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Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley played Rebecca Howe on the TV series Cheers and has struggled with weight problems in the public eye. She's also competed on the dance-competition show Dancing with the Stars.
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Kirstie Alley won her first Emmy for playing Rebecca Howe on "Cheers" and has been in the public eye ever since.
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Alley also shared her personal experiences in her 2005 book, How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life. Her publicized struggles with weight loss lead to Alley's affiliation with Jenny Craig weight loss centers. Appearing on Oprah Winfrey's talk show,
she showed off her new figure by donning a bikini. Alley served as a Jenny Craig spokesperson until December 2007.
Alley signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions in March 2008 to develop television projects. During that year, however, she made more headlines for her changing shape than her professional efforts. Alley regained the weight she lost while on the Jenny Craig program. She told People magazine in May 2009 that she "fell off the horse" and would have to "work harder than last time" to slim down. She then hired a trainer to help her meet this goal, and developed the Organic Liaison weight loss system.
In March 2010, Alley starred in an A&E real-life television series, Kirstie Alley's Big Life. The series chronicled her journey with her weight loss program to her life as a single mother trying to raise two teenagers in the Hollywood.
In 2011, Alley competed on the 12th season of ABC's reality TV dance-competition, Dancing with the Stars. With partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she place second on the show, losing to Hines Ward and Ward's partner, Kym Johnson. In 2012, Alley was invited back to Dancing with the Stars for the show's 15th season: Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.
In September 2009, Alley made headlines again, this time for her comments about director Roman Polanski. Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on an outstanding warrant stemming from a 1977 rape case of a young teenage girl in California, and Alley expressed her opinions about the situation through her Twitter account. She also objected to other Hollywood stars banding together to ask for the director's release.
Alley was married to actor Parker Stevenson from 1983 to 1997. They have two adopted children, William True and Lillie Price.
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