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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Kirstie on Living Large in Hollywood

Kirstie Alley is striking back. Tabloids have been making a big thing out of her weight, but the once-svelte star is featured in next week's issue of People magazine, and Editor Jess Cagle told us that Kirstie's determined to get the truth out.

Cagle told us he was barely through Kirstie's front door when she told him, "I don't weigh 307 pounds. I weigh 203. It's not thin, but it's not 300 pounds."

Cagle said that Alley admitted that she's over-indulged, even downing 14 grape sodas in a single day. But she takes exception to the stories and photos that tried to turn her life into a tragedy.

"The fact is, Kirstie Alley as a fat person sells issues," Cagle told us. "It's a strange thing, but the tabloids love to show pictures of her looking fat."

And forget about claims that Alley ate her way out of a career, the plus-sized actress is going for big-belly laughs this fall in her own reality sitcom, "Fat Actress," a Showtime series that will mirror her life as a calorie-challenged, celebrity-tabloid target.

"She has a really raucous and bawdy sense of humor, and since the show is on cable I think she'll make the most of that," Cagle predicted.

But Alley hasn't given up on shedding some pounds. In fact, "Extra" has learned she recently spent three weeks at a spa and weight-control facility. "She is extremely happy with her life right now," Cagle told us. "She says, 'I'm not happy with the way I look, but I've never been happier with myself.'"

Find out more about "Fat Actress" and the fabulous Kirstie Alley when People hits stands on Friday. Plus, for more details, including photos of the star, tune in to Wednesday's edition of "Extra."

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