Kirstie Alley: From Wichita To The World

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Actress Kirstie Alley made Wichita proud when she starred in the television show, 'Cheers,' and movies like 'Look Who's Talking' and 'Tooth Fairy.' Now, she's doing us proud again as one of three finalists on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

We asked the entertainment reporter at our sister station in Los Angeles, if he would use some of the time after the show with the dancers to talk to Kirstie about Kansas. He did. And boy, did she.

After finding a place for her gum Alley said to her fans in Kansas watching the weekly competition, "You can take the girl out of Kansas, right? But, you really can't. And I love you all, and I thank you for voting for us."

The interview was done last week after Kirstie and her partner received their highest scores yet. We asked reporter George Pennachio to find out if Kirstie will be bringing the 'Dancing' trophy back to Wichita when she wins.

"When I win? When I win it? Will I bring it back to you, and you can keep it where you want," Alley asked. "Find a place. It can go there," she said.

Now when Kirstie is in town, you can often find her with her children at the Riverside Cafe. Boy, was she surprised when the Los Angeles reporter asked her if she'd bring the trophy there. "O, my gosh! The Riverside Cafe/!? That would be funny. There are other places that would be funny. The Historical Society would be funny. All these priceless things and then the mirror ball," Alley laughed.

Being funny is what made Kirstie Alley a star. Back here, while a teenager at Southeast High School, she was trendy. She danced on the cheer squad, and at the prom wearing a kicky hair style. And she had no problem remembering her date at the prom. "Bobby Rounds. Bobby Rounds. He was from a private school. You always took the guys from private schools. It was a sort of prestigious thing. There were boy's schools then, and you always wanted to take from the boy's school."

Her dance partner, Max, tells the reporter, 'Yeah..Kirstie's Kansas background is interesting.' Before Kirstie had to move on to the next reporter, she made sure we all knew one thing. "For me to leave Kansas was a huge undertaking. And the dream of Hollywood and becoming a star. I just want to say to everyone, especially young artists, that you can make your dream come true and do what you wanna do and make it happen. But you have to leave Kansas because they don't make many movies there," she added.

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