Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) 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 Look Who's Talking film series as Mollie Ubriacco.
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. She has two siblings, Colette and Craig. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School and became a cheerleader, graduating in 1969. She attended college at Kansas State University in 1969. In 1981, a car accident caused by a drunk driver killed her mother and left her father seriously injured. Her father eventually recovered. 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.
Alley made her movie debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing a Vulcan and Starfleet officer, Lieutenant Saavik. In 1989, Alley starred in Look Who's Talking alongside John Travolta which grossed over $295,000,000 worldwide.
Alley has won two Emmy Awards 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".
For contributions to the motion picture industry, Kirstie Alley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.
Alley played the title character in the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet," as well as served as executive producer.
Alley served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004 and Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008.
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 the second-highest score, 23 out of 30. On May 24, 2011, Alley and Chmerkovskiy performed their final dance, a cha-cha-cha earning them a perfect score of 30 out of 30. Alley finished the competition in second place, behind Hines Ward.
Kirstie is the oldest competitor that made it to the finals
On the finale, Kirstie received second place despite being on the bottom of the leaderboard.
In Week 7, The Guest Judge gave a 7, then a 9.
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. Alley was married to her second husband, Parker Stevenson (Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr.) on December 22, 1983. They divorced in 1997. The latter couple now share two children, William True and Lillie Price, whom they adopted. Alley also had brief relationships with Tim Matheson of Animal House and James Wilder of Melrose Place.
In 2010 Kirstie Alley put her Encino, CA, house on the market for $6.5 million.
Alley is a well documented animal lover, and is the pet parent to 14 pets including a family of lemurs. Alley estimates that she spends roughly $40,000 annually on upkeep and care for her pets.
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 of 2011
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, to end her dependency. She has continued her Scientology training and, as of 2007, had attained the level of OT VII (Operating Thetan level 7).
In May 2000, she purchased, for $1.5 million, the former home of fellow Scientologist Lisa Marie Presley, a waterfront mansion in Clearwater, Florida, the spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology. In 2007, Alley gave $5 million to the Church of Scientology.