Kirstie Alley accomplished world-wide fame after portraying Sally Goodson in David's Mother (1993), anxious bar-owner Rebecca Howe in the long running comedy hit Cheers (1990) and Mollie in the blockbuster smash hit Look Who's Talking (1989). Those three films also won her three Emmy awards. She also won Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards for Best Actress for Look Who's Talking and Cheers. Additionally, Alley received recognition for portraying Veronica Chase in Veronica's Closet (1997), and was voted Best Actress at the People's Choice Awards (1997).
Off screen, Alley, who shared an apartment with Mimi Rogers when they were first starting out, reportedly has upset Officials with America's National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for trivializing binge-eating disorders during the debut of her new comedy show Fat Actress (2005). Moreover, Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell was waging a fat war with Kirstie Alley after claiming John Travolta's best friend is much heavier than the 210 pounds she claims to weigh. Rosie O'Donnell later apologized for the weight comments.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Robert (lumber-company owner) and Mickie (killed in a car accident in 1981), Gladys Leeman, who would later be famous as Kirstie Alley, was born on January 12, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas. Along with her older sister Collette (biology teacher) and younger brother Craig (lumber-company manager), she grew up in a Catholic home.
Attending high school at Southeast High School in Wichita, Kansas, Kirstie, who suffers from a fear of flying, became one of the cheerleaders at school. She then continued her studies at the Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science in Manhattan, Kansas. After college, Kirstie became an interior decorator. She also studied drama at the University of Kansas but dropped out in her sophomore year in order to pursue an acting career.
During her adolescence, Kirstie enjoyed parties and during her "wild period" used cocaine. After a family car accident, Kirstie decided to clean up her act, relocated to California, went through drug rehabilitation, and became a scientologist.
Kirstie married, and then later divorced (1996), actor and producer Parker Stevenson (born on June 4, 1952). She now lives with her two adopted children, son True Stevenson (born October 5, 1992) and daughter Lillie Price Stevenson (born in 1994).
Look Who's Talking
First appearing as a contestant on the game shows Password and Match Game in the 1970s, Kirstie began acting in the early 1980s. She was cast as Vulcan student Savic in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), after she completed her drug rehabilitation program in California. Kirstie soon gathered roles in One More Chance, (1983), Masquerade (1983, TV), Blind Date (1984), Champions (1984), Sins of the Past (1984,TV) and Runaway (1984).
In 1985, Alley played the role of Gloria Steinem in A Bunny's Tale (1985, TV) before eventually getting the lead role of Virgilia Hazard in the television miniseries North and South (1985). The actress next could be seen on the small screen in Prince of Bel Air (1986), North and South II (1986), Stark: Mirror Image (1986), Infidelity (1987) and the wide screen project Summer School (1987).
Alley's breakthrough moment came when she was chosen to replace Shelly Long in the popular television comedy series Cheers (1987-1993). During the six years she played character Rebecca Howe, Alley won an Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Not wishing to be typecast as a comedian, Alley showcased her dramatic talent in Shoot to Kill (1988), Lover Boy (1989) and starred in her first blockbuster hit Look Who's Talking (1989) with John Travolta. The role of Molly garnered her an Emmy, People's Choice, and Golden Globe Award
In the early 1990s, Alley appeared in Masquerade (1990, TV), Madhouse (1990), Sibling Rivalry (1990) reprised her role as Rebecca in Cheers: 200th Anniversary Special (1990), Look Who's Talking Too (1990), Cheers: Last Call (1993) and Look Who's Talking Now (1993). In 1994, Alley won her third Emmy for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in the made-for-TV movie drama David's Mother. The next year, she portrayed Dr. Susan Verner in Village of the Damned (1995) and Diane Barrows in It Takes Two (1995).
Green-eyed, brown-haired actress Alley was seen in Sticks and Stones (1996), Peter and the Wolf (1996) (TV), Radiant City (1996,TV), Suddenly (1996,TV), Nevada (1997), The Last Don (1997,TV), Toothless (1997,TV) and For Richer or Poorer (1997).
Alley also gained notice when she produced and starred in the television hit show Veronica's Closet (1997, as Veronica Chase). Though the series was cancelled, Alley was honored with a People's Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and her bright performance also brought her a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy nomination in the first season the series aired. Alley ended the decade by playing in The Mao Game (1999) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).
Entering the new millennium, the Emmy winning actress played the role of Elsie in Blonde (2001, TV), and appeared on the wide screen as Gloria Beaumont in Back by Midnight (2002). She then continued to act on the small screen with Salem Witch Trials (2002), Profoundly Normal (2003), Family Sins (2004) and While I Was Gone (2004). Currently, Alley portrays her self in her new comedy show Fat Actress (2005).