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      Kirstie Alley

      Kirstie Alley

      Highest Rated: 100% Deadly Pursuit (1988)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jan 12, 1951

      Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, USA

      Kirstie Louise Alley was born January 12, 1951, in Wichita, KS. She lived a typical Middle American childhood. Her father Robert owned a lumber company, and her mother Lillian was a homemaker to her and her two siblings. After finding her niche as cheerleader while in high school, she tried college, but decided what she really wanted to do was act. She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, working as an interior decorator, while at the same time, going out on auditions. Her social life was another story. Alley ran with a fast Hollywood crowd and found salvation in the Church of Scientology, the religion based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, a former science fiction author. Wanting to get noticed and hoping to raise extra cash, she auditioned for game shows. She appeared on "Match Game" (CBS, 1973-1982) in 1979 and "Password Plus" (NBC, 1979-1982) in 1980, impressing producers and the audience with her quick wit and dark girl-next-door good looks. She got her first big break, playing Lieutenant Saavik in the feature film, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." The movie did well - to the point that Trekkies would consider it the best of the "Star Trek" films - and Kirstie Alley could now legitimately call herself a Hollywood actress. Following her promising breakout role as Saavik, Alley worked steadily in projects through the mid-1980s. She starred in the acclaimed Civil War-era TV miniseries "North and South" (ABC, 1985), and later was cast as the new bar owner and love interest in "Cheers," following the departure of the beloved Shelley Long and her character, Diane Chambers. At the time Alley joined the show, "Cheers" was one of the best and most popular sitcoms in television history. The show centered around Sam Malone (Ted Danson), an alcoholic ex-Red Sox pitcher, and the eccentric patrons and staff at Cheers, the bar owned and run by Sam. The rocky romantic chemistry generated between Sam and one of his waitresses, Diane Chambers, drove the show to primetime supremacy and Long to leave for a career in movies. Replacing Long was, well, a long shot, but the show did not miss a beat when Alley assumed the role of Rebecca Howe, the bar's new owner and Sam's eventual love interest, until it went off the air in 1993. She won an Emmy as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 1991 and won the Golden Globe as well that same year. The motto at Cheers was "Everybody knows your name" and now everybody knew who Kirstie Alley was. She used her TV success as a launching pad into features, starring in the comedy "Look Who's Talking" (1989) with friend and fellow Scientologist John Travolta. The movie grossed over $100 million, ensuring two sequels - "Look Who's Talking Too" (1990) and "Look Who's Talking Now" (1993). Alley won another Emmy for her role as the mother of an autistic boy in the made-for-TV movie, "David's Mother" (CBS, 1994). She played a social worker in "It Takes Two" (1995), the movie debut of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olson, then moved on to more prestigious fare, earning excellent reviews as a psychiatrist married to Woody Allen's writer character in the film "Deconstructing Harry" (1997). After a few unmemorable TV movies, she hooked up with the powerhouse producing team of Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the creators of the TV sitcom smash "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). The show they created for Alley was "Veronica's Closet" (NBC, 1997-2000), in which the star played Veronica Chase, the divorced owner of a lingerie company called (surprise!) Veronica's Closet. "Veronica's Closet" stayed open for business for three seasons. She did a beauty pageant movie, "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999), then spent more time on the cover of the tabloids than on TV or movie screens because of weight gain. The ever- savvy Alley worked it to her advantage. She published her memoirs, How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life (2005), in which she chronicled how her depression over her miscarriages and infertility led to binge eating. She played herself in "Fat Actress," which, while not a hit, won her new fans for its self-deprecating tone. And then landed a spokeswoman gig for Jenny Craig. During the 2007-08 season, she made guest appearances on the comedy series "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010), and turned up as a celebrity judge on the Jerry Seinfeld-produced matrimonial reality/game show "The Marriage Ref" (NBC, 2010-11). In a move that was sure to endear her to even more fans, as well as burn many a calorie, in February 2011 Alley joined the celebrity cast as a contestant on the 12th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Kirstie Alley died on December 5, 2022 at the age of 71.

      Highest rated movies

      Deadly Pursuit
      Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
      Deconstructing Harry
      Summer School Look Who's Talking
      Loverboy
      Runaway
      Drop Dead Gorgeous

