Kirsty Alley wore her Star Trek ears after getting the role: The Director

Since her sudden death from colon cancer was announced on Monday, Kirsty Alley has been remembered and honored throughout Hollywood.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer told People magazine that Alley was “so passionate or enthusiastic or overwhelmed by the role of Saavik,” “or he was wearing his ears because he was sleeping.” He didn’t take them off.

Alley’s prosthetic Vulcan ears in the 1982 film were just one element of his character.

“We were looking for Saavik and I found myself sitting with a very attractive woman with great eyes and big hair,” Meyer said. “He had a strange cheerfulness about him, which I later learned was his characteristic. I remember he was from Wichita.”

Kirsty Alley played Lieutenant Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


According to Meyer, Alley embellished or “faked” her resume before the audition, with minimal on-screen experience, but Meyer remembers Alley giving her “a great read” that led to her being cast in the next film. leads to a fight against swelling.

“I don’t think he was trying to be original, or some might call it ‘kooky,’ but he pulled it off,” she said of her audition. “What was impressive about her reading was that she didn’t inject her own, what I call her ‘cheerful personality.’ called.”

Kirsty Alley, right, stars as Commander Uhura alongside Nichelle Nichols in Stark Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


At Spock’s funeral, Alley improvised the tears shown in the film.

“I didn’t tell her to cry. I remember when I saw it happening [William] Shatner came up to me and said, “You’re not going to let him do that, are you? Vulcans can’t cry. And I said, ‘When he does, he makes it more effective.'”

After Star Trek, Alley went on to have a huge career, winning two Emmys for her role on the TV show Cheers and starring in numerous films.

At the time of her death, Kirstie Alley had been nominated for eight Emmys and won two.

At the time of her death, Kirstie Alley had been nominated for eight Emmys and won two.
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Alley’s children, True and Lilly Parker, announced their mother’s death in a statement on her official Twitter account.

It read in part: “We are announcing the passing of our incredible, fierce and loving mother following a recent diagnosis of cancer.

“He was surrounded by his closest family and fought with great strength, assuring us of the endless joy of life and the adventures that lie ahead.”

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