Kirstie Alley

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Kirstie Alley
Alley at the 46th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1994
Kirstie Louise Alley

(1951-01-12)January 12, 1951
DiedDecember 5, 2022(2022-12-05) (aged 71)
  • Actress
  • television personality
Years active1976–2022

Kirstie Louise Alley (January 12, 1951 – December 5, 2022) was an American actress. She was famous for her role in the TV show Cheers, where she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993. She won an Emmy as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 1991.[2] A year later, she won a Golden Globe for her acting in Cheers as well. She also won an Emmy in 1994 for her role in the TV drama show David's Mother.

Other roles that have been well-liked by the public and the critics that Alley is known for include: playing Diane Barrows in It Takes Two and a single mother in Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, and Look Who's Talking Now (all co-starring John Travolta). Alley has won two People's Choice Awards in the years 1991 and 1998.

Alley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

From 1971 until 1977 Kirstie was married to Robert Alley. They began dating in high school and were distant cousins.[4]

From 1983 until 1997 she was married to Parker Stevenson. They had two children, son William True Stevenson (born September 28, 1992) and daughter Lillie Price Stevenson (born June 15, 1994). William and Lillie were adopted.[5]

Alley was raised Methodist but was more recently a member of the Church of Scientology. In 2007, Alley gave $5 million to the Church of Scientology.[6]

Death[change | change source]

After a battle with cancer, Alley died on December 5, 2022 at age 71.[7]

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Lt. Saavik Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 One More Chance Sheila
1984 Champions Barbara
1984 Blind Date[8] Claire Simpson
1984 Runaway Jackie Rogers Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987 Summer School Ms. Robin Bishop
1988 Shoot To Kill Sarah Renell
1989 Look Who's Talking Mollie Jensen
1989 Loverboy Dr. Joyce Palmer
1990 Madhouse Jessie Bannister
1990 Look Who's Talking Too Mollie Ubriacco
1990 Sibling Rivalry Marjorie Turner
1993 Look Who's Talking Now! Mollie Ubriacco
1994 3 Chains o' Gold Vanessa Bartholomew
1995 Village Of The Damned Dr. Susan Verner
1995 It Takes Two Diane Barrows
1997 Deconstructing Harry Joan
1997 For Richer Or Poorer Caroline Sexton
1999 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gladys Leeman
2002 Back By Midnight Gloria Beaumont
2010 Nailed Aunt Rita
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Match Game Herself-Contestant
1983 Masquerade Casey Collins (2 episodes)
1984 Sins of the Past Patrice Cantwell
1985 A Bunny's Tale Gloria Steinem
1985 The Hitchhiker Angelica Episode "Out of the Night"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actress in a Dramatic Series
1985 North and South Virgilia Hazard (miniseries)
1986 North and South II Virgilia Hazard (miniseries)
1986 Stark: Mirror Image Maggie Carter
1986 Prince of Bel Air Jamie Harrison
1987 The Hitchhiker Jane L. Episode "The Legendary Billy B."
1987 Infidelity Eliot 'Ellie' Denato
1987–1993 Cheers Rebecca Howe Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1991)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1991)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1988, 1990, 1992, 1993)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1990, 1992, 1993)
1994 David's Mother Sally Goodson Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1996 Peter And The Wolf Annie / Bird / Duck / Cat
1996 Radiant City Gloria Goodman
1997 The Last Don Rose Marie Clericuzio (miniseries)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1997 Toothless Dr. Katherine Lewis (TV movie)
1997–2000 Veronica's Closet Veronica Chase (also producer)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (1997)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1998)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
1998 The Last Don II Rose Marie Clericuzio (miniseries)
2001 Blonde Elsie (miniseries)
2002 Salem Witch Trials Ann Putnam (miniseries)
2003 Profoundly Normal Donna Lee Shelby Thornton (also executive producer)
2004 Family Sins Brenda Geck
2004 While I Was Gone Jo Beckett
2004 Without A Trace Noreen Raab Episode "Risen"
2005 Fat Actress Self (also joint creator and co-writer w/Brenda Hampton)
(7 episodes)
2006 The King Of Queens Self Episode "Apartment Complex"
2007 Write & Wrong Byrdie Langdon
2007 The Minister Of Divine Sydney Hudson
2010 The Marriage Ref Self (guest judge)
2010 Kirstie Alley's Big Life Self (documentee) Reality Television
2011-2012 Dancing With The Stars Herself-Contestant Season 12 & Season 15: All-Stars Reality Television

References[change | change source]

  1. "Actress Kirstie Alley dies in Tampa at 71 following battle with cancer". WINK. December 5, 2022. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
  2. Kirstie Alley Emmy Award Winner
  3. "Hollywood Walk of Fame database". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  4. "Star Magazine Uncovers Dancing With The Stars Celebs' Secret Pasts". KRTH. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  5. "'Gal-imony': Celeb Women Who Pay in the Divorce". ABC News. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  6. Associated Press. "Scientologists' big donations", ABC Action News, Scripps TV Station Group, January 30, 2008. Retrieved on January 31, 2008.
  7. "Kirstie Alley Dead: Star of Cheers and Drop Dead Gorgeous Dies at 71". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  8. The end credits of this film promoted a sequel, to have been titled Run, Stumble, Fall, which was not known to have been produced or released as of the middle of May of 2012.

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