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.
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.
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.
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.
|1982||Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan||Lt. Saavik|
|1983||One More Chance||Sheila|
|1987||Summer School||Ms. Robin Bishop|
|1988||Shoot to Kill||Sarah Renell|
|1989||Look Who's Talking||Mollie|
|Loverboy||Dr. Joyce Palmer|
|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||Village of the Damned||Dr. Susan Verner|
|It Takes Two||Diane Barrows|
|For Richer or Poorer||Caroline Sexton|
|Toothless||Dr. Katherine Lewis|
|1999||Drop Dead Gorgeous||Gladys Leeman|
|2002||Back by Midnight||Gloria Beaumont|
Kirstie Alley's Aquathon Raises $28,000 Via World's First 24hr Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & Live Ustream Telethon for Clean Water in Africa.
Aug 15, 2009; Actress/Comedian and Activist Kirstie Alley and philanthropic organizer Steve Woods made Internet history and generated $28,000...