LOS ANGELES – Two-time Emmy winner Kirstie Alley, whose roles in the TV megahit “Cheers” and the movies “Look Who’s Talking” made her one of the biggest stars in American comedy in the late 1980s and early 1990s Diya passed away on Monday. She was 71 years old.
Eli died of cancer that was only recently discovered, his children True and Lily Parker said in a post on twitter, Alley’s manager Donovan Dittery confirmed the death in an email to The Associated Press.
Her children’s statement said, “As iconic as she was on screen, she was also a wonderful mother and grandmother.”
She starred opposite Ted Danson as Rebecca Howe on the beloved NBC sitcom “Cheers” about Boston bars from 1987 to 1993. She joined the show at the height of its popularity following the departure of original star Shelley Long.
Allie would win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991 for the role.
“I just thank God I didn’t have to wait as long as Ted,” Alley said in her acceptance, gently ribbing Danson, who finally won her eighth nomination last year for Sam Malone’s won an Emmy for his “Cheers” role as Rupp. ,
She would pick up a second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Television Film in 1993 for playing the title role in the CBS TV movie “David’s Mother”.
She had her own sitcom on the network from 1997 to 2000, “Veronica’s Closet”.
In the 1989 comedy Look Who’s Talking, which gave her career a major boost, she played the mother of a child whose inner thoughts were voiced by Bruce Willis. She would also appear in the 1990 sequel “Look Who’s Talking Too,” and another in 1993, “Look Who’s Talking Now.”
John Travolta, his co-star in the trilogy, paid tribute to him in an Instagram post.
“Kirsty was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever been in,” Travolta told Elle alongside a photo. “I love you Kirsty. I know we’ll see each other again.”
She would play a fictionalized version of herself in the 2005 Showtime series “Fat Actress”, a show that made comedy of her public and media treatment of her weight gain and loss.
She starred in the 2010 A&E reality series “Kirsty Elise’s Big Life” with the same subject matter, which followed her attempts to lose weight and embark on a weight loss program while working as a single mother in an unconventional household. Did, which also included pet lemurs.
Alley said she agreed to do the show partly because of misinformation about her, which had become a tabloid staple.
Alley told the AP at the time, “You can say anything bad about me, they say.” “I never fell, fainted, fainted. Basically, everything he has said, I never said. The only thing that is true is that I have become fat.
In recent years she has appeared on several other reality shows, including finishing second on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011.
She appeared in the Ryan Murphy black comedy series “Scream Queens” on Fox in 2015 and 2016.
One of her co-stars on the show, Jamie Lee Curtis, said Monday on Instagram that Allie was “a great comic foil” on the show and “a beautiful mama bear in her real life.”
Elle’s “Cheers” co-star Kelsey Grammer said in a statement that “I’ve always believed that grieving is a private matter for a public figure, but I will say that I love her.”
Another “Cheers” co-star, Rhea Perlman, explained how she and Elle became friends soon after joining the show. She said that the street held big Easter and Halloween parties and everyone was invited. “She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so grateful to have known her.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Aly attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.
Like Travolta, she would remain a long-time member of the Church of Scientology.
His first television appearances were as a game show contestant on “The Match Game” in 1979 and “Password” in 1980.
He made his film debut in 1982 in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan”.
Other film roles include 1987’s “Summer School”, 1995’s “The Village of the Damned”, and 1999’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous”.
Alley was married to her high school sweetheart from 1970 to 1977 and to actor Parker Stevenson from 1983 to 1997.
She told the AP in 2010 that if she remarried, “I’d leave the guy within 24 hours because I’m sure he’d tell me nothing.”
Rancilio reported from Detroit.