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Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Louise Alley

(1951-01-12) January 12, 1951 (age 68)
Alma materKansas State University
OccupationActress, spokesmodel
Years active1978–present
Known forCheers • Veronica's Closet
Bob Alley
(m. 1970; div. 1977)

Parker Stevenson
(m. 1983; div. 1997)

Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and spokesmodel. She first achieved recognition in 1982, playing Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Alley played Rebecca Howe on the NBC sitcom Cheers (1987–1993), receiving an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991 for the role. From 1997–2000, she starred on the sitcom Veronica's Closet, earning additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Alley received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

Alley has appeared in several movies, including Summer School (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), Look Who's Talking (1989) and its two sequels (1990–93), Madhouse, Sibling Rivalry (both 1990), Village of the Damned, It Takes Two (both 1995), Deconstructing Harry, For Richer or Poorer (both 1997), and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999). She won her second Emmy Award in 1994 for the television film David's Mother.

In 1997, Alley received a further Emmy nomination for her work in the crime drama series The Last Don. In 2005, she played a fictionalized version of herself on Showtime's Fat Actress. She later appeared on the reality show Kirstie Alley's Big Life (2010), and was a contestant on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars (2011–12), finishing in second place. In 2013, she returned to acting with the title role on the sitcom Kirstie, and in 2016 joined the second season of the Fox comedy horror series Scream Queens. In 2018, Alley finished as runner-up on season 22 of the British reality series Celebrity Big Brother.

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] She has two siblings, Colette and Craig. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School, graduating in 1969.[2] She attended college at Kansas State University, dropping out after her sophomore year.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2]


Before becoming an actress, Alley was an interior designer as she announced during her appearances as a contestant on the game shows Match Game in 1979 and Password Plus in 1980. 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, later claiming 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.[4] 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.[5] In 1989, Alley starred with John Travolta in Look Who's Talking, the film grossed over $295 million 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![6]

Alley has won two Emmy Awards[7] during her career. Her first two nominations for her work on Cheers did not win her the award, but her third, in 1991, did. 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".[8] 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.[9]

From 1997 to 2000, Alley played the title character in the NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet, as well as serving as executive producer 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,[10] and ran for one season before it was canceled, five months after ending its freshman run.[11]

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[12] 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.[13] They divorced seven years later as their career paths diverged.[14] 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.[15] In 2016, Alley became a grandmother after her son William had a son of his own.[16]

She has a house in Islesboro, Maine.[17]

Body Image issues

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 had been a compulsive eater her entire life without gaining weight, and only noticed a change in her body after she went through early menopause in 1992.[18]

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).[19]

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).[20]

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.[21] 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.[22][23]

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.[22] In January 2015, Alley claimed that, since starting the Jenny Craig weight-loss program again, she had lost 50 pounds (23 kg).[24]


Alley was raised as a Methodist, but became a member of the Church of Scientology in 1979.[25] 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,[26] to end her dependency.[27] She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, has attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan Level 7).[28]

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.[29]


In August 2015 Alley tweeted that she would not be supporting Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee during the 2016 presidential elections, and on April 8, 2016, she tweeted her support for Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani.[30][31] On October 8, 2016, Alley retracted her endorsement of Trump, tweeting, "I hate this election and I'm officially no longer endorsing either candidate."[32]

She has publicly voiced her opposition to spanking and other forms of corporal punishment on many occasions, most notably on the Howard Stern Show[33] in 2013, when Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers also voiced their own opposition to spanking children.


On November 10, 1995, Alley received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Saavik
1983 One More Chance Sheila
1984 Champions Barbara
Blind Date Claire Simpson
Runaway Jackie Rogers
1987 Summer School Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop
1988 She's Having a Baby Kirstie Alley Uncredited
Shoot to Kill Sarah Rennell
1989 Loverboy Dr. Joyce Palmer
Look Who's Talking Mollie
1990 Madhouse Jessie Bannister
Sibling Rivalry Marjorie Turner
Look Who's Talking Too Mollie
1993 Look Who's Talking Now
1995 Village of the Damned Dr. Susan Verner
It Takes Two Diane Barrows
1996 Sticks & Stones Joey's Mom
1997 Nevada McGill Also co-producer
Deconstructing Harry Joan
For Richer or Poorer Caroline Sexton
1999 The Mao Game Diane Highland
Drop Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman
2004 Back by Midnight Gloria Beaumont
2013 Syrup Kirstie Alley
2015 Accidental Love Aunt Rita


