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ALLEY, KIRSTIE
(1951– ). American actress.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM CREDITS
Acted in: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicolas MEYER 1982); Masquerade (tv series) (1983-1984); Blind Date (Nico Mastorakis 1984); Runaway (Michael CRICHTON 1984); Sins of the Past (tv movie) (Peter H. Hunt 1984); "Out of the Night" (1985), "The Legendary Billy B" (1987), episodes of The Hitchhiker; Mickey's 60th Birthday (Joie Albrecht and Scott Garen 1988); Look Who's Talking (Amy Heckerling 1989); Look Who's Talking Too (Heckerling 1990); Look Who's Talking Now (Tom Ropelewski 1993); Village of the Damned (John CARPENTER 1995); Peter and the Wolf (animated tv movie; voice) (George Daugherty and Jean Flynn 1996); Salem Witch Trials (tv movie) (Joseph SARGENT 2002).
 
For most people, Kirstie Alley is only that actress from Cheers (1987-1993) who later gained and lost a lot of weight and made a public spectacle of herself in a brief series unflatteringly entitled Fat Actress (2005). Long before all of that, though, Alley was well positioned to become the only Star Trek performer introduced in the films to be welcomed in as a regular member of the original cast. For, portraying Mr. Spock's Vulcan protégé Lieutenant Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, she proved surprisingly engaging, and as a result she was invited to play the character again in the planned sequel Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and probably would have continued appearing in subsequent installments. However, displaying the sort of offscreen attitude that she would later bring to her role in Cheers, she presented this argument to the producers: hey, if I'm going to be in the film just as much as series stalwarts like William SHATNER, Leonard NIMOY, and DeForest KELLEY, shouldn't I get the same amount of money? In response, she was immediately dropped from the film, as producers concluded that it would just as well, and more economical, to cast somebody's girlfriend in the part. (The fact that said girlfriend—one Robin Curtis—proved to be vastly inferior to Alley, effectively killing off an intriguing character, was of little importance, since a very important principle had been established: no actor in a Star Trek film should ever ask for anything approaching Shatner's salary.)

Undiscouraged by this rebuff, Alley—who had moved to Hollywood from Kansas in 1975 and spent years working her way into the business—then provided solid performances in two films of genre interest, Blind Date and Runaway, before becoming a regular on Cheers, again showing that she could effortlessly join an established cast of characters and immediately have an impact. A year after she first appeared on the show, she and other Cheers regulars briefly entered the realm of fantasy by participating in the television special Mickey's 60th Birthday.  But she still saw herself primarily as a film actress and accordingly signed up to star in Look Who's Talking, a film about a baby magically dispensing cynical wisecracks with Bruce WILLIS's voice that was far better than it should have been, primarily due to the herculean efforts of Alley and co-star John TRAVOLTA to make their characters seem grounded and appealing.  Their rewards for their good work, if one can call them that, were lucrative assignments to reprise their roles in two inferior sequels that no herculean efforts could uplift.

After Cheers ended its run, it undoubtedly seemed like a good idea to appear in John CARPENTER's remake of Village of the Damned, but it wasn't: working with the likes of Christopher REEVE was nothing like working with Travolta, and the entire, wretched film seemingly damned all of its principals, as Reeve was paralyzed in a horseriding accident, Carpenter lost his status as a star player in Hollywood, and Alley drifted toward oblivion, and obesity, in a series of unheralded television movies, which remain her major avocation to this day. Still, Kirstie Alley has never been one to let a few setbacks get her down, and while a return to science fiction film appears unlikely at this point, there is still the possibility that some enlightened soul, pondering new strategies for keeping the Star Trek franchise alive, might resolve to let bygones be bygones and ask Alley back to portray an older Saavik, coming full circle to capably command a starship just as she did in the very first scene of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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