Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning star of ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’, dies at 71


Kirstie Alley, the two-time Emmy winner of the classic sitcom Cheers and comedy Veronica’s Closet, has died. He was 71 years old.

His passing was announced by his children on his official Twitter account on Monday evening.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a recent diagnosis of cancer.

He was surrounded by his closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with the joy of eternal life and the confidence of what adventures lie ahead. “She was an even better mother and grandmother than she was on screen,” her children wrote.

The family also acknowledged the “wonderful team” at Moffitt Cancer Center in a statement.

“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and numerous animals, her endless enjoyment of her creations, let alone her creativity, were unparalleled and inspired us to live life to the fullest, just like she did,” the message reads. .

“We appreciate your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

John Travolta also paid tribute to his longtime friend and former co-star on Instagram.

“Kirsty was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had” he posted on Instagram after his death was announced. “I love you Kirsty. I know we will see each other again.”

Other stars paying tribute to her on social media include comedian Adam Carolla wrote that “felt lucky” to meet him and “Hot in Cleveland” alum Valerie Bertinelli, simply tweeted“Oh Kirstie … Rest in Peace.”

“Whether you agree with her or not, Kirsty Alley was an undeniable talent who delighted many – through the screen and with his warm, cheerful spirit” added comic Jack Harry. “RIP, love you. You were one of a kind.”

Alley is best known for playing sexy bar manager Rebecca Howe on the NBC comedy Cheers, co-starring Ted Danson from 1987 to 1993. image, for which he was nominated five times. He won a Golden Globe for his supporting role.

As for the role that launched his stardom, he once jokingly referred to the series created by James Burroughs, Glen and Les Charles as a “boy’s club”.

“‘Respect’ is a dictatorship,” Alley said Los Angeles Times Laughing in 1993. “It’s a boys’ club and they tell you what the girls do and you do the same. There is no convention about what your character is or should be. It makes people faint. They only tell you what your character is doing in the script, period“.

Kirsty Alley attends an event in New York in 2012.
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His career spanning over 40 years has included many film roles including Vulcan as Starfleet In 1982, she starred as an officer in the hit film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and in 1989 as a single mother in Look Who’s Talking, starring Travolta, Bruce Willis, Olympia Dukakis and George Segal. The popular film also spawned a sequel, Look Who’s Talking Now, in 1990, and Look Who’s Talking Now, in 1993.

She won the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for the CBS drama David’s Mother.

Most of Alley’s work has focused on comedy, with TV shows including The Goldbergs, The Middle, Hot in Cleveland, The King of Queens, Dharma and Greg, and others.

"Cheers" star Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71.
“Cheers” star Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71.
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Alley often took on characters with flaws, a move she perceived as “self-deprecating”. According to a 2015 interview with Parade.

“It doesn’t have to be intentional. … I like to lose. I like playing someone who can’t redeem himself easily,” he said. “For me, I think it’s self-deprecating and that’s what works best for me. The more I lose, the better I think I am. “It’s hard to play a comedy winner.”

She also appeared in the 2005 Showtime comedy The Fat Actress and the 2010 reality show Kirsty Alley’s Big Life, which documented her famous struggle with weight. In Interview with Oprah WinfreyAccording to Alley, she once had ongoing problems after a parking attendant thought she was pregnant and asked when she was coming.

“I just said, ’11 weeks!’ … It didn’t really hurt, but I think the hardest thing was, I’ve spent most of my life being thin, you know? [Now] It’s an effort to get dressed, whereas before I go, I’m like, “Oh, I look good in these jeans.”

Kirsty Alley co-starred with Ted Danson in the sitcom Cheers.
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The ever-outspoken actress – a one-time spokeswoman for Jenny Craig – also revealed that her weight has affected potential relationships.

“Well, I don’t want fat sex, you know,” Kirstie told Winfrey. “I’ve been single for four and a half years because I think I’m like a virgin born again. It’s optional. Even when [I was thinner]I wondered what I looked like when I walked in [the room]. I was kind of banned. Now I know what I look like and I can’t wait to hear some guy say, “Oh my God!” “I don’t see his eyes.”

Alley’s weight wasn’t the only personal aspect that drew attention to her.

He’s a longtime Scientologist, along with A-listers like Travolta, Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Moss. Alley additionally faced a shock For supporting former President Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, and condemned his long-term suspension From Twitter.

Alley in 2020 also hit Oscar diversity standards as ‘shame’.

Kirstie Alley and Lorrie Bagley appear in the 1999 episode “Veronica’s Closet”.
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Alley was unmarried at the time of her death, but had been married twice before: to Hardy Boys actor Parker Stevenson was connected From 1983 to 1997 and she was married to Bob Alley, her high school sweetheartFrom 1970 to 1977.

She also admitted to being emotionally involved with Patrick Swayze, her co-star in the 1985 miniseries North and South, while she was with Stevenson.

In 2012, she told the Hollywood Reporter: “We didn’t have a relationship. Because I think if you fall in love with someone when you’re married, you’re putting your marriage and his marriage in jeopardy. It’s doubly bad.’

In 2018, she also revealed that Travolta was very interested in her.

“I almost ran away and married John. I love him, I still love him,” he said said “Celebrity Big Brother UK”. “If I wasn’t married, I would have gone and married him. And I would be on a plane because he has his own plane! I tell you, girls. It doesn’t seem like it matters that someone has a private jet, but it does. “The older you get, the less you want to sit in airports.”

Kirsty Alley was born in Kansas.
Kirsty Alley was born in Kansas.
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Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas, and offered to “run away” to Hollywood with the help of cocaine.

“The truth about how I escaped from Kansas is high. I passed out on cocaine and got in the car and drove to California,” he told Parade in a 2015 interview. “If I had not been consumed by drugs, I would not have been able to fulfill my dream. It sounds silly, but it took some effort to save myself from Wichita, Kansas.

Alley, who has appeared on reality shows like “Dancing With the Stars,” “Celebrity Big Brother” and “The Masked Singer,” said she might make reality shows a little easier for aspiring stars these days.

“Nowadays with reality shows on TV and things like that, people can hope that they can do something,” he told Parade. “But at the time, 30 years ago, it was like, ‘How dare I think I’m going to be a star?’ How can I think like that? It’s more of a Midwestern thing, you’re kind of humble, and if you’re not humble, people look down on you, like, “Well, move to California and be a star who do you think you are? I mean, come on, Kirsty.”

Alley, a longtime California resident, sold her California home in 2021 for $7.8 million; he bought the Los Feliz property in 2000.

He is survived by his children, William True Stevenson and Lillie Price Stevenson, as well as a grandson.

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