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Kirstie Alley, Cheers Star, dead at 71

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Kirstie Alley, Emmy Award-winning actress best known for her role as Rebecca Howe cheers, She died at the age of 71. Her family announced the news on social media, revealing that she passed away after a short battle with cancer.

“We are saddened to tell you that our amazing, fierce and loving mother has passed away following a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” Ally’s family said. “She was surrounded by her closest family and fought so hard, leaving us with the certainty of her endless joy in living and of any adventures that lay ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.” Read the full statement below.

Alley starred in a number of films in the 1980s, including summer schoolAnd the Shoot to killAnd the look who’s Talking. Her breakout role with the NBC comedy cheers, where she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993. She won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for her work on the show.

In the 1990s, Alley starred in films such as psychiatric hospital, Sibling rivalryAnd the Damned VillageAnd the It takes two, deconstructing HarryAnd the to richer or poorerAnd the Drop dead is awesome. She won her second Emmy Award in 1994 for her role in the TV movie David’s mother.

Returning to television, Alley starred in the NBC sitcom Veronica’s closet From 1997 to 2000 before creating her own series, fat actress, to Showtime. The unscripted series ran for one season in 2005 and depicted Alley’s attempts to maintain a successful career in Hollywood as a plus-size actress – a theme that has dominated her career for most of her life. Kirstie Alley’s Big Lifee, an A&E series, followed in 2010.

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Alley starred in the short-lived sitcom Kirsty in 2013 before moving on to reality TV shows Dancing with the starsAnd the Celebrity Big BrotherAnd the The Masked Singer. She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

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