'A beautiful mama bear': Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer and other celebs pay tributes to Kirstie Alley
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Hollywood was taken aback after Kirstie Alley died after a battle with cancer on Monday, December 5. Many celebrities and costars came forward to remember the actress with several heartbreaking tributes. The tragic news was shared by Alley's adopted children True and Lillie Parker on Instagram saying that their "fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered."
The 71-year-old actress was popularly known for her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom 'Cheers'. Her costar Kelsey Grammer told PEOPLE, "I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her." Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman also came forward to remember Alley. Danson told the outlet, "I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. I watched an old episode of Cheers. It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it." Alley received an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991 for the hit sitcom. Tim Allen also remembered Alley and tweeted, "A sweet soul pass on in Kristie Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family."
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Danson continued, "Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny. She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her."
A sweet soul pass on in Kristie Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) December 6, 2022
Tributes pour in for Kirstie Alley
Rhea Perlman expressed her sadness and said, "Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created. She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I've never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I'm going to miss her very, very much."
Jamie Lee Curtis, co-star and fellow 'Scream Queens' alum, shared her grief with her fans and wrote, "I've just heard the sad news that Kirstie Alley has died. She was a great comic foil in @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news." Another Hollywood talent who had a strained relationship with Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, broke his silence and remembered the star writing, "You were one of the most unique people I have ever met and easily one of the brightest moments of my personal and professional life."