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Quark Handmaiden (uncredited) Episode: "The Old and the Beautiful"
1983 Highway Honeys Draggin' Lady Television film
1983 The Love Boat Marion Stevens Episode: "The World's Greatest Kisser/Don't Take My Wife, Please/The Reluctant Father"
1983–1984 Masquerade Casey Collins Main cast
1984 Sins of the Past Patrice Cantwell Television film
1985 A Bunny's Tale Gloria Steinem Television film
1985–1986 North and South Virgilia Hazard Miniseries; main cast
1985–1987 The Hitchhiker Jane L. Angelica 2 episodes
1986 Prince of Bel Air Jamie Harrison Television film
Stark: Mirror Image Maggie Carter Television film
1987–1993 Cheers Rebecca Howe Series regular
1987 Infidelity Ellie Denato Television film
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Rebecca Howe Television film
1990 Masquerade Casey Collins Television film
1991–1993 Saturday Night Live Herself / host 2 episodes
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Starr Baxter Episode: "Arlo and Starr"
1993 Wings Rebecca Howe Episode: "I Love Brian"
1994 David's Mother Sally Goodson Television film
1995 Peter and the Wolf Annie/Bird/Duck (voice) Television film
1996 Radiant City Gloria Goodman Television film
Suddenly Marty Doyle Television film; also writer
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Veronica Chase Series regular; also producer
1997 Ink Dahlia Episode: "Breaking the Rules"
Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis Television film
The Last Don Rose Marie Clericuzio Miniseries; main cast
1998 The Last Don II Miniseries; main cast
2001 Blonde Elsie Miniseries; main cast
Dharma & Greg Dr. Tish (uncredited) Episode: "The End of the Innocence: Part 1"
2002 Glory Days Mike's Agent Unaired pilot
Salem Witch Trials Ann Putnam Television film
2003 Profoundly Normal Donna Lee Shelby Thornton Television film; also executive producer
2004 Without a Trace Noreen Raab Episode: "Risen"
Family Sins Brenda Geck Television film
While I Was Gone Jo Beckett Television film
2005 Fat Actress Kirstie Alley Series regular; also writer / executive producer
2006 The King of Queens Kirstie Alley Episode: "Apartment Complex"
2007 Write & Wrong Byrdie Langdon Television film; also executive producer
The Minister of Divine Sydney Hudson Television film
2008 The Hills Herself Episode: "Girls Night Out"
2010 Kirstie Alley's Big Life Herself Series regular; also executive producer
2011–2012 Dancing with the Stars Herself / contestant 34 episodes
2012 The Manzanis Angela Television film
2013 Baby Sellers Carla Huxley Television film
2013–2014 Kirstie Maddie Banks Series regular; also executive producer
Hot in Cleveland Maddie Banks 2 episodes
2015 The Middle Pam Staggs Episode: "Pam Freakin' Staggs"
2016 Flaked Jackie Episode: "Palms"
Scream Queens Ingrid Hoffel Main cast (season 2)
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Herself / contestant Season 22
2019 The Goldbergs Janice Bartlett Episode: “Food in a Geoffy”[35]
2020 You Can't Take My Daughter Suzanne Television film,post-production

Dancing with the Stars

Season 12 performances

Week # Dance / Song Judge's scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Rumba / "Over the Rainbow" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Waltz / "The Flower Duet" 7 7 7 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "American Woman" 8 7 8 Safe
6 Samba / "Baby One More Time" 8 9 9 Safe
7 Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "We R Who We R"

Jive / "La Bamba"

71 / 7
9 / 7
8 Argentine Tango / "Cite Tango"

Salsa / "Cobrastyle"

Viennese Waltz / "One and Only"
Paso Doble / "White Room"
Winner Take All Cha-Cha-Cha / "Walkin' on the Sun"
Last to Be Called Safe
Samba / "Magalenha"
Freestyle / "Perfect"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You"
1Score by guest judge Donnie Burns.

Season 15 performances

Week# Dance / Song Judge's scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Set Fire to the Rain" 6.5 6 6.5 Safe
2 Jive / "Non Non Rien N'a Change" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Moves like Jagger" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Charleston / "Forty-Second Street" 7.5 7.5 7.5 Bottom two
5 Night 1 Quickstep / "Mrs. Robinson"
Night 2 Freestyle / "Gangnam Style"
No Elimination
6 Rumba / "Home"
Group Country-Western Freestyle / "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" & "I Play Chicken with a Train"
7 Fusion Quickstep & Samba / "Sir Duke"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
No Elimination
8 Viennese Waltz / "Hallelujah"
Paso Doble / "Bring Me to Life" (trio dance with Tristan MacManus)

Dancing with the Stars references [36][37]

Awards and nominations

Alley's work has been honored by multiple associations throughout her career. For her role in the sitcom Cheers, she earned four Golden Globe Award nominations winning one for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1991, and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations winning one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991.[38]

Year Association Category Title Result
1989 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Cheers Nominated
1990 Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Cheers Nominated
1990 Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture Look Who's Talking Nominated
1991 Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Cheers Nominated
1998 Funniest Female Performer in a Television Series Veronica's Closet Nominated
1993 American Television Awards Best Actress in a Situation Comedy Cheers Nominated
1990 Bravo Otto Awards Best Actress Look Who's Talking Nominated
1991 Best Actress Look Who's Talking Too Nominated
1987 CableACE Awards Actress in a Dramatic Series The Hitchhiker Nominated
1988 Actress in a Dramatic Series The Hitchhiker Nominated
1990 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Cheers Nominated
1991 Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Cheers Won
1992 Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Cheers Nominated
1993 Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Cheers Nominated
1995 Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television David's Mother Nominated
1998 Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Veronica's Closet Nominated
1996 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress It Takes Two Nominated
1998 Favorite Television Actress Veronica's Closet Nominated
1988 People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Television Performer Cheers Nominated
1990 Favorite Female Television Performer Cheers Nominated
1991 Favorite Female Television Performer Cheers Won
1992 Favorite Female Television Performer Cheers Nominated
1993 Favorite Female Television Performer Cheers Nominated
1998 Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Veronica's Closet Won
1988 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers Nominated
1990 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers Nominated
1991 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers Won
1992 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers Nominated
1993 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cheers Nominated
1994 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special David's Mother Won
1997 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special The Last Don Nominated
1998 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Veronica's Closet Nominated
1997 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Suddenly Nominated
1983 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Nominated
1985 Best Supporting Actress Runaway Nominated
1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Veronica's Closet Nominated
1997 The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Tim Allen) For Richer or Poorer Nominated
1999 Worst Supporting Actress Drop Dead Gorgeous Nominated
1990 Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers Nominated
1991 Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers Nominated
1992 Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cheers Nominated

See also


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  20. ^ "Kirstie Alley: 'Yes, I Gained 83 Pounds'".
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  25. ^ "'I thought she was my friend... f*** her': Staunch Scientologist Kirstie Alley posts cryptic tweet as Leah Remini makes dramatic exit from Church". Daily Mail. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
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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
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