Kirstie Alley is a household name in the entertainment industry, having worked in the business for more than four decades. She entered the world on January 12, 1951, in Wichita, Kansas, and became a part of a big, loving family there. Both Alley’s parents worked; her dad had a trucking firm, while mom stayed at home. Her family of three siblings and herself were all active members of the church where they lived.
In college, Alley focused on both psychology and the performing arts at Kansas State University. She participated extensively in the theatre programme, acting in plays such as “The Boyfriend” and “The Crucible.” In order to pursue a career in acting, Alley relocated to New York City after finishing college. She gained her mark in the theatrical world after appearing in a production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” for her first professional acting role.
‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,’ a comedy, marked Alley’s big screen debut in 1982. She portrayed Saavik, a talented young Starfleet officer. Critics and moviegoers alike praised Alley’s performance, and the picture was a smash hit. She then became a leading lady in films such as “Blind Date,” “Summer School,” and “Look Who’s Talking.”
Alley’s breakout role as Rebecca Howe on “Cheers” came in 1987. She was the show’s star for nine years, and during that time it became a landmark in television comedy. For her role in the show, Alley was nominated for and won two Emmys and a Golden Globe. The spin-off series “Frasier” featured her in multiple guest appearances.
Alley’s career in television and film did not stop when “Cheers” did in 1993. She has been featured in various TV movies and miniseries, such as “David’s Mother” and “The Last Don.” A three-season run of her sitcom Veronica’s Closet on NBC began airing with her as the lead character in 1997. Alley’s weight loss journey and subsequent appearance on the reality show “Fat Actress” aired in 2004.
Alley’s subsequent years have not seen a cessation of her film and TV appearances. The series “The Middle” and “Mom” are only two of the many where she has appeared as a guest star. She has also starred in stage shows, such as “Chicago” and “The Graduate,” returning to her theatrical origins.
Alley has written bestselling novels in addition to her acting career. She is the author of the books “The Art of Men” and “The Fat Actress.” She is also active in the community as a benefactor, having supported causes such as the American Red Cross and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
In sum, Kirstie Alley is a phenomenal performer who has left an indelible mark on the film and television industries. She has been a household name in the entertainment industry for over four decades.
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