Kirstie Alley: From a successful career to her controversial views

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Kirstie Alley: From a successful career to her controversial views

Following the news of the death of actress Kirstie Alley, many remember the roles that marked her career, starting with the comedy series "Cheers" - she is recognized by her roles in the films "Look Who's Talking", "Look Who's Talking Now", "It Takes Two " etc.

A statement from her children.

“To all our friends, far and wide around the world… We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” reads the statement.

“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. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother”.

“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care,” the statement continues. “Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did.

We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time”.

Kirstie Louise Alley

Kirstie Louise Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951 and moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where she was an interior designer.

In 1982, she began her film career in the production of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", which she soon followed with a role in the film "Blind Date" and the miniseries "North and South" in 1985. Two years later, she starred with Mark Harmon in Carl Reiner's hit comedy "Summer School." That same year, Alley replaced Shelley Long on NBC's "Cheers," which was among the best comedies on television.

In 1991, she won an Emmy for that role, while her second Emmy was for the 1994 film "David's Mother," in which she played the mother of a teenager with autism. Alley's career highlights also included NBC's "Veronica's Closet" (1997-2000), Showtime's 2005 comedy "Fat Actress" and starring opposite John Travolta in three "Look Who's Talking" films, a trilogy that began in 1989.

Alley also worked as a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig weight loss system, then they parted ways and she founded her own company, Organic Liaisons. Later, Jenny Craig came back and bought her company. She also won second place in the competition "Dancing With the Stars" in 2011, and in 2013 she presented a TV sitcom called "Kirstie", which was canceled after one season.

She was also in the second season of the series "Scream Queens" in 2016, and earlier this year she appeared in the seventh season of the entertainment show "The Masked Singer".

Support for Donald Trump

In the past few years, Alley has also attracted attention for her political views and has become active and sometimes combative on social media.

She announced her support for Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Twitter, then retracted it, and then said she voted for him. She claimed that many people in Hollywood harassed her because of her public expression of political views.

In 2020, Alley criticized the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for including LGBTQ+ people in their works, when there had to be diversity to be considered for Best Picture. She didn't accept it and thought it was an imposition, so she announced on Twitter that it was a shame and a way to control the artist.

As a reminder, Alley passed away at the age of 72 after a short battle with cancer, her family confirmed in a statement.