Kirstie Alley: A Look Back at Her Career
Kirstie Alley, born in Kansas in 1951, started her career as an interior designer before moving to Los Angeles in the late 70s to pursue her dream of acting. She landed a few small roles in TV shows and movies, but it wasn’t until 1982 that she got her big break: the role of Lieutenant Saavik in the movie “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
After her success in “Star Trek,” Alley was cast as Rebecca Howe in the TV series “Cheers” in 1987. Her character, a smart, ambitious businesswoman, was a departure from the lovable but ditzy character of Shelley Long’s Diane Chambers.
Alley won an Emmy for her role on “Cheers” and became a household name. She stayed with the show until its final season in 1993, and her chemistry with co-star Ted Danson was palpable on screen.
In 1997, Alley starred in the TV series “Veronica’s Closet,” playing a lingerie mogul named Veronica Chase. The show ran for three seasons and earned Alley another Emmy nomination, but it never quite reached the same level of success as “Cheers.”
Later Career and Personal Life
After “Veronica’s Closet” ended, Alley continued to act in movies and TV shows, including a stint on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011. She also became an outspoken advocate for Scientology, which she had joined in the late 70s.
Throughout her career, Alley was known for her humor and quick wit. She was married twice and has two children.
In conclusion, Kirstie Alley was a talented actress whose work on “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet” cemented her status as a beloved TV star. She will be missed by fans of her wit and charm, but her legacy will live on for years to come.