HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 22: Kirstie Alley attends the premiere of Quiver Distribution's "The Fanatic" at the Egyptian Theatre on August 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Movies - TV
Kirstie Alley, Star Of Cheers,
Drop Dead Gorgeous, And More ,
Has Died At 71
Kirstie Alley, of "Cheers," the "Look Who's Talking" trilogy, and "Veronica's Closet" fame, has died at the age of 71. The passing of the two-time Emmy-winning actor and "Dancing with the Stars" runner-up was announced by her children on Twitter.
The tweet stated, in part, “We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce, and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. 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.”
With a career spanning over four decades, Alley was a seminal comedic figure and trailblazer for women in comedy. From her groundbreaking work on “Cheers” to delightful family fare like “Look Who’s Talking,” to the biting satire of “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Alley left an indelible mark on comedy.
And for a generation of science fiction fans, she will be remembered as Saavik the Vulcan Starfleet officer in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." However, her legacy is complicated and two-fold, as she was both a celebrated figure in comedy and a peddler of dangerous political conspiracies.
In the wake of her passing, fans will have the challenging task of admiring her brilliant contributions as an artist while simultaneously not allowing her groundbreaking efforts to excuse her unacceptable treatment of others. It's clear that Alley was on a perpetual path of soul-searching, and one can only hope that she managed to find some semblance of tranquility in her final days.