LOS ANGELES — Kirstie Alley, who won an Emmy for her performance in “Cheers” and starred in films including “Look Who’s Talking,” died Monday. She was 71.
Alley died of cancer that was only recently discovered, her children True and Lillie Parker said in a Twitter post. Alley’s manager Donovan Daughtry confirmed the death in an email to the Associated Press.
Her children’s statement said: “As an icon as it is on screen, she is an even more amazing mother and grandmother.
She co-starred alongside Ted Danson as Rebecca Howe on “Cheers,” the beloved NBC sitcom about a Boston bar, from 1987 to 1993. She joined the show at the height of her popularity. following the departure of original star Shelley Long.
Alley won an Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in 1991. She would win her second Emmy for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. television in 1993 for starring in the CBS television series “David’s Mother.”
She had her own sitcom on the network, “Veronica’s Closet”, from 1997 to 2000.
In the 1989 comedy Look Who’s Talking, which gave her a major career boost, she played the mother of a child with inner thoughts voiced by Bruce Willis. She would also appear in the 1990 sequel “Look Who’s Talking Too.”
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John Travolta, her co-star in both films, paid her respects in an Instagram post.
“Kirstie is one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had,” Travolta said, accompanied by a photo of Alley. “I love you Kirstie. I know we’ll see each other again.”
She will play a fictional version of herself in Showtime’s 2005 series “Fat Actress,” a show that draws humor from the public and media’s treatment of weight gain and loss. hers.
And in recent years, she’s appeared on several reality shows, including “Dancing With the Stars.”
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Alley attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.
Her first television appearances were as a contestant on a game show, in “The Match Game” in 1979 and Password in 1980.
She made her film debut in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” in 1982.