As the film industry mourns Kirstie Alley’s loss, coworkers and friends, many of whom she worked with during her distinguished career, have begun to share their recollections of the late actress. Her family has confirmed that the former Cheers star died on Monday at the age of 71 following a battle with colon cancer.
Alley’s Cheers co-stars Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, and Kelsey Grammer talked on Monday about Alley. Even though Grammer believes that grieving the loss of a public figure is a “private problem,” he admits in his statement that he “loved her.”
Danson adds in his statement that he was on a plane hours before learning of Alley’s death, rewatching an episode of Cheers in which she constantly refuses to marry Don Santry, despite her heart’s longing.
Danson plays the character Don Santry in this scene. Alley, according to Danson, offers “excellent” performance.
“Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a mental breakdown was both heartbreaking and brilliantly funny,” a critic said of one of her performances.
“She made me laugh 30 years ago when she filmed that moment, and she made me laugh just as hard today,” Danson says. “I discovered Kirstie had died immediately as I got off the plane.”
“I am heartbroken, but I will always be grateful to her for making me laugh.” I’m sending all of my love to her children. They are aware that their mother has a huge and pure heart. I’m going to miss her terribly.”
“Kirstie was a one-of-a-kind individual who was also a terrific friend,” recalls Perlman. “Her potential for happiness was boundless. We became fast friends after she started working at Cheers. My kids loved her, and she loved them back.”
“We had sleepovers at her house, and she planned treasure hunts for us.” She organized massive Halloween and Easter parties and invited the show’s cast and crew, as well as their families. She wished for everyone to feel a sense of belonging.”
“She was devoted to her children. I’ve never met someone slightly resembling her. I am always grateful for the chance to have known her. I’ll miss having her around a lot.”
Following Alley’s passing, many of her mourners took to social media to express their condolences and thoughts. Tim Allen, who co-starred in For Richer or Poorer with Kirstie Alley in 1997, took to Twitter to convey his “prayers” to the actress and her family, characterizing Alley as having a “beautiful kind spirit.”
In the film “It Takes Two, ” Alley’s co-star,” Steve Guttenberg, lauded her warmth in an Instagram comment. Alley had brought him a tuna fish sandwich on rye to set because she knew it was his favorite meal.
“Every day, she impressed me with her offering of the tangible and soulfulness,” Guttenberg said. “Without Kirstie, the world looks a little less complete.”
John Travolta, who co-starred with Alley in the 1989 film Look Who’s Talking, paid tribute to the late actor in an Instagram post. In the statement, Travolta hailed their friendship as “one of the deepest friendships I’ve ever had.”
“I adore you.” “I do not doubt that we will cross paths again,” Travolta says at the end of his message. In the comments section, Sharon Stone expressed her sympathies for Alley’s loss, calling her “extremely hilarious and wonderful.”
Scream Queens co-star Jamie Lee Curtis paid tribute to Alley on Instagram, calling her a “wonderful comic foil” in front of the camera and a “beautiful mom bear” behind the scenes. Alley, according to Curtis, assisted her in shopping for onesies for her entire family over the holidays.
Curtis concludes that, despite their differences, they respected one another. “How unfortunate.”
Alley’s memory was also honored by Jackeé Harry, who sent a message with a tweet Alley had previously written expressing her eternal love for Jackeé Harry.
Kirstie Alley, according to Harry, was a tremendous talent who provided joy to many people both on-screen and with her kind and witty demeanor. “Whether you agreed with her or not, Kirstie Alley was an exceptional talent who entertained many.” “May you rest in peace, love.” In every way, you were one-of-a-kind.”