Kirstie Alley Passes Away: Kirstie Alley, who received an Emmy nomination for her work on “Cheers” and appeared in movies including “Look Who’s Talking,” passed away on Monday. She was 71.
Alley’s children, True and Lillie Parker, wrote on Twitter that she passed away from cancer that had only recently been identified. The death was verified by Donovan Daughtry, manager of Alley, in an email to The Associated Press.
According to a statement from her daughters, “as iconic as she was on television, she was an even more great mother and grandmother.”
From 1987 through 1993, she played Rebecca Howe alongside Ted Danson in the popular NBC sitcom “Cheers,” which was set in a Boston bar. When the original star Shelley Long left the show, it was at its peak of popularity.
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For the part in 1991, Alley would receive an Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series.
In her victory speech, Alley made a light dig at her “Cheers” co-star Ted Danson, who had finally received an Emmy nomination for his part as Sam Malone after receiving eight nominations the year before: “I only thank God I didn’t have to wait as long as Ted.”
For portraying the title character in the CBS TV film “David’s Mother,” she won a second Emmy in 1993 for best lead actress in a miniseries or television movie.
From 1997 to 2000, she had her sitcom on the network called “Veronica’s Closet.”
She portrayed the mother of a baby whose inner thoughts were narrated by Bruce Willis in the 1989 comedy “Look Who’s Talking,” which gave her a significant career boost. She would also make an appearance in the sequels “Look Who’s Talking Too” (1990) and “Look Who’s Talking Now” (1993).
Her trilogy co-star John Travolta paid her respect in a message on Instagram.
Along with a picture of Alley, Travolta stated, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.” “Kirstie, you are loved. I am confident that we shall cross paths again.
She would portray a fictitious version of herself in the 2005 Showtime series “Fat Actress,” which made light of the way the public and the media treated her as she gained and lost weight.
The 2010 A&E reality series “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” followed her quest to slim down and start a weight-loss program while working as a single mother in an unorthodox home with pet lemurs, dealt with the same subject matter.
Alley claimed that one of the reasons for agreeing to join the show was the false material that had become a tabloid staple about her.
Then, Alley told the AP, “Anything terrible you can say about me, they say. I’ve never lost consciousness, collapsed, or fainted. I never agreed with Anything they stated. Only my weight gain is real.
She has recently appeared on numerous reality programs, including “Dancing With the Stars,” where she placed second in 2011. She donned a baby mammoth costume and appeared on the reality show “The Masked Singer” earlier this year.
In 2015 and 2016, she made an appearance in the Fox black comedy series “Scream Queens,” created by Ryan Murphy.
On Monday, Jamie Lee Curtis, one of Alley’s co-stars, gushed about her on Instagram, calling her “a wonderful mama bear in her authentic life” and “a terrific comedy foil” on the program.
In a statement, Kelsey Grammar, Alley’s “Cheers” co-star, said, “I always believed sorrow for a public figure is a private affair, but I will say I loved her.”
Alley, a Wichita, Kansas, native, dropped out of Kansas State University and moved to Los Angeles after enrolling.
Her first times on television were as a contestant on “The Match Game” and “Password” in 1979 and 1980, respectively.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, which came out in 1982, was her feature debut.
From 1970 to 1977, Alley was wed to her high school sweetheart; from 1983 to 1997, she married actor Parker Stevenson.
When asked about getting married again, she told the AP in 2010 that she would “leave the guy within 24 hours because I’m sure he’d tell me not to do something.”
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