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Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe

Kirstie Alley plays Broadway star Madison "Maddie" Banks in TV Land's original sitcom "Kirstie."

Kirstie has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing a comedic timing second to none. Her work in television has earned her six Golden Globe ® and eight Emmy ® Award nominations. She has won a Golden Globe, two Emmys and two People's Choice Awards.

In 2005, Kirstie co-wrote and starred in Showtime's critically acclaimed comedy "Fat Actress." She also played the title character in the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet" and served as executive producer for the series. In 1994, Kirstie showcased her dramatic range starring in the CBS TV movie "David's Mother," for which she won her second Emmy. In 1987, Kirstie joined the cast of the long-running hit NBC sitcom " Cheers ." as the neurotic Rebecca Howe. She received critical accolades and won both an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical in 1991 for her work in that role.

Kirstie made her feature film debut in 1982 in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," in which she played the beautiful Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik. In 1999, Kirstie starred in the dark comedy film "Drop Dead Gorgeous," the cult-classic mockumentary that follows contestants in a beauty pageant in Minnesota. Kirstie starred in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" in 1997, and then then starred alongside longtime friend John Travolta in the hit film "Look Who's Talking." The successful film spawned two more movies in which Kirstie starred: "Look Who's Talking Too" and "Look Who's Talking Now." Some of Kirstie's other film credits include "Shoot to Kill," "Summer School," "For Richer or Poorer," and "Champions."

In 1995, Kirstie was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Character Bio

Rebecca Howe has two primary goals in life: to work her way to the top of the corporate ladder and to land a rich husband while she's on her way up. Her approach in all things (work, life, men) is that everything and everyone is a project to be managed. Yet Rebecca seems perpetually stuck in the two steps up, three steps back job track. And as for that wealthy catch, it's not quite working out, either. None of this is for a lack of trying. She gives her all to the job and uses her womanly charms as best she can, but there's she's somewhat of a self-saboteur. Perhaps she doesn't quite believe what's she's selling, which is herself as a capable, confident, and pulled-together corporate woman. Maybe it's because Rebecca still sees herself as the chubby teen she used to be, trying her best to fit in but feeling like the outsider.

Carla and Sam don't help matters, either. Sam doesn't like the changes he finds when he returns to Cheers after traveling the world, nor does he like the idea of taking orders from a sexy yet high-strung woman. Carla has nothing but contempt for Rebecca and her ambitiousness. Together they do all they can to undermine her. Sam turns on the charm and flirts with her; Carla hurls insults. When the Lillian Corporation sells the bar back to Sam, he demotes Rebecca to waitress, which makes Carla giddy with power. Whoever said turnaround is fair play clearly never played with Carla.

One could call Rebecca's propensity to chase after wealthy men an obsession that is borderline masochistic. She falls hopelessly in love with Evan Drake, her boss at the Lillian Corporation. He finds her adorable in a puppy dog kind of way, but he thinks a relationship wouldn't be a prudent merger. Her next romantic project is Robin Colcord, a rich investment banker who proposes only after losing everything and going to jail. She has a fling with Frasier and even briefly hooks up with Sam, but it's humble plumber Don Santry whom she marries. Even that doesn't work out -- Don strikes it rich and dumps her. Years later, when Sam meets Frasier in Seattle, he tells Frasier that Rebecca is back. When he asks if that means she's back working at the bar, Sam replies, 'No, she's just 'back at the bar.''