Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star, dead at 71
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Kirstie Alley, best known for her roles in the hit TV shows ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’. The beloved actress passed away at the age of 71 after a brief battle with cancer, leaving behind a legacy of memorable performances and devoted fans.
The Life and Career of Kirstie Alley
Early Life and Education
Kirstie Louise Alley was born on January 12, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas. She grew up in a devout Methodist family and attended Wichita Southeast High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the debate team. After graduation, she attended Kansas State University but dropped out after her sophomore year to pursue a career in acting.
Alley’s first role was in the TV show ‘Quark’ in 1978, but she really gained fame for her role as Rebecca Howe in the hit sitcom ‘Cheers’, which she joined in 1987. She won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance on the show, which ran until 1993.
After ‘Cheers’, Alley starred in the TV show ‘Veronica’s Closet’ and appeared in several movies, including ‘Look Who’s Talking’, ‘Look Who’s Talking Too’, and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’. She also participated in the reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
Alley married twice and has two children, True and Lillie. She struggled with weight issues and became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, losing 75 pounds in the process.
Remembering Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley will be sorely missed by her fans and the entertainment industry as a whole. She brought joy and laughter to so many people through her performances on screen and was a beloved figure in Hollywood. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Kirstie Alley. You will be forever remembered and cherished.