Kirstie Alley

Actor, Interior decorator
The downward drift in Kirstie Alley's career - some cynics would say, her physiognomy - was never more evident than when she starred in the cable TV series, "Fat Actress" (Showtime, 2005). The one-time sexy starlet, who ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1951 in Wichita, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (93)

The Middle 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kirstie 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Sellers 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 1987 - 1993, 1997 - 2000, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1987 - 1993, 1997 - 2001, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1987 - 1993, 1997 - 2001, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1987 - 1993, 1997 - 2001, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

20/20 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars: The Encore 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars: The Story So Far 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ugly Betty 1987 - 1993, 1997 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fat Actress 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Salem Witch Trials 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Blonde 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cheers 1987 - 1993, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Kathy Najimy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 (Movie)

Gladys Leeman (Actor)

Inside Scientology 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mario Puzo's The Last Don II 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mao Game 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

For Richer Or Poorer 1997 (Movie)

Caroline Sexton (Actor)

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nevada 1997 (Movie)

McGill (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Radiant City 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sticks and Stones 1996 (Movie)

Joey's Mom (Actor)

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

It Takes Two 1995 (Movie)

Diane Barrows (Actor)

Village of the Damned 1995 (Movie)

Dr Susan Verner (Actor)

Christmas in Washington 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Look Who's Talking Now 1993 (Movie)

Mollie Ubriacco (Actor)

Seven Deadly Sins: An MTV News Special Report 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (01/29/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cutting Edge With Maria Shriver 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

Mollie (Actor)

Madhouse 1990 (Movie)

Jessie (Actor)

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Marjorie Turner (Actor)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

Mollie (Actor)

Loverboy 1989 (Movie)

Joyce Palmer (Actor)

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Shoot to Kill 1988 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Infidelity 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer School 1987 (Movie)

Robin Bishop (Actor)

Prince of Bel-Air 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Masquerade 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

Jackie Rogers (Actor)

Blind Date 1983 (Movie)

Claire Simpson (Actor)

Champions 1983 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Highway Honeys 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Saavik (Actor)

A Bunny's Tale (TV Show)

Actor

David's Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Family Sins (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

Actor

Peter and the Wolf (TV Show)

Actor

Profoundly Normal (TV Show)

Actor

Sins of the Past (TV Show)

Actor

Stark: Mirror Image (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Toothless (TV Show)

Actor

While I Was Gone (TV Show)

Actor

Write & Wrong (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Nevada 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

The downward drift in Kirstie Alley's career - some cynics would say, her physiognomy - was never more evident than when she starred in the cable TV series, "Fat Actress" (Showtime, 2005). The one-time sexy starlet, who had skyrocketed to fame by first playing Lt. Saavik in the classic film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), followed by successfully replacing Shelley Long as the neurotic but sympathetic barkeeper Rebecca Howe on the long-running hit TV sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), was now reduced to playing herself: an overweight, aging actress trying to revive her Hollywood career. It was a bold move on Alley's part to put her all-too-obvious weaknesses on TV for the world to see. The problem was, nobody wanted to see it. "Fat Actress" was panned by critics and cancelled after just one season. To her credit Alley - a convert to the controversial religion of Scientology - did what she always did when faced with adversity - including drug addiction and divorce - she shrugged it off and prospered, signing a lucrative deal to be a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program. It was this reliability to the common woman - to say nothing of her incredible self-deprecating humor - which solidified her appeal to fans and a press which now forgave her anything.

Relationships

Robert Alley

Husband
Began dating in high school Married 1971 Divorced 1977

Craig Alley

Brother

Collette Alley

Sister

Robert Alley

Father
Seriously injured in 1981 when drunk driver collided with the car carrying himself and his wife, who was killed

Lillian Alley

Mother
Died 1981 when a drunk driver collided with the car carrying her and her husband, who was seriously injured

Lillie Price Stevenson Actor

Daughter
Born June 15, 1994; adopted with husband Parker Stevenson

Parker Stevenson Actor

Husband
Met 1981 Married Dec. 22, 1983 Separated November 1996 Filed for divorce March 26, 1997 Divorce finalized December 1997

William True Stevenson Actor

Son
Born Sept. 28, 1992; adopted with husband Parker Stevenson

Patrick Swayze Actor

Companion
Met on the set of ABC miniseries "North and South" (1985) Alley revealed in 2012 memoir The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) that they fell hard for each other

John Travolta Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Look Who's Talking" (1989) Alley wrote in 2012 memoir The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) that Travolta was "probably...the greatest love of my life"

James Wilder Actor

Companion
Engaged from 1997-2000 No longer together

EDUCATION

Kansas State University

Manhattan , Kansas
Dropped out in 1977 after her sophomore year

Wichita Southeast High School

Wichita , Kansas 1969
Was a cheerleader

Milestones

2012

Published second memoir The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente)

2012

Returned for 15th season of "Dancing with the Stars," featuring all-stars lineup

2011

Joined the 12th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"; placed second in the competition

2010

Featured in "Kirstie Alley's Big Life," a semi-scripted reality series on A&E

2005

Battled with public perceptions in "Fat Actress," a semi-autobiographical comedy for Showtime; also served as co-creator and executive producer

2005

Published memoir How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life

1999

Played the mother of a beauty pageant contestant (Denise Richards) in the dark comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous"

1997

Cast in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"

1997

Starred on the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet"; also served as producer; nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1998)

1996

Made producing debut with the TV-movie "Suddenly" (ABC); also starred

1995

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in November

1994

Starred in the Lifetime movie "David's Mother," about a single mother raising her autistic son; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Movie

1993

Returned for a third time for "Look Who's Talking Now"

1990

Re-teamed with John Travolta and Amy Heckerling for "Look Who's Talking Too"

1989

Co-starred with John Travolta in the comedy "Look Who's Talking," written and directed by Amy Heckerling

1989

Appeared opposite Patrick Dempsey in "Loverboy"

1987

Cast opposite Mark Harmon in the comedy "Summer School"

1987

Joined the cast of "Cheers" (NBC) as Sam Malone's (Ted Danson) boss, Rebecca Howe; earned several Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1988, 1990, 1992 and 1993); also earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Come

1985

Portrayed journalist Gloria Steinem in the TV movie "A Bunny's Tale" (ABC)

1985

Co-starred in ABC historical miniseries "North and South"

1984

Appeared in the science fiction action film "Runaway," starring Tom Selleck

1983

Had a recurring role on the short-lived spy series "Masquerade" (ABC)

1982

Made her film debut in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

Worked as freelance interior decorator before getting first film job

Bonus Trivia

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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, to end her dependency.

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"The second I made the decision to create this show, I was liberated. The game the tabloids wanted me in was the game of hiding, and then they find me and they would get the worst shot of me they could possibly get. It was like I was being hunted. I thought, 'End of game.'" – Alley on creating "Fat Actress," to CNN.com, March 7, 2005

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