      Photos

      SHOOT TO KILL, Clancy Brown, Kirstie Alley, 1988, (c) Touchstone SUMMER SCHOOL, Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, 1987, (c)Paramount SUMMER SCHOOL, Mark Harmon, Robin Thomas, Kirstie Alley, 1987, (c)Paramount IT TAKES TWO, Kirstie Alley, 1995. (c)Warner Bros.. VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, Kirstie Alley, 1995. (c)MCA/ Courtesy: Everett Eollection. Good Morning America, Robin Roberts (L), Kirstie Alley (R), 'Season', ©ABC SIBLING RIVALRY, Kirstie Alley, 1990, (c) Columbia MADHOUSE, Kirstie Alley, 1990 IT TAKES TWO, Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg, 1995. (c)Warner Bros.. SIBLING RIVALRY, Kirstie Alley, Jami Gertz, 1990, (c) Columbia FOR RICHER OR POORER, Kirstie Alley, Tim Allen, 1997. (c) Universal Pictures. Good Morning America, Kirstie Alley, 'Season', ©ABC MADHOUSE, background: John Larroquette, Kirstie Alley, 1990. ©Orion Pictures Corp STAR TREK II : WRATH OF KHAN, George Takei, James Doohan, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Kirstie Alley, 1982 SIBLING RIVALRY, Sam Elliott, Kirstie Alley, 1990, (c)Columbia Pictures LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, 1993. SIBLING RIVALRY, Kirstie Alley, Scott Bakula, 1990. ©Columbia Pictures The Middle, Kirstie Alley (L), Patricia Heaton (R), 'Pam Freakin' Staggs', Season 6, Ep. #10, 01/07/2015, ©ABC SIBLING RIVALRY, Kirstie Alley, Jamie Gertz, 1990. (c) Columbia Pictures. DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Sam McMurray, 1999. (c) New Line Cinema.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 50% You Can't Take My Daughter Suzanne (Character) - 2020
      8% 15% Accidental Love Aunt Rita (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 25% Baby Sellers Carla Huxley (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 33% Write & Wrong Byrdie Langdon (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet While I Was Gone Jo Beckett (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 64% Family Sins Brenda Geck (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 100% Profoundly Normal Donna Lee Shelby Thornton (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2003
      No Score Yet 46% Salem Witch Trials Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 45% Back by Midnight Gloria Beaumont (Character) - 2002
      47% 75% Drop Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman (Character) $10.6M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mao Game Diane Highland (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 22% Nevada McGill (Character) - 1997
      13% 46% For Richer or Poorer Caroline Sexton (Character) $31.6M 1997
      No Score Yet 51% Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis (Character) - 1997
      73% 82% Deconstructing Harry Joan (Character) $10.7M 1997
      No Score Yet 81% The Last Don Rose Marie Clericuzio (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 75% Peter and the Wolf Annie / Bird / Duck / Cat (Voice) - 1996
      No Score Yet 82% Sticks and Stones Joey's Mom (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Radiant City Gloria Goodman (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly Marty Doyle (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1996
      30% 27% Village of the Damned Dr. Susan Verner (Character) $8.6M 1995
      8% 60% It Takes Two Diane Barrows (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 62% David's Mother Sally Goodson (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet David Sally Goodson (Character) - 1994
      0% 29% Look Who's Talking Now Mollie Ubriacco (Character) $9.4M 1993
      13% 32% Look Who's Talking Too Mollie (Character) $44.2M 1990
      25% 32% Sibling Rivalry Marjorie Turner (Character) $16.8M 1990
      0% 44% Madhouse Jessie Bannister (Character) $20.3M 1990
      55% 47% Look Who's Talking Mollie (Character) $137.0M 1989
      50% 56% Loverboy Dr. Joyce Palmer (Character) $3.9M 1989
      100% 64% Deadly Pursuit Sarah Rennell (Character) $29.3M 1988
      57% 58% Summer School Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop (Character) $33.3M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Infidelity Ellie Denato (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 33% Prince of Bel Air Jamie Harrison (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stark: Mirror Image Maggie Carter (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 56% A Bunny's Tale Gloria Steinem (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 43% Blind Date Claire Simpson (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 72% Champions Barbara (Character) - 1984
      48% 32% Runaway Jackie (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of the Past Patrice Cantwell (Character) - 1984
      87% 90% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Lieutenant Saavik (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One More Chance Sheila (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials Ann Putnam (Character) - 0000

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 75% The Goldbergs Susie Goodman (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Big Brother Self 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013 2015-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2010 2014-2015 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2013 2017
      77% 76% Scream Queens Nurse Hoffel (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013 2015
      No Score Yet 88% The Middle Pam Staggs (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 89% Hot in Cleveland Maddie Banks (Guest Star) 2013-2014
      35% 40% Kirstie Madison "Maddie" Banks (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2011-2012
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kirstie Alley's Big Life Executive Producer,
      Self
      2010
      33% No Score Yet The Marriage Ref Guest 2010
      No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fat Actress Unknown (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Veronica's Closet Veronica "Ronnie" Chase (Character) 1997-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Don Unknown (Character) 1997
      44% No Score Yet Ink Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      87% 94% Cheers Rebecca Howe (Character) 1987-1993
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1991 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1985 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South, Book II Virgilia Hazard (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet 71% North and South Virgilia Hazard (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masquerade Casey Collins (Character) 1983-1984