When Kirstie Alley started Dancing With The Stars, the overweight 60-year-old didn’t seem like much of a contender, but turned out as 2nd place winner of the show. The feisty actress and positive self-image advocate didn’t let people’s doubts or her less-than-athletic frame stop her from whipping out some cartwheels, backbends, and being thrown into some death-defying lifts.
As well as showing off her limber moves, Alley’s appearance on Dancing With The Stars has helped her lose tons of weight. She serves as an inspiration to us in our “get fit, get healthy” aspirations.
Looking back on her Top 10 Movie & Television Moments, the slimmed-down actress has often chosen spitfire roles that fit her spunky, “get it done” attitude on Dancing With The Stars.
1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan–Lt.Saavik
At 31-years-old, Kirstie Alley got a late start on her acting career when she played Lt. Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but in this scene with William Shatner, Alley looks incredibly youthful subtly flirting with Shatner in a lift.
1985: A Bunny’s Tale–Gloria Steinem
Kirstie Alley playing Playboy bunny/amazing feminist Gloria Steinem sounds like the best made-for-tv movie idea we have ever heard.
1987-1993: Cheers–Rebecca Howe
Probably her most infamous acting role, Alley plays the beautiful but business-minded bar manager Rebecca Howe.
1989: Look Who’s Talking–Mollie Jensen
The mother of a talking baby voiced by Bruce Willis? Sounds creepy, but for children and adults alike, Look Who’s Talking was one of the most beloved movies of the late ’80s/early ’90s.
1990: Sibling Rivalry–Marjorie Turner
Kirstie Alley’s acting skill is definitely best demonstrated in her comedic roles like her role as sexually-frustrated wife Marjorie Turner who cheats on her husband to deadly, but hilarious consequences.
1990: Madhouse–Jessie Bannister
In this 1990 comedy, Kirstie Alley plays the gracious hostess turned appalled homeowner when some cousins show up unwarranted and “overstay” their welcome.
1994: David’s Mother–Sally Goodson
For David’s Mother, Alley played the mother of a teenage autistic boy. For her role, Alley won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie against other brilliant actresses like Bette Midler and Helen Mirren.
1997: The Last Don–Rose Marie Clericuzio
Based on a novel written by Mario Cuzo, the author of The Godfather, The Last Don is a mafia movie set in Las Vegas. Alley demonstrated her continued success as a dramatic actress by garnering a nomination for Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie.
1997-2000: Veronica’s Closet–Veronica Chase
A tempestuous lingerie businesswoman with a failing marriage, Alley’s role as Veronica Chase might have only lasted three years on television, but gave us the opportunity to see the dynamic acting duo of Alley and Kathy Najimy.
1999: Drop Dead Gorgeous–Gladys Leeman
Probably one of her most hilarious movie roles, Alley’s portrayal as the Midwestern pageant mistress/mother, Gladys Leeman, was a perfect way to showcase her impeccable comedic timing.
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