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Emmy Award-winning “Cheers” star Kristi Alley has died at the age of 71

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kirstie Alley, who won an Emmy for her role on “Cheers” and starred in films including “Look Who’s Talking,” died Monday. She was 71 years old.

Alley died of cancer, which was only recently discovered, her children, True and Lily Parker, said Posted on Twitter. Donovan Daughtry, the Alley’s manager, confirmed the death in an email to the Associated Press.

“As iconic as she is on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” her children’s statement read.

She starred opposite Ted Danson as Rebecca Howe in “Cheers,” NBC’s beloved sitcom about a Boston bar, from 1987 to 1993. She joined the show at the height of its popularity following the departure of original star Shelley Long.

Alley would win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the role in 1991.

“I just thank God I didn’t have to wait as long as Ted,” Ally said in her acceptance, laughing sweetly at her “Cheers” co-star Ted Danson, who finally won an Emmy for his role as Sam Malone. Nomination eighth in the previous year.

She would receive her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie in 1993 for her starring role in the CBS television movie David’s Mother.

She had her own network sitcom, “Veronica’s Closet” from 1997 to 2000.

In the 1989 comedy Look Who’s Talking, which gave her a major career boost, she played the mother of a child whose inner thoughts are voiced by Bruce Willis. It was also featured in the 1990 sequel, “Look Who’s Talking Too,” and another in 1993, “Look Who’s Talking Now.”

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John Travolta, her co-star in the trilogy, paid tribute to her in Instagram post.

“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever been in,” Travolta said with a photo of Alley. “I love you, Kirsty. I know we will see each other again.”

She would play a fictionalized version of herself in the 2005 Showtime series “Fat Actress,” a show that drew comedy from her public and media rant about her weight gain and loss.

She tackled the same topic in the 2010 A&E reality series “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” which chronicled her attempt to lose weight and launch a weight-loss program while working as a single mom in an unconventional household that included a pet lemur.

Alley said she agreed to perform in the show in part because of the misinformation about her that had become a tabloid staple.

“They say anything bad you can say about me,” Alli told the Associated Press at the time. “I never collapsed, passed out, and passed out. Basically, anything they said, I never did. The only real thing is that I got fat.”

In recent years, she has appeared on several other reality shows, including being runner-up on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2011. She appeared on the competition series “The Masked Singer” dressed as a baby mammoth earlier this year.

She appeared in Ryan Murphy’s black comedy series ‘Scream Queens’ on Fox in 2015 and 2016.

One of her co-stars on the show, Jamie Lee Curtis, said on Instagram Monday that Alley was a “fantastic comedic storyteller” on the show and a “lovely mama bear in her very real life.”

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“I always thought grieving for a public figure was private, but I will say I loved it,” Kelsey Grammer, “Cheers” co-star Alley, said in a statement.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Ally attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.

Her television debut was as a game show contestant, on “The Match Game” in 1979 and “Password” in 1980.

She first appeared in ‘Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan’ in 1982.

Alley was married to her high school sweetheart from 1970 to 1977, and actor Parker Stephenson from 1983 to 1997.

If I remarry, she told the AP in 2010, “I’d leave the guy in 24 hours because I’m sure he’d tell me to do nothing.”