Kirstie Alley | Actress in Cheers and Look Who’s Talking | Obituary

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Obituary – Kirstie Alley – Actress in a number of hit Movies and TV Shows including Cheers and Look Who’s Talking

Kirstie Alley, the TV and film star known for her roles in Cheers, Veronica’s Closet and Look Who’s Talking, has died at the age of 71. Alley had recently been diagnosed with cancer, and was being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, her family revealed.

  • Died: December 5th, 2022
  • Details of death: Died after a short battle with illness.

Early Life

Kirstie Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Robert Deal Alley, who owned a lumber company, and Lillian Alley. She had two siblings, Colette and Craig. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School, graduating in 1969. She attended college at Kansas State University, dropping out after her sophomore year. After moving to Los Angeles to pursue Scientology and work as an interior designer, Alley appeared as a contestant on the game show Match Game in 1979. She won both rounds, winning $500 in the first round and $5500 in the second round. She also appeared on the game show Password Plus in 1980. On both shows she described her profession as interior designer. In 1981, an automobile accident involving a drunk driver killed her mother and left her father seriously injured.

 

Career

Alley made her film debut in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing the Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik, but chose not to reprise that role in the next two sequels, later saying she was offered less money than for Star Trek II. In the years following, she starred in a number of smaller films, including One More Chance, Blind Date and Runaway. In 1985, she starred in the ABC miniseries North and South. In 1987, Alley starred alongside Mark Harmon in the comedy film Summer School. The film was a box office success, grossing over $35 million in the United States.

Later in 1987, Alley joined the cast of NBC sitcom Cheers, replacing Shelley Long and remaining with the show until its eleventh and final season. In 1989, Alley starred with John Travolta in Look Who’s Talking. The film grossed over $295 million worldwide. They then went on to make two other films centred on the same theme, Look Who’s Talking Too and Look Who’s Talking Now. After two Emmy Award nominations for her work on Cheers, in 1988 and 1990, she won the Emmy on her third nomination, in 1991.

Alley earned her second Emmy for the 1994 television film David’s Mother. For her contributions to the film industry, Alley received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in 1995.

From 1997 to 2000, Alley played the title character in the NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet, as well as serving as executive producer on the show. She served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004, and for Jenny Craig from 2004 to 2007.

TV Land aired a sitcom that centered on Alley as a Broadway star and a new parent. It was titled Kirstie, and reunited her with former Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld star Michael Richards. The series premiered on December 4, 2013, and ran for one season before it was cancelled, five months after ending its freshman run.

In February 2011, Alley was announced as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She also took part in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2022, Alley competed in season seven of The Masked Singer as “Baby Mammoth” of Team Cuddly.

 

Personal Life and death

Alley was married from 1970 to 1977 to high-school sweetheart Bob Alley, who coincidentally had the same name as her father. Alley married actor Parker Stevenson on December 22, 1983. Following a miscarriage, the couple adopted son William “True” one week after his October 5, 1992, birth, and in 1995 adopted daughter Lillie. The marriage ended in 1997. In 2016, Alley became a grandmother after her son William had a son of his own.

Alley died on December 5, 2022, following a short battle with cancer at age 71. Per a statement released by her children, the cancer had only been recently discovered. Her ex-husband Parker Stevenson, her two children, Look Who’s Talking co-star John Travolta, and other celebrities posted their condolences on social media. Her Cheers co-stars Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, and Rhea Perlman also mourned her and released statements saying how much she meant to them.

 

 

Date of birth: 12th January 1951

Date of Death: 5th December 2022 (aged 71)

 

Sources:

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirstie_Alley

The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/dec/06/kirstie-alley-dies-aged-71-cheers-look-whos-talking-actor