Today, fans across America and around the world are mourning the loss of Kirstie Alley who died Monday after a brief, private battle with cancer.
She became a household name as the character Rebecca Howe on the hit TV show "Cheers" from 1987 to 1993. For her TV work, Alley won two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe. But she was a star on the big screen, too. Fans will remember her for her leading roles in the 80s flick "Look Who's Talking," the films "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "It Takes Two," "Summer School" and many others.
Her family announced Monday, "We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered."
Her two children wrote in the statement, "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."
Alley was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas where her father owned a lumber company. She dropped out of Kansas State University in 1971 and moved to California to pursue Scientology and work as an interior designer. Her appearance on two TV game shows in the late 70s/early 80s caught the attention of talent agents and her career as an actress began.
Kirstie Alley was 71.
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