Kirstie Alley is a film and television actress who is probably best known for playing Rebecca Howe in the sitcom ‘Cheers.’ However, she has had roles in many films and television series and has won awards for her performances. Due to her career success, the actress is a wealthy woman, and it is estimated that Kirstie Alley’s net worth is $70 million. Here is how the actress accrued her wealth.
Her Early Life
Kirstie Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas, on January 12, 1951. She graduated from Wichita Southeast High school in 1969, then attended Kansas State University. However, she dropped out of university after sophomore year and moved to Los Angeles to work as an interior designer and to pursue Scientology. Alley first appeared on television in 1979, although it was not as an actress. She was a contestant on two episodes of the game show Match Game. A year later, she also appeared on the game show Password Plus.
Kirstie Alley’s Career
As a professional actress, Alley’s first role was in the 1982 film ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.’ Over the next few years, Wikipedia says that Alley had several minor roles in small films. Her first major role was in the 1987 comedy film ‘Summer School,’ when she starred alongside Mark Harmon. A year later, she got her big break when she landed the role of Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom ‘Cheers.’ She played this role until the series met its conclusion in 1993. For her performance in this sitcom, Alley won an Emmy Award in 1991.
Other than for her role in ‘Cheers’, Kirstie Alley is probably best known for starring alongside John Travolta in the 1989 film ‘Look Who’s Talking.’ The film was a critical and commercial success, and it grossed $295 million at the worldwide box office. She resumed her role for the sequels ‘Look Who’s Talking too’ and ‘Look Who’s Talking Now.’ Between 1997 and 2000, Kirstie Alley played the title role in ‘Veronica’s Closet,’ an NBC sitcom. She was also an executive producer of the series. During the late 90s, she was also a main cast member of ‘The Last Don’ and The Last Don II.’ Her films during this period included ‘Village of the Damned,’ ‘It Takes Two,’ ‘Nevada,’ ‘Deconstructing Harry,’ For Richer for Poorer,’ and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous.’
Since 2000, Kirstie Alley has appeared in multiple television films, and she was a series regular in the 2005 sitcom ‘Fat Actress,’ for which she was also an executive producer. Alley then starred in the sitcom ‘Kirstie’ in 2013, although the series was canceled after just one season. She also starred in ‘Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,’ for which she was also an executive producer. Alley was in the main cast of ‘Scream Queens’ in 2016. In addition to her major roles on television, Kirstie Alley has appeared in one-off episodes of multiple television series. Some of these include ‘Without a Trace,’ ‘The King of Queens,’ ‘The Hills,’ ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ ‘The Middle,’ and ‘Flaked.’ Alley’s films since 2000 include ‘Back by Midnight,’ ‘Syrup,’ and ‘Accidental Love.’ Most recently, Kirstie Alley played Suzanne in the 2020 television film ‘You Can’t Take My Daughter.’
Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother
Along with her acting work, Kirstie Alley has also taken part in competitions and reality television. She has been a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ twice. She first appeared in the dancing competition in 2011, and she was partnered with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Alley and Chmerkovskiy finished in second place in the competition, which was won by NFL Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. Alley returned for the 15th season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and was once again partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Unfortunately, they were less successful on this occasion and finished in only seventh place. Kirstie Alley was also a contestant on season 22 of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in the UK, which was also known as ‘Celebrity Big Brother: Eye of the Storm.’ She was the runner-up in the series, which was won by British actor Ryan Thomas.
Kirstie Alley has been a spokesperson for several companies. From 2000 to 2004, she was the spokesperson for the Texas-based online retailer Pier One. She was also a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, a weight management company, from 2005 to 2008. In 2010, Kirstie Alley founded Organic Liaison, a company that sold weight loss products. She started this company following a personal battle with weight issues. However, the company was plagued with problems. Alley ended up in a battle with an online gossip columnist who alleged a link between her company and the Church of Scientology. She then faced a class-action lawsuit for false advertising in 2012. The company was acquired by Jenny Craig’s parent company in 2015, and Alley became an ambassador for Jenny Craig.
Kirstie Alley’s Net Worth
It is estimated that Kirstie Alley now has a net worth of approximately $70 million. She predominantly made her money through her acting career. However, she also made money from business ventures. Her wealth has allowed her to live in some amazing properties. Between 1991 and 2020, Kirstie Alley owned Mitchell Cottage, the former Islesboro Inn, in Maine. She used the 21-bedroom property as a summer house. Some of her other properties include a $1.5 million waterfront mansion in Clearwater and an island home worth $2.4 million, says Gossip Gist. Her wealth also allowed her to donate $5 million to the Church of Scientology in 2007.
Her Personal Life
Kirstie Alley was married to her high-school sweetheart, Bob Alley, from 1970 to 1977. She then married actor Parker Stevenson in 1983. After the couple suffered a miscarriage, they adopted a son, William, and a daughter, Lillie. Alley and Parker divorced in 19997. Kirstie Alley is now a grandmother as her son William has a son.