Kirstie Alley Loves Her Lemurs, to the Tune of $40,000 a Year

Former Jenny Craig spokesperson and reality TV star has nine lemurs at her home and employs two full-time zookeepers to take care of them. Total cost: $40,000 a year. “I have three new sets of baby lemur twins. I think it’s a little bit rare, but we have three females and each one had a set of twins. I don’t recommend them as pets for people because they’re very expensive. I have two full-time zookeepers that take care of just them. It costs about $40,000 to keep the lemurs,” said Alley, who has also written them into her will.

Alley’s current reality TV show, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” chronicles her attempts to lose weight and raise her two teenagers, True and Lillie, to be normal in the Hollywood spotlight. The show’s airing coincides with the launch of Alley’s new weight loss company. Called Organic Liaison, it’s the first USDA certified organic weight loss product. Since starting the programme herself, she has lost 20lbs. “This show has been cathartic for me…shown me who I really am…again,” says Alley, “And it’s really freaking funny.”

Alley’s early career included a role as a Romulan-Vulcan officer in the movie “Star Trek II: the Wrath of Kahn” followed by her Emmy-winning role as Rebecca Howe in “Cheers.” She also starred in the movies “Look Who’s Talking” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, while her more recent TV career included “Veronica’s Closet” and “Fat Actress.”