Kirstie Alley isn't one for being shy, but recently revealed something she's been keeping quiet: an affair with Patrick Swayze.
In an interview with Barbara Walters that aired on ABC Wednesday morning, Alley spoke about her new memoir, The Art of Men, which details her past relationships. In the book she says she fell in love with the late Swayze while filming the 1985 movie North and South. Alley, 61, said Swayze wanted her to divorce her than husband Parker Stevenson.
When Kirstie Alley stepped into the lead female spot on the hit sitcom Cheers, her fearless, bawdy, neurotic energy thwarted all predictions that she'd never fill Shelley Long's shoes. She even earned an Emmy. Since then, Alley has continued to catch the world off guard by segueing into feature films, both arty and mainstream (Deconstructing Harry, the Look Who's Talking movies), headlining popular post-Cheers series Veronica's Closet and making a name for herself as one of the most unapologetic of Scientology's brethren. Then, when her weight ballooned at age 53, she used her indomitable spirit to turn her bathroom-scale struggles into a new branch of her career: She's been a Jenny Craig spokesperson; invented her own weight-loss program, Organic Liaison; starred in a semiautobiographical Showtime sitcom, Fat Actress; and to show what it's like to be an overweight celebrity single mom of two teenagers — William True and Lillie Price — she welcomed a reality-TV crew into her hectic home for A&E's Kirstie Alley's Big Life.