Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing a comedic timing second to none.
Alley is currently shooting “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” a docu-series for A&E which chronicles everything in her extraordinary life from her weight loss to her life as a single mother trying to raise two normal teenagers in the Hollywood spotlight.
Alley will soon be seen in the independent romantic comedy “Nailed,” directed by David O. Russell opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel.
In 2005, Alley co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in the Showtime Network series “Fat Actress.” Alley played a comedic interpretation of herself as a successful actress
struggling in Hollywood after putting on some extra weight. After Kirstie lost the weight, she unveiled her new body by appearing in a bikini on a highly anticipated episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (the highest rated “Oprah” show of 2006).
In 1999 Kirstie starred in the dark comedy film “Drop Dead Gorgeous” opposite Ellen Barkin, Amy Adams and Kirsten Dunst. The mockumentary follows the contestants in a beauty pageant in Minnesota and has become a cult classic.
From 1997 to 2000, Alley played the title character in the NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet,” as well as served as executive producer. This popular series garnered several award nominations, and in 1998 Alley won the People’s Choice Award for “Best New Comedy Series,” while Alley took home Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series. In addition, Alley’s comedic talent was recognized as she was nominated for a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Alley delivered a captivating performance in the 1997 television miniseries “The Last Don II.” For her efforts, Alley was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Special. The acclaimed series was adapted from a Mario Puzo novel and nominated in the Emmy category of Outstanding Miniseries. Alley reprised her role as “Rose Marie Clericuzio” the next year in the “The Last Don II.”
In 1997, Alley starred in Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry.” Alley played a psychiatrist who is married to Woody Allen’s character (”Harry”) who is angered upon learning that he has had an affair with one of her patients. Also in 1997, Alley co-starred with Tim Allen in the comedy “For Richer or Poorer.”
Alley made her executive producing debut in 1996 with the TV movie “Suddenly,” in which she also starred. 1996 was a busy year for Alley, as she also appeared in TV movies “Radiant City” and “Peter and the Wolf.”
In 1994, Alley showcased her dramatic range when she starred in the CBS TV movie “David’s Mother” as a single mother raising her autistic son. Alley’s work was recognized with a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in Miniseries or Special.
In 1989, Alley starred alongside John Travolta in the hit film “Look Who’s Talking,” which grossed $297 million worldwide. Alley played a single mother searching for a reliable and normal boyfriend. The success of “Look Who’s Talking” spurred two more movies in which Alley starred: “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “Look Who’s Talking Now.”
In 1987, Alley joined the cast of a long-running hit NBC sitcom “Cheers” as the neurotic Rebecca Howe. Alley received critical accolades and won both an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991. The same year, she earned a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Television Performer. In addition to those wins, Alley’s work on “Cheers” earned her Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1988, 1990, 1992, and 1993. Alley also earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy/Musical Series in 1990, 1992, and 1993.
While filming “Cheers,” Alley also appeared in “Madhouse,” “Sibling Rivalry” (both 1990) and “Loverboy” (with Patrick Dempsey) in 1989.
Alley made her movie debut in 1982 in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” in which she played the beautiful Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik. Shortly thereafter, Alley made her splash into television in the series “Masquerade.”
Some of Alley’s other film credits include “Shoot to Kill,” “Summer School,” “North and South,” “North and South, Book II,” and “The Hitchhiker.” Alley has also done numerous television
guest spots and hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice.
Kirstie served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004 and Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008.
In 1995, Alley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.