Kirstie Alley Biography
Kirstie Alley became known when she first appeared as a Vulcan officer, Lieutenant Saavik in the classic 1982 film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Since Kirstie Alley was careful not to let her audience typecast her as a science fiction actress and the producers was not able to meet her salary demands, Kirstie turned down the same role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
In 1984, Kirstie Alley accepted a role in the low-budget film Blind Date, where it received negative reviews. However, it has become a classic film because of Alleys only nude scene throughout her career. It was when Alley played a neurotic executive Rebecca Howe and joined the cast of the long-running hit comedy TV series Cheers that made her famous. After the cancellation of Cheers and the launching of the spin-off Frasier, Kirstie Alley was the only actor that did not appear on Frasier.
Even though it seemed that Kirstie Alley disappeared after Cheers, she immediately made a comeback and starred in a big 1989 film, Look Whos Talking, alongside John Travolta. The film grossed more than $100 million, which led to two sequels in 1990 (Look Whos Talking Too) and 1993 (Look Whos Talking Now).
During the later 1990s, NBC offered Kirstie Alley with $2 million up-front fees and $150,000 per episode for the sitcom, Veronicas Closet, which only ran for three seasons. She won two Emmy Awards one for her work on the series Cheers and another for her role in the 1994 made-for-TV drama Davids Mother. Alley was honored with her own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.
Kirstie Alley was married to actor Parker Stevenson from December 1983 to 1997. During their marriage, the couple adopted two children William True and Lillie Price. In 2005, Alleys weight increased to more than 200 pounds, giving way to her sitcom called Fat Actress and her path to becoming an advocate against obesity. Today, she is a spokesperson for Jenny Craigs weight-loss program.
Born and raised as a Methodist, Kirstie Alley is now a Scientologist along with her good friends Kelly Preston and John Travolta. She supports V-Day a global movement to stop violence against women.