Kirstie Alley recently died from cancer at age 71. However, the late actress will always be remembered for her iconic performances. Alley has portrayed dozens of memorable roles across film and television. She won a Golden Globe for best actress. Alley also took home an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in 1991. As the Hollywood icon left the world, take a look back at her most memorable parts.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Kirstie Alley’s first breakthrough role