and commercial failure at the time, it has become a minor cult classic due primarily to the only on-screen nude scene of Alley's career.

She rose to prominence in her 1987–1993 role as the neurotic corporate executive Rebecca Howe on the long-running hit TV sitcom Cheers. While Cheers was the launching pad for the successful spin-off Frasier, Alley was the only regular actor from Cheers not to appear on Frasier (other than Nicholas Colasanto, who died before the second show began). She later starred in the movie Look Who's Talking (1989) with John Travolta, which earned more than $100 million at the box office. This film was followed by two sequels — 1990s Look Who's Talking Too and 1993's Look Who's Talking Now. In 1992, she played a TV news reporter in Prince's video for "My Name Is Prince." Her second NBC sitcom, the critically panned Veronica's Closet, ran for three seasons in the late 1990s. Alley reportedly received $2 million in up-front fees for her work on that series and $150,000 per episode.

Alley has been honored with 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 "for giving me the big one for the last eight years". Talk show hosts, as well as the creators of Cheers, poked fun at the quip for weeks afterward. Alley won her second Emmy for her portrayal of the title role in the made-for-TV movie drama David's Mother (1994). In 1997, Alley's career took a different turn when she appeared in Woody Allen's movie Deconstructing Harry. In this movie, Alley, who was then primarily known as a comedic actress, displayed a strong talent for being a serious dramatic actress by playing a psychiatrist who is married to Woody Allen's character. She is angered upon learning that he has had an affair with one of her patients.

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

In 2005, after her weight ballooned to over 200 lbs., she headlined a "mockumentary" style comedy series for Showtime called Fat Actress. Alley played herself in the show, which details the (fictitious) daily life of an overweight actress trying to make it in Hollywood. Alley has become an advocate against obesity and was/is a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program; TV ads document her weight loss, which has reached 75 lbs., according to Alley on a November 6, 2006, appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She appeared clad in a semi-bikini outfit, with a fabric midriff and several yards of translucent chiffon to hide her back-view. The next day on The View, Rosie O'Donnell pulled up a woman from their audience who was approximately the same body size as Kirstie; the woman admitted to weighing much more than Kirstie. It was announced in early February 2007 that Alley will play the lead in a new Fox network sitcom entitled The Minister of Divine, based upon the British show The Vicar of Dibley, which starred Dawn French and was first broadcast by the BBC in 1994. However, the show was not picked up for the Fall lineup.


Personal life

Alley was married to actor Parker Stevenson (Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr.) from December 22, 1983, until 1997. During their marriage, the couple adopted two children — William True (born September 28, 1992) and Lillie Price (born June 15, 1994). Alley also experienced a miscarriage as well as a stillbirth. According to media reports at the time of the couple's divorce, Stevenson walked away from the marriage with a $6,000,000 (USD) settlement, after asking for $75,000 per month in alimony from Alley. At the time of their split, Alley and Stevenson were joint owners of a mansion in Encino, California, complete with exotic animals, plus vacation homes in Islesboro, Maine, and in Kansas. She also has a ranch in the Applegate Valley of Jackson County, Oregon. The couple owned two yachts and several high-performance cars. Today, they share joint custody of their children.

“ I don't believe in walking on eggshells around children. I don't want them to have a static, middle-class life. I want them to experience a real life, not some pretentious existence ”

She is dedicated to supporting V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women.

Alley was raised Methodist but is now a member of the Church of Scientology, like her good friends John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Alley admits to having had a cocaine addiction from 1976 until 1979, when she joined Scientology. She has served as the national spokesperson for Narconon (a Scientology-affiliated drug treatment program).She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, had attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan level 7). In May 2000, she purchased the former home of fellow Scientologist Lisa Marie Presley, a 5,200-sq-ft. waterfront mansion in Clearwater, Florida, for $1.5 million. Clearwater is the spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

Alley gave $5,000,000 to the Church of Scientology in 2007. After fellow actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013, Alley publicly denounced Remini as "a repulsive bigot" and declared her former friend was now "my enemy".

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 later tweeted her excitement over his win, unofficially re-endorsing him.

Filmography

Year Title Role
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Lt. Saavik
1983 One More Chance Sheila
1984 Champions Barbara
Blind Date  
Runaway Jackie Rogers
1987 Summer School Ms. Robin Bishop
1988 Shoot to Kill Sarah Renell
1989 Look Who's Talking Mollie
Loverboy Dr. Joyce Palmer
1990 Madhouse Jessie Bannister
Look Who's Talking Too Mollie
Sibling Rivalry Marjorie Turner
1993 Look Who's Talking Now Mollie Ubriacco
1994 David's Mother Sally Goodson
1995 3 Chains o' Gold Vanessa Bartholomew
Village of the Damned Dr. Susan Verner
It Takes Two Diane Barrows
1997 Deconstructing Harry Joan
For Richer or Poorer Caroline Sexton
Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis
1999 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman
2002 Back by Midnight Gloria Beaumont
2009 Nailed TBA
2013 Syrup Herself
2015 Accidental Love Aunt Rita

Television work

Match Game (1979)
Password Plus (1980)
Masquerade (1983)
Sins of the Past (1984)
A Bunny's Tale (1985)
The Hitchhiker (1985) (Episode: "Out of the Night")
North and South (1985) (miniseries)
North and South II (1986) (miniseries)
Stark: Mirror Image (1986)
Prince of Bel Air (1986)
The Hitchhiker (1987) (Episode: "The Legendary Billy B.")
Infidelity (1987)
Cheers (cast member from 1987 - 1993)
The Earth Day Special (1990) (TV Special)
Flesh 'n' Blood (1991) (Episode: "Arlo and Starr")
Saturday Night Live (1991-1993)
My Name is Prince (1992) (Music Video)
Wings (1993) (Episode: "I Love Brian")
David's Mother (1994)
Peter and the Wolf (1996)
Radiant City (1996)
Suddenly (1996)
Ink (1997) (Episode: "Breaking the Rules")
The Last Don (1997) (miniseries)
Veronica's Closet (1997 - 2000) (also producer)
Toothless (1997) (TV movie)
The Last Don II (1998) (miniseries)
Blonde (2001) (miniseries)
Dharma & Greg (2001) (Episode: "The End of the Innocence: Part 1"; uncredited)
Salem Witch Trials (2002) (miniseries)
Profoundly Normal (2003) (also executive producer)
Family Sins (2004)
While I Was Gone (2004)
Without a Trace (2004) (Episode: "Risen")
Fat Actress (2005)
The King of Queens (2006) (Episode: "Apartment Complex")
Write & Wrong (2007)
The Minister Of Divine (2007)
The Marriage Ref (2010)
Kirstie Alley's Big Life (2010) (Reality Television)
Dancing with the Stars (2011-2012) (Season 12 & Season 15: All-Stars Reality Television)
The Manzanis (2012) (Pilot)
Baby Sellers (2013)
Hot in Cleveland (2013-2014)
Kirstie (2013-2014)
The Middle (2015) (Episode: "Pam Freakin' Staggs")
Time Crashers (2015) (British Reality Series)
Flaked (2016) (Episode: "Palms")
Scream Queens (2016-Present) (Main cast (season 2); 7 episodes)


 
 
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