Fern Britton, Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Guttenberg are among the stars to share their memories of what a good friend Kirstie Alley meant to them.
The Cheers, Look Who’s Talking and Scream Queens star has died aged 71 after a short battle with cancer, her children announced on social media.
British television presenter and author Britton revealed“Kirstie Alley passed away. I worked with her there and loved her. Every morning we got up before everyone else and drank tea and laughed. ‘Hey, Fernando!’ We talked about everything, everything!In a 6 hour cab ride, we pinched a phone and made illicit calls home.The best.
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Curtis shared on Instagram: “Just heard the sad news that Kirstie Alley has passed away. She was a big comic sheet in @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree on some things, but we had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”
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Steve Guttenberg, who starred with Alley in the 1995 romantic comedy It Takes Two, recalled: “Kirstie met me at her house with a tuna sandwich on my favorite bread. ‘Steve, I know all about you and your love rye bread, eat some tuna.
“We were rehearsing It Takes Two, and every day she amazed me with her generosity of the tangible and with her soul. The world is a little empty without Kirstie.”
John Travolta, who worked with Alley on the Look Who’s Talking films, said, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we’ll see each other again.”
Scientologist Alley – who finished second in the last series of celebrity big brother in 2018 – often spoke openly on social media and in 2020 publicly voiced support for Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
AuthorKimberley Johnson tweeted“I’m sorry to hear that Kirstie Alley has passed away. She was a Trump supporter and she blocked me so we weren’t on the same page politically but this woman was immensely talented, hysterically funny and I’m grateful for his unforgettable contribution to entertainment. RIP.”
Cheers star Kelsey Grammer said: “I’ve always believed that a public figure’s heartbreak is a private matter, but I will say I love it.”
And Cheers co-star Ted Danson told Deadline: “I’m so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. Sending my love to her kids. As they well know , their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”
Rhea Perlman, who played head waitress Carla Tortelli, said: “Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy in being was boundless.
“We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too.
“We spent the night at her house, with scavenger hunts she created. She threw huge Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the whole show crew and their families.
“She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply.
“I have never met someone like her from a distance and I am so grateful to have known her. I will miss her very, very much.”
Seinfeld Star Jason Alexander tweeted: “We are sorry to have lost Kirstie Alley. She was a gloriously talented and unique actress and I am delighted to have been able to work alongside her on occasion. She made me feel welcome. And she m made her laugh. As she did so many others. My condolences to her friends and family.
Alley was the mother of William and Lillie, whom she adopted with ex-husband Parker Stevenson after suffering a miscarriage.
They said in a press release: “To all our friends, all over the world… We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a recently discovered battle with cancer.
“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with the certainty of her endless zest for life and all the adventures that lay ahead. screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.
“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center for their care.
“Our mother’s zest for life and passion, her children, her grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her undying joy in creating, was unparalleled and leaves us inspired to live life to the full as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.
Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951, and moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where she started out as an interior designer and began her involvement with the Church of Scientology.
She began her film career in 1982 with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and went on to a long and successful acting career.
Alley is well remembered for her role as bar manager Rebecca on the hit sitcom Cheers, which she joined in season 6. She also starred in the sitcom Veronica’s Closet and played herself in the comedy of reality show parody Fat Actress in 2005.
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Alley came second on Dancing With the Stars in 2011 and earlier this year appeared on Season 7 of the US version of The Masked Singer as Baby Mammoth.