Kirstie Alley Biography

Kirstie Alley Biography
Kirstie Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress. Her parents are Robert Deal and Lillian Mickie, and her birthname is Kirstie Louise Deal. She has a brother, Craig, and a sister, Colette. She derived her stage name from her marriage to Bob Alley from 1974-1977.

Biography

Kirstie Alley appearing as a contestant on Match Game in 1979.Alley was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, attended Southeast High School where she was 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 and Password Plus in 1980. She gave her occupation as interior designer.

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. Alley also co-starred in a short-lived secret agent television series, Masquerade and the acclaimed miniseries North & South.

Kirstie Alley rose to prominence in her 1987-1993 role as the neurotic corporate executive Rebecca Howe on the long-running hit TV sitcom Cheers, replacing Shelley Long. She later starred in the movie Look Who's Talking (1989) with fellow Scientologist John Travolta, which earned more than $100 million at the box office. This film was followed by two sequels -- 1990's 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 NBC sitcom 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.

Kirstie Alley has been honored with two Emmy Awards during her career. After being nominated twice for her work on Cheers to no avail, on her third nomination in 1991, she took home the statuette for that series. In her speech, she thanked then-husband Parker Stevenson for giving her "the big one." 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 that Alley was primarily known as a comedic actress, and in this movie she displayed a strong talent for being a serious dramatic actress in playing an obsessive and jealous neurotic woman who was involved in an affair with Harry and was rebuffed.

In 2005, after her weight increased, she headlined a sitcom for Showtime called Fat Actress. The show details the daily life of an overweight actress trying to make it in Hollywood. Recently Alley stated that she has not had s--ual relations in four and a half years, due to the fact she didn't want to have "fat s--." Alley has become an advocate against obesity and is a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program; TV ads document her weight loss, which has reached 50 lbs., according to Alley on an early November 2005 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Kirstie Alley has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.

Kirstie Alley was married to Bob Alley from 1974-77 whom she met as a student at Kansas State University. She was married to actor Parker Stevenson (Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr.) from December 22, 1983, until 1997. During their marriage, the couple adopted two children--Wlliam True (born September 9, 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 healthy $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. The couple owned two yachts and several high-performance cars. Today, they share joint custody of their children.

Alley was raised Methodist but is now a Scientologist, like her good friends John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

She was also the only living Cheers cast member who never reprised her role on the 1993-2004 spin-off sitcom Frasier. The reason for this is the religion of Scientology believes psychiatry to be a barbaric and corrupt practice.

Kirstie Alley is dedicated to and a strong activist for VDay, a global movement to stop violence against women.

Alley admits to having had a cocaine addiction from 1976 until 1979, when she entered Narconon, a Scientology-sponsored drug treatment program. She has served as the national spokesperson for Narconon.

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 location of the headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

In 2006 Alley has expressed some disenchantment with Scientology, noting that it was of no help in her attempts to lose weight, and that ultimately she turned to Jenny Craig.




Film List
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • One More Chance (1983)
  • Blind Date (1984)
  • Champions (1984)
  • Runaway (1984)
  • Summer School (1987)
  • She's Having a Baby (1988) (Cameo)
  • Shoot to Kill (film) (1988)
  • Loverboy (film) (1989)
  • Look Who's Talking (1989)
  • Madhouse (1990)
  • Sibling Rivalry (film) (1990)
  • Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
  • Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
  • Village of the Damned (1995)
  • It Takes Two (1995)
  • Sticks and Stones (1996)
  • Orientation: A Scientology Information Film (1996) (short subject)
  • Nevada (1997) (also co-producer)
  • Deconstructing Harry (1997)
  • For Richer or Poorer (1997)
  • The Mao Game (1999)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
  • Back by Midnight (2002)

Television Work

  • Masquerade (1983)
  • Sins of the Past (1984)
  • A Bunny's Tale (1985)
  • North and South (1985) (miniseries)
  • Prince of Bel Air (1986)
  • North and South II (1986) (miniseries)
  • Stark: Mirror Image (1986)
  • Infidelity (1987)
  • Cheers (cast member from 1987-1993)
  • David's Mother (1994)
  • Peter and the Wolf (1996)
  • Radiant City (1996)
  • Suddenly (1996) (also executive producer)
  • The Last Don (1997) (miniseries)
  • Veronica's Closet (1997-2000) (also producer)
  • Toothless (1997)
  • The Last Don II (1998) (miniseries)
  • Blonde (2001) (miniseries)
  • Salem Witch Trials (2002) (miniseries)
  • Profoundly Normal (2003) (also executive producer)
  • Family Sins (2004)
  • While I Was Gone (2004)
  • Fat Actress (2005-present)


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