Kirstie Alley

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Kirstie Alley
Alley at the 46th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1994
Kirstie Louise Alley

(1951-01-12) January 12, 1951 (age 71)
  • Actress
  • television personality
Years active1976–present
  • Bob Alley
    (m. 1970; div. 1977)
  • (m. 1983; div. 1997)

Kirstie Louise Alley[1] (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress. Her breakout role was as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers (1987–1993), receiving an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991 for the role. From 1997 to 2000, she starred in the sitcom Veronica's Closet, earning additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Alley appeared in various films, including Summer School (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), Look Who's Talking (1989) and its two sequels (1990–1993), Madhouse (1990), Sibling Rivalry (1990), Village of the Damned (1995), It Takes Two (1995), Deconstructing Harry (1997), For Richer or Poorer (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 Kirstie Alley's Big Life (2010), and was a contestant on the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars (2011–2012), finishing in second place. In 2013, Alley returned to acting with the title role on the sitcom Kirstie. In 2016, she appeared on the Fox comedy horror series Scream Queens. In 2018, she was a contestant on the 22nd series of the British reality show Celebrity Big Brother, in which she finished as runner-up.

Early life[edit]

Kirstie Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas,[1] to Robert Deal Alley, who owned a lumber company,[2] and Lillian Alley.[3] 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 game show Match Game in 1979. She won both rounds, winning $500 in the first round and $5500 in the second round.[4] She also appeared on the game show Password Plus in 1980. On both shows she described her profession as interior designer. In 1981, an automobile accident involving a drunk driver[3] killed her mother and left her father seriously injured.[2]


Alley made her film 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 saying 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.[5] 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.[6] 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 on the same theme, Look Who's Talking Too and Look Who's Talking Now![7]

Alley has won two Emmy Awards. After two nominations for her work on Cheers, in 1988 and 1990, she won for her third, in 1991. She earned her second for the 1994 television film David's Mother.[8] 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]

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.

In 2022, Alley competed in season seven of The Masked Singer as "Baby Mammoth" of Team Cuddly.

Personal life[edit]

Alley was married from 1970 to 1977 to high-school sweetheart Bob Alley, who coincidentally had the same name as her father.[13] Alley married actor Parker Stevenson on December 22, 1983.[14] Following a miscarriage, the couple adopted son William one week after his October 5, 1992 birth, and in 1995 adopted daughter Lillie.[14] The marriage ended in 1997.[13] In 2016, Alley became a grandmother after her son William had a son of his own.[15]

From 1991 to 2020, Alley had a 21-bedroom summer house in Islesboro, Maine, the Mitchell Cottage, formerly the Islesboro Inn.[16]

Body image[edit]

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).[17]

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).[18]

In March 2010, after gossip blogger Roger Friedman alleged a link between her Organic Liaison weight-loss system and the Church of Scientology, Alley wrote: "Please Google Mr. Roger Friedman. He is spreading lies about me and my new business. You will see his history & why Fox fired him. Going to have Mr. Attorney call Mr. Friedman's Attorney tomorrow . . . Mr. Friedman is treading on thin LIBELOUS ice with my company."[19]

In September 2011, Alley announced she had lost 100 pounds (45 kg) using weight loss products from Organic Liaison, a company which she had founded in 2010.[20] 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.[21][22]

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


Alley was raised as a Methodist, but became a member of the Church of Scientology in 1979. 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,[24] to end her dependency.[25] She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, had attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan Level 7).[26]

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.[27]


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.[28][29] On October 8, 2016, Alley retracted her endorsement of Trump, tweeting, "I hate this election and I'm officially no longer endorsing either candidate."[30]

In October 2020, she stated she had voted for Trump in 2016 and intended to vote for him again in 2020 because "he's NOT a politician".[31] She also endorsed John James in the 2020 United States Senate election in Michigan.[32]

On January 6, 2021, during the Capitol attack, Alley supported the protesters who had stormed the Capitol. She tweeted that "war sucks" although sometimes it was necessary, and asked people to go home because they were in danger.[33]


On November 10, 1995, Alley was given a 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 Herself 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"
1979 Match Game Herself Three Episodes
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"
1983–84 Masquerade Casey Collins Main cast
1984 Sins of the Past Patrice Cantwell Television film
1985 A Bunny's Tale Gloria Steinem Television film
1985–86 North and South Virgilia Hazard Miniseries; main cast
1985–87 The Hitchhiker Jane L. Angelica 2 episodes
1986 Prince of Bel Air Jamie Harrison Television film
Stark: Mirror Image Maggie Carter Television film
1987–93 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
1991–93 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
2003 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 (aka. And She Was) 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
2011–12 Dancing with the Stars Herself / contestant 34 episodes
2012 The Manzanis Angela Television film
2013 Baby Sellers Carla Huxley Television film
2013–14 Kirstie Maddie Banks Series regular; also executive producer
Hot in Cleveland Maddie Banks 2 episodes
2015 The Middle Pam Staggs Episode: "Pam Freakin' Staggs"
Time Crashers Herself Main cast (season 1)
2016 Flaked Jackie Episode: "Palms"
Scream Queens Ingrid Hoffel Main cast (season 2)
2018 Celebrity Big Brother 22 Housemate Runner-up
2019 The Goldbergs Janice Bartlett Episode: "Food in a Geoffy"[35]
2020 You Can't Take My Daughter Suzanne Television film
2022 The Masked Singer Baby Mammoth Eliminated in eighth episode

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Season 12 performances[edit]

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"

7 / 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"
Bottom Two
Samba / "Magalenha"
Freestyle / "Perfect"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You"
1Score by guest judge Donnie Burns.

Season 15 performances[edit]

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 Bottom Two
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[edit]

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.

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
1990 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Look Who's Talking Nominated
1991 TBA Nominated
1991 Favorite Television Actress Cheers Nominated
1996 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[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Transcript". Paula Zahn Now. CNN. April 15, 2005. Archived from the original on August 2, 2020.
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  4. ^ Game Show Network rebroadcast.[better source needed]
  5. ^ "Summer School (1987) – Box Office Mojo". Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Interview with Kirstie Alley, The Howard Stern Show, December 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Look Who's Talking (1989)". Box Office Mojo. March 6, 1990. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Kirstie Alley: [Emmy] Awards & Nominations". Television Academy. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Kirstie Alley". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. November 10, 1995. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "TV Land greenlights Kirstie Alley comedy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "TV Land cancels 'Kirstie'". Entertainment Weekly and Time Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
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  13. ^ a b "Kirstie Alley Fell in Love With Patrick Swayze, John Travolta While Married to Parker Stevenson". The Hollywood Reporter. November 6, 2012. Archived from the original on October 23, 2020. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Bjorklund, Dennis A. (2008). Television Cheers: A Comprehensive Reference. Praetorian Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 978-0967985237.
  15. ^ Rayne, Naja (June 21, 2016). "Kirstie Alley Is a Grandma! See the Adorable First Pic of Grandson Waylon Tripp". People. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Curtis, Abigail (April 24, 2020). "Kirstie Alley sells Islesboro home". Bangor Daily News. Maine. Archived from the original on June 22, 2020. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  17. ^ Meghan Holohan. "Kirstie Alley joins Jenny Craig to lose weight — again".
  18. ^ "Kirstie Alley: 'Yes, I Gained 83 Pounds'". People.
  19. ^ "Kirstie Alley blasts media 'bigotry'". The New York Post. March 19, 2010.
  20. ^ "Kirstie Alley's New Life 100 Lbs. Lighter!". People. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
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  22. ^ Daily Dish (June 20, 2013). "Kirstie Alley ordered to modify labels on diet products". Daily Dish.
  23. ^ "Kirstie Alley: 50-Lb. Weight Loss with Jenny Craig :".
  24. ^ "Narconon Exposed: Is Narconon safe?". Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. November 5, 2002.
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  26. ^ "Scientology and Me". Panorama. May 14, 2007. BBC One.
  27. ^ Associated Press. "Scientologists' big donations," ABC Action News, Scripps TV Station Group, January 30, 2008. Retrieved on January 31, 2008.
  28. ^ "Kirstie Alley announces that she will not be voting for the party 'that starts with the letters D E M'". August 26, 2015.
  29. ^ Trudo, Hanna (April 8, 2016). "Kirstie Alley endorses Donald Trump". Politico.
  30. ^ Heil, Emily (October 11, 2016). "Donald Trump has lost Kirstie Alley's vote, but hey, Scott Baio is still with him". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  31. ^ Haas, Susan. "Kirstie Alley responds to 'nasty people' criticizing her decision to vote again for Donald Trump". USA Today.
  32. ^ @kirstiealley (October 27, 2020). "VOTE FOR JOHN JAMES FROM MICHIGAN!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  33. ^ "Darkest day in American history': Celebs speak out on US chaos".
  34. ^ "Kirstie Alley | Hollywood Walk of Fame". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  35. ^ Dawn, Randee (September 17, 2019). "A mini-'Cheers' reunion is coming to TV! See the pics". Today. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  36. ^ en:Dancing_with_the_Stars_(U.S._season_12), oldid 855794475[circular reference]
  37. ^ en:Dancing_with_the_Stars_(U.S._season_15), oldid 855794212[circular reference]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Succeeded by