Actress Kirstie Alley, star of the big and small screens known for her Emmy-winning role in “Cheers” and films like “Look Who’s Talking,” has died after a short battle with cancer, her children True and Lillie Parker announced. Social Media.
She was 71.
“We are saddened to announce that our incredible, tough and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer that was only recently discovered,” the statement read.
“She was surrounded by her immediate family and fought with great strength, leaving us with the certainty of her endless zest for life and what adventures lie ahead,” the family’s statement continued. “As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
“Our mother’s joy and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy in creating, was unparalleled and leaves us inspired to live life to the fullest, just as she did,” the statement said .
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Donovan Daughtry, a representative for Alley, also confirmed to CNN via email that the actress has died.
A two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951.
After a prominent role in 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” she played roles in films such as 1984’s “Blind Date” and 1987’s “Summer School” opposite Mark Harmon.
That same year, Alley would follow Shelley Long to star opposite Ted Danson in the final installment of the television classic sitcom “Cheers,” which premiered in 1982. Alley made her first acting appearance in 1987, playing the strong and independent bar manager Rebecca Howe, who stayed on the acclaimed show until it ended in 1993.
After winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991 for “Cheers” and another for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for 1994’s “David’s Mother,” she again found television success in the late 90s with the series “Veronica’s Closet”. “, earning her another Emmy nod.
In addition, Alley starred in a number of memorable films, such as the “Look Who’s Talking” films, 1990’s “Madhouse” and 1999’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous” with Ellen Barkin.
In 2005, Alley co-wrote and starred in the Showtime comedy “Fat Actress” before making a foray into reality television.
She appeared on “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” in 2010, was a contestant on season 12 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” the next year, and was runner-up on season 22 of the UK version of “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2018. In 2022, she competed on Season 7 of Fox’s “The Masked Singer.”
Although she had an impressive body of work, the later part of her career was marked by Alley’s penchant for creating controversy, especially through social media.
In a 2007 interview, Alley said she was proud of her no-holds-barred ways.
“I’ve always felt that if someone asks me something, they want the right answer,” Alley told Good Housekeeping. “I think there’s something about being from Kansas, too. Usually people think I’m from New York. The only similarity between New Yorkers and Midwesterners is that what you see is what you get.”
John Travolta, who starred with Alley in the 1989 hit “Look Who’s Talking” as well as two sequels, wrote on Instagram Monday: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
Jamie Lee Curtis – who worked with Alley in 2016 on episodes of TV’s “Scream Queens” – shared a statement on Facebook to pay tribute to the late actress, writing: “She was an amazing cartoon in @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree on some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”
Josh Gad tweeted: “My heart breaks for Kirstie and her family. Whether it was her brilliance in ‘Cheers;’ or her magnetic performance in the ‘Look Who’s Talking’ franchise, her smile was always infectious, her laugh was always infectious and her charisma was always iconic. REST IN PEACE.”
“Baywatch” actor Parker Stevenson, who was married to Alley from 1983 to 1997 and is the father of her two children, also paid tribute to her on social media. In an Instagram post, confirmed to be Stevenson’s by a rep for the actor, he wrote: “Kirstie, I am so grateful for our years together and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have. You will be missing.”