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Kirstie Alley (1951–2022) Tribute List

January 9, 2023
Kirstie Alley was an actress of film and television for three decades. Best known for her breakout role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers, Kirstie also starred in the highly popular Look Who's Talking films. Nominated for several awards during her career, she won two Emmys, two People's Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe. Using articles, quotes, obituary comments, and biographical data, this tribute highlights her iconic personality and acting accomplishments.
essence
Good evening everyone.…I have just left a seminar that has changed my life. In a few short hours I have become the essence of self assertiveness.
– Cheers
smart
Well, you won't find your father here. I really messed things up for you. I don't want you to be upset, because I'm going to go out there and find you a daddy, and this time I'm going to be smart about it. I'm not going to go for some handsome guy just because I'm in love with him. You're the only thing that matters to me, and I'm going to go out there and I'm going to get you the best daddy there is.
– Look Who's Talking
indelible
Emmy Award-winning actor Kirstie Alley, whose larger-than-life personality left an indelible mark on the cherished NBC sitcom "Cheers" and segued into the blockbuster movie franchise "Look Who's Talking," died Monday. She was 71.
Los Angeles Times
segue
Emmy Award-winning actor Kirstie Alley, whose larger-than-life personality left an indelible mark on the cherished NBC sitcom "Cheers" and segued into the blockbuster movie franchise "Look Who's Talking," died Monday. She was 71.
Los Angeles Times
iconic
"As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother."
CNN
humor
Alley, who was a spokesperson for American weight loss management company Jenny Craig, gave a glimpse of the irony and humour with which she approached her battle to lose weight and get back on TV regularly in the 2005 comedy series Fat Actress.
BBC
satirical
And more recently, she worked with Jamie Lee Curtis on the satirical comedy horror Scream Queens.
BBC
garner
Only recently has Kirstie Alley's dramatic weight shifts overshadowed her expert comedic timing and dramatic chops that garnered her two Emmys, a Golden Globe and many more nominations.
Us Magazine
series
Alley returned to the small screen later in her career, starring in the Showtime series "Fat Actress" while also publicly chronicling her fluctuating weight and serving as a spokeswoman for the weight-loss empire Jenny Craig Inc.
Los Angeles Times
career
"I came on 'Masked Singer' because about 10 years ago I realized I always had to keep mixing my career, mixing my life up," she said in her exit interview, "or it was going to get really mundane, it was going to get really boring fast. So I finally got up the nerve to do it."
– Kirstie Alley, Los Angeles Times
deadpan
Though she often sparred with people over politics, she was also responsible for some examples of non-partisan, deadpan humor that became social media classics…
Variety
validate
My grandfather admired and encouraged my wild ideas. He embraced them and validated their existence.
– Kirstie Alley, The Art of Men
zest
"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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."
Variety
unparalleled
"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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."
Variety

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