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Also Known As: Kirstie Louise Alley Died:
Born: January 12, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas, USA Profession: actor, interior decorator

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Baby Sellers (2013)
2.
 Write & Wrong (2007)
3.
 While I Was Gone (2004) Jo Beckett
4.
 Family Sins (2004) Brenda Geck
5.
 Profoundly Normal (2003) Donna Thornton
6.
 Mao Game, The (1999)
7.
 Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) Gladys Leeman
8.
 Toothless (1997) Dr Katherine Lewis/ The Tooth Fairy
9.
 For Richer or Poorer (1997) Caroline Sexton
10.
 Deconstructing Harry (1997) Joan
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Milestones close milestones

:
Worked as freelance interior decorator before getting first film job
1982:
Made her film debut in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"
1983:
Had a recurring role on the short-lived spy series "Masquerade" (ABC)
1984:
Appeared in the science fiction action film "Runaway," starring Tom Selleck
1985:
Portrayed journalist Gloria Steinem in the TV movie "A Bunny's Tale" (ABC)
1985:
Co-starred in ABC historical miniseries "North and South"
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 Comedy series (1990, 1992 and 1993)
1989:
Appeared opposite Patrick Dempsey in "Loverboy"
1989:
Co-starred with John Travolta in the comedy "Look Who's Talking," written and directed by Amy Heckerling
1990:
Re-teamed with John Travolta and Amy Heckerling for "Look Who's Talking Too"
1993:
Returned for a third time for "Look Who's Talking Now"
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
1995:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in November
1996:
Made producing debut with the TV-movie "Suddenly" (ABC); also starred
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)
1999:
Played the mother of a beauty pageant contestant (Denise Richards) in the dark comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2005:
Published memoir <i>How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life</i>
2005:
Battled with public perceptions in "Fat Actress," a semi-autobiographical comedy for Showtime; also served as co-creator and executive producer
2010:
Featured in "Kirstie Alley's Big Life," a semi-scripted reality series on A&E
2011:
Joined the 12th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"; placed second in the competition
2012:
Returned for 15th season of "Dancing with the Stars," featuring all-stars lineup
2012:
Published second memoir <i>The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente)</i>
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Education

Wichita Southeast High School: Wichita , Kansas - 1969
Kansas State University: Manhattan , Kansas -

Notes

"Kirstie has a humanity that melts you. I think it's because she works from her gut. Plus, she can ad-lib within the character, which is difficult to do correctly. Actors ad-lib all the time, but it's usually incongruous to the character and story."---Carl Reiner quoted in the press kit for "Sibling Rivarly"

Alley served as national spokesperson for Narconon and is involved with "Cry Out", an ecological booklet for grade school children

Formed the Alley Foundation which publishes a pamphlet promoting ecological awareness among schoolchildren.

"I don't want to be the demigoddess to fat people. I just noticed that I was fat and now that I've noticed, that's it."---Kirstie Alley quoted to People, December 6, 2004.

"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.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Parker Stevenson. Actor, director. Born on June 4, 1952; met in 1981; married on December 22, 1983; announced plans to divorce in November 1996; Stevenson filed for divorce on March 26, 1997; granted divorce in California in December 1997.
companion:
James Wilder. Actor. Announced engagement in October 1997; separated in spring 2000.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Alley. Lumber company owner. Seriously injured in 1981 when drunk driver collided with their car.
mother:
Mickie Alley. Killed in 1981 when a drunk driver collided with their car.
sister:
Collette Alley. Biology teacher. Older.
brother:
Craig Alley. Lumber company manager. Younger.
son:
William True Stevenson. Born on September 28, 1992; adopted.
daughter:
Lillie Price Stevenson. Born on June 15, 1994; adopted.
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