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Who is Kirstie Louise Alley?

Who is Kirstie Louise Alley?  The entertainment and acting world knows her as Krstie Alley, she 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 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 January 12, 1951 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.

Career

Alley in Star Trek
Alley made her movie debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing the half-Vulcan/half-Romulan 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]
Alley on the show Cheers
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 one of whose executive producers she also served. She served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000–04 and for Jenny Craig from 2005–08.


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 24, 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.

Personal life

Alley's adopted children William Truce and Lillie Price
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.[8] 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, whom they adopted.[9]
In 2010, Alley put her Encino, CA, house on the market for $6.5 million.[10]
Alley is a well-documented animal lover, and owns 14 pets including a family of lemurs.[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 lbs using the program in September 2011.[12]

Scientology

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]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Lt. Saavik Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 One More Chance Sheila
1984 Champions Barbara
1984 Blind Date[17] Claire Simpson
1984 Runaway Jackie Rogers Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987 Summer School Ms. Robin Bishop
1988 Shoot To Kill Sarah Renell
1989 Look Who's Talking Mollie Jensen
1989 Loverboy Dr. Joyce Palmer
1990 Madhouse Jessie Bannister
1990 Look Who's Talking Too Mollie Ubriacco
1990 Sibling Rivalry Marjorie Turner
1993 Look Who's Talking Now! Mollie Ubriacco
1994 3 Chains o' Gold Vanessa Bartholomew
1995 Village Of The Damned Dr. Susan Verner
1995 It Takes Two Diane Barrows
1997 Deconstructing Harry Joan
1997 For Richer Or Poorer Caroline Sexton
1997 Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis, D.D.S., and the Tooth Fairy
1999 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman
2002 Back By Midnight Gloria Beaumont
2010 Nailed Aunt Rita
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Match Game Herself-Contestant
1983 Masquerade Casey Collins (2 episodes)
1984 Sins of the Past Patrice Cantwell
1985 A Bunny's Tale Gloria Steinem
1985 The Hitchhiker Angelica Episode "Out of the Night"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actress in a Dramatic Series
1985 North and South Virgilia Hazard (miniseries)
1986 North and South II Virgilia Hazard (miniseries)
1986 Stark: Mirror Image Maggie Carter
1987 The Hitchhiker Jane L. Episode "The Legendary Billy B."
1987 Infidelity Eliot 'Ellie' Denato
1987–1993 Cheers Rebecca Howe Emmy 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)
1994 David's Mother Sally Goodson Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1996 Peter And The Wolf Annie / Bird / Duck / Cat
1996 Radiant City Gloria Goodman
1997 The Last Don Rose Marie Clericuzio (miniseries)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1997 Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis (TV movie)
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Veronica 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
1998 The Last Don II Rose Marie Clericuzio (miniseries)
2001 Blonde Elsie (miniseries)
2002 Salem Witch Trials Ann Putnam (miniseries)
2003 Profoundly Normal Donna Lee Shelby Thornton (also executive producer)
2004 Family Sins Brenda Geck
2004 While I Was Gone Jo Beckett
2004 Without A Trace Noreen Raab Episode "Risen"
2005 Fat Actress Self (also joint creator and co-writer w/Brenda Hampton)
(7 episodes)
2006 The King Of Queens Self Episode "Apartment Complex"
2007 Write & Wrong Byrdie Langdon
2007 The Minister Of Divine Sydney Hudson
2010 The Marriage Ref Self (guest judge)
2010 Kirstie Alley's Big Life Self (documentee) Reality Television
2011 Dancing With The Stars Herself-Contestant Season 12 Reality Television

 





 

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