Kirstie Alley, 'Cheers and Look Who's Talking' Star, Dies at 71


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kirstie Alley, who won an Emmy for her role on "Cheers" and starred in films including "Look Who's Talking," died Monday. He was 71 years old.

Allie died of recently diagnosed cancer, her children, True and Lily Parker, said in a post on Twitter. Alley's manager, Donovan Daughtry, confirmed the death in an email to The Associated Press.

"As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more incredible mother and grandmother," her children said in a statement.

She starred opposite Ted Danson as Rebecca Howe on NBC's beloved Boston bar sitcom "Cheers" from 1987 to 1993. He joined the show at the height of its popularity after the departure of main star Shelly. long

Allie would win an Emmy in 1991 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She won her second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie in 1993 for her role as the lead in the CBS TV movie "David's Mother."

She had her own network sitcom, "Veronica's Closet," from 1997 to 2000.

In the 1989 comedy "Look Who's Talking" that gave her a huge career boost, she played the mother of a child whose inner thoughts were voiced by Bruce Willis. He would also appear in the 1990 sequel "Look Who's Talking To."

"Kirsty was one of my most special relationships," Travolta said alongside a photo of Ally. "I love you Kirsty. I know we will see each other again."

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Alley attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles. His first television appearances were as a game show contestant on "The Match Game" in 1979 and Password in 1980.

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