Kirstie Alley, the smoky-voiced, piercing-eyed actress who played tavern manager Rebecca Howe cheers and Vulcan Starfleet officer Lt. Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanHe died at the age of 71.
Alley’s children, True and Lillie Parker, announced their deaths on their Twitter account Monday night. “We are saddened to announce that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a only recently discovered battle with cancer,” they wrote, adding that “she was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength Has.”
They also thanked the medical caregivers who treated them at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida.
Alley has appeared in more than 70 films and television shows during her career, but is best known for landing the role in Howe Season 6 Cheers, She plays an ambitious middle manager who ran the Boston Water Hole after it was bought by the Lillian Corporation. Howe was added to the sitcom after prior guidance, Shelley LangShe left the series to pursue film projects. While Long’s fussy, scholarly waitress Diane was an incongruous contrast to her Ted Danson‘s bartender Sam Malone, Alley’s brassy Rebecca was surprisingly similar, and sparks flew because it matched his boldness and confidence.
Ultimately, the relentless Rebecca turned out to be just as neurotic and messy as the rest of cheers‘ Resident, and the role earned Alley an Emmy for Best Comedic Actress in 1991.
She is notable as the only one cheers Actress who never reprized her role in the spinoff series, Frasier. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 1993, when cheers aired her finale, she said she opposed character reruns. “I’m not going back. My take on reunion shows is that they’re something that the audience can say, ‘Gosh, you look 10 years older.’ Well, duh, hello, it’s been 10 years!” As for what ultimately became of her character, Alley simply said, “Where do I see Rebecca? I don’t She is history. It ends.”
Alley’s adherence to the controversial Scientology faith may also have been a factor. In a 2004 interview with Frasier Creator David Lee, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel cited Scientology’s rejection of psychiatry as a reason for not appearing on the show about a radio psychiatrist. Lee said Alley told him so, but he also never asked her to guest star.
Her breakthrough came in 1982 when she landed her first film role as Lt. Played Saavik in the acclaimed Star Trek sequel The Wrath of the Khan. In a 2016 interview, Alley said that her raised eyebrows, which gave her a naturally skeptical look, suited her perfectly for the character, who was half Vulcan and half Romulan. “People have teased me my entire life,” she told StarTrek.com. “Even my friends were like, ‘Oh god, your eyebrows go up like Spock.'” She said it was a surprise even to her to get the part. “I’ve never had an acting role,” she said. “I haven’t gone around telling people I’m an aspiring actress — because who is not, Hollywood? So I did some decorating work and was also a housekeeper. …I wasn’t even in the Screen Actors Guild.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/12/kirstie-alley-obit ‘Cheers’ and ‘Star Trek II’ star Kirstie Alley has died aged 71