Frasier in Love
updated 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
From that quotidian encounter a serious romance has blossomed. "She's the best person I've ever known," says Grammer, who, when he met Alexander, was in the death throes of a tumultuous marriage to second wife Leigh-Anne Csuhany, 23, a former exotic dancer, whom he divorced last December. During the proceedings, Alexander offered moral support and has continued to inspire him—both body and soul. At her insistence, Grammer began working out (shedding 15 of his 210 pounds) and attending St. Monica's, a Catholic church in Santa Monica, with her. "I like to think that I'm a good influence, but he was ready to change," says Alexander. "Through therapy, he's learned that he's a good person who deserves to be loved."
In December, Grammer met Alexander's mother, Judy Butler, a computer operator, who was visiting Tammi's younger sister, Tonda Baliszewski, a real estate saleswoman, in Las Vegas. "He's the first guy I've ever gone out with that my family approves of," Alexander says. Last month the couple took a ski vacation in Squaw Valley, Calif. On the slopes, jokes neophyte downhiller Alexander, Grammer "was a good boyfriend—he didn't leave me."
And while there's no talk of wedding plans, Grammer appears eager to take the plunge yet a third time. "I wanted the next relationship to be right," he says, "and this is it."