Beloved actress Kirstie Alley has died after a battle with cancer. She was 71.
Alley, who won an Emmy for her work on the classic sitcom “Cheers,” was a native of Wichita, Kansas.
Her death was announced by her two children.
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“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” wrote her children.
Alley was best known for her turn as Rebecca Howe, the sexy bar manager in the NBC comedy “Cheers,” in which she starred opposite Ted Danson from 1987 to 1993.
She also landed a 1994 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the CBS drama “David’s Mother.”
Her more than 40-year career included numerous film roles, including as a Vulcan Starfleet officer in the 1982 hit “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and as a career-driven single mom in 1989’s “Look Who’s Talking,” which also starred John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Olympia Dukakis and George Segal.
Around Wichita Alley was known for her extravagant Christmas decorations — turning her front yard into a Victorian Christmas village.
“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did,” the announcement continued.
“We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
Wichita native, and best Christmas decorator in town, Kirstie Alley has passed away. https://t.co/UdMSUIiQyv— Dalton Glasscock (@glasscockks) December 6, 2022