Kirstie Alley, famous for her role as Rebecca Howe in the hit television show “Cheers” and as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase in “Veronica’s Closet,” passed away on December 5th, 2022, at the age of 71. The news of her death shocked fans and fellow actors alike, leading to an outpouring of heartfelt messages and condolences on social media.
Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951, Kirstie Alley began her career as a model before venturing into acting. She first caught the public’s attention in 1981 when she starred in the movie “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” However, it was her role as Rebecca Howe in “Cheers” that propelled her to stardom.
Alley joined “Cheers” during its sixth season, when the show’s writers were looking for a new female lead to replace Shelley Long’s character, Diane Chambers. Although she was a relative unknown at the time, Alley quickly won over viewers with her sharp wit and on-screen chemistry with co-star Ted Danson, who played Sam Malone. Her performance earned her an Emmy award in 1991 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
After the end of “Cheers” in 1993, Alley went on to star in her own sitcom, “Veronica’s Closet,” which ran from 1997 to 2000. She also appeared in numerous films throughout her career, including “Look Who’s Talking,” “Sister Act,” and “Deconstructing Harry.”
In addition to her acting career, Alley was also known for her work as a spokesperson for the weight loss company Jenny Craig. She famously lost 75 pounds on their program in 2006 and became an advocate for healthy living.
Sadly, Alley’s life was cut short due to colon cancer. According to reports, she had been battling the disease in private for some time before succumbing to it. Her passing has left a void in the entertainment industry and among her many fans, who will undoubtedly remember her as a talented and beloved actress who brought laughter and joy into their lives.