Kirstie Alley, noted for her role in the 1980s and 1990s comedy sitcom Cheers, has died at 71.
Her children wrote, “Our magnificent, feisty, and loving mother has died.”
Alley received an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work in the TV show.
The Kansas-born actor appears in Look Who’s Talking and Veronica’s Closet.
The family statement indicated she “just found” cancer.
“She was surrounded by her family and fought with amazing strength, leaving us convinced of her never-ending joy of living,” it continued.
She was a renowned actress and a lovely mother and grandma.
They applauded her “zest for life, children, grandkids, animals, and perpetual delight of creation.”
On the NBC sitcom Cheers, Alley played bar manager Rebecca Howe, who fended off Ted Danson’s womanising bar owner Sam Malone.
Her character, a strong independent lady at first, had failed romances with rich men, making her uneasy and frustrated.
She appeared in 147 episodes between 1987 and 1993, when the show ended.
Danson said: “Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was moving and hilarious. “She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that moment, and she made me laugh today just as hard,” he continued.
“As I deplaned, I heard Kirstie had died,” he said. “I’m glad for all the times she made me laugh. Sending her kids love. Their mother has a golden heart. She’s leaving.”
Kelsey Grammer, who played Frasier Crane, adored her.
“I always believed public mourning is private, but I loved her,” he told PA.
Rhea Perlman, who played Carla Tortelli, said she’d “never met somebody remotely like” Alley and will miss her “very, very much.”
Pearlman called Kirstie a unique and beautiful friend. “She had unbounded delight”
Added: “Cheers made us fast buddies. My children liked her.”
“I’m so glad I knew her,” she said.
Alley told US talk show host David Letterman in 1993 that she had organised a gathering of the cast and director to present the idea of six more episodes so “we go out with flair and dignity and we don’t let the fans down”.
She joked that her best-laid preparations came apart when she started bawling during her presentation.
“People were urging ‘go with it… let it out!’” she remarked.
“Degrading! I thought, Screw you elderly people, I’m young and have a career.”
Alley dropped out of college in Wichita, Kansas, to become an interior designer in Los Angeles and study Scientology.
She reportedly donated $5m (£4.1m) to the church in 2007.
Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan was her first film.
Alley featured in Look Who’s Talking with John Travolta after Cheers.
Travolta reacted on Instagram. “Kirstie was a great friend. Kirstie, “He wrote on her photo. “We’ll meet again.”
Alley received another Emmy for David’s Mother in 1993.
She starred in the sitcom Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 2000, winning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
She was in the 1999 beauty pageant comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous.
Alley, a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, showed her irony and humour in the 2005 comedy series Fat Actress.
She worked with Jamie Lee Curtis in Scream Queens.
Curtis said they had “mutual respect and affinity.”
“In Scream Queens, she was a fantastic comic foil and a gorgeous mama bear. She helped me buy Christmas onesies for my family.” “We disagreed but had mutual respect and connection. Misfortune.”
Alley says she was urged in 2015 to keep her political opinions quiet in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox Nation.
She said Hollywood “blackballed” her for not complying.
Trump said on Truth Social: “Kirstie loves America. Missed! “less
Alley’s charms acquired a new audience when she starred on reality TV shows, including Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother UK.
This year, she was revealed as “Baby Mammoth” on The Masked Singer.
Animal-lover: “I’ve done a lot in my career, but never the circus!”
Alley was twice married and adopted two children with actor Parker Stevenson.
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