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Kirstie Alley (born Kirsten Louise Deal; 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, 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. 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. Cheersdid 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 "for giving me the big one for the last eight years".
Alley made her movie debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik. In 1989, Alley starred in Look Who's Talking which grossed over $295,000,000 worldwide.
For contributions to the motion picture industry, Kirstie Alley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard
It was announced in early February 2007 that Alley would play the lead in a new Fox network sitcom entitled The Minister of Divine, based upon the British show The Vicar of Dibley, which starred Dawn French and was first broadcast by the BBC in 1994. Fox, however, did not pick up its option on the series.
On March 21, 2010, Alley launched her own semi-scripted reality show, Kirstie Alley's Big Life. The show presents the story of her losing the weight she gained back since her Jenny Craig campaign. The series airs on A&E Network
In March 2010 Alley launched Organic Liaison, the first USDA certified organic weight loss product. Since starting the program on January she has lost 20 pounds. In September, she reported a weight loss of over 50 pounds, Tweeting a photo of herself as proof and noting, "30 more to go !"
In February of 2011, Alley was announced as one of the contestants of the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars. She is partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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