Kirstie Alley, star of the Emmy-winning 'Cheers', has died aged 71

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kirstie Alley, who won an Emmy for her role on "Cheers" and starred in films including "Look Who's Talking," died Monday. He is 71 years old.

Alley died of a recently discovered cancer, her children True and Lillie Parker said in a post on Twitter. Alley manager Donovan Daughtry confirmed the death via email to The Associated Press.

Keep scrolling for a gallery of photos from Kirstie Alley's life

"As iconic as she is on screen, she is an even more amazing mother and grandmother," said her children's statement.

She starred opposite 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 its popularity following the departure of original star Shelley Long. Alley would win an Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series for the role in 1991. She would take a second Emmy for best lead actress in a miniseries or television movie in 1993 for playing the lead in the CBS TV movie "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 baby whose inner thoughts are voiced by Bruce Willis. He also appeared in the 1990 sequel "Look Who's Talking Too."

John Travolta, his co-star in both films, paid his respects in an Instagram post.

"Kirstie is one of the most special relationships I've ever had," Travolta said, along with a photo of Alley. "I love you Kirstie. I knew we would meet again."

She would go on to play a fictionalized version of herself in the 2005 Showtime series "The Fat Actress," a show that drew comedy from the public and the media's treatment of her weight gain and loss.

And in recent years she's appeared on several reality shows, including "Dancing With the Stars."

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Alley attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.

Her first television appearances were as contestants on game shows, on "The Match Game" in 1979 and "The Password" in 1980.

He made his film debut in 1982's "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan."

Photo: Kirstie Alley through the years (1951-2022)

Gloria Steinem, right, with actress Kirstie Alley who will play Steinem in the upcoming ABC-TV film "A Bunny's Tale" in Ms. Magazine, Oct. 30, 1984. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver )

David Bookstaver

Actors Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley touch their awards together backstage at the 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 19, 1991. Danson and Alley won best actor and best actress in a television comedy for their work on "Toasts." " (AP photo/Doug Pizac)


Actress Kirstie Alley reacts on stage after winning a best actress in a comedy series Emmy for her "Cheers" Sunday, Aug. 26, 1991 in Pasadena, California (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Nick Ut

Kirstie Alley, one of television and film's leading stars, poses for a photo on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, November 9, 1995 in Los Angeles' Hollywood neighborhood. Alley is perhaps best known for her role as Rebecca Howe on NBC's "Cheers." one of the highest rated and critically acclaimed television shows of all time. His star is the 2056th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (AP photo/Damian Dovarganes) This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 

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