“We are saddened to announce that our fiercely fighting and loving mother has passed away after a brief and devastating cancer that was only recently discovered.” These are the opening words of Kirstie Alley’s family on their Instagram account. The American actress was 71 years old. She first appeared in cinemas in 1982 as the Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. She was awarded a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her starring role on the sitcom Cheers. She probably had her best-known role in 1989 alongside John Travolta in the movie Look Who’s Talking.
Kirstie Alley remains in conversation even after her cinema career
Following her cinema career, Kirstie Alley was mainly active on US television. Her own sitcom Veronica’s Closet, which she also produced, ran on TV from 1997 to 2000. She took part in the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother as well as the US edition of Let’s Dance. In April 2022 she was still seen on The Masked Singer, also on US television.
Part of her life has been marked fluctuations in weight, which she addressed in her book How To Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life. The reality show Big Life showed her trying to lose weight permanently. She received a second Emmy for her role in the television film David’s Mother.
Kirstie Alley: Co-star John Travolta expresses his condolences
Hollywood star John Travolta spoke up on Instagram. “I had an extraordinary relationship with Kirstie. I love you Kirstie. I know we will meet again.” With these moving sentences he bids farewell to his partner from the cinema comedy Look Who’s Talking.
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Actresses like Sharon Stone and Catherine Bell also express their grief for Kirstie Alley. Writing on the late actress’ Instagram, her children Lillie and True Parker said, “As iconic as she was on screen, she was first and foremost an exceptional mother and grandmother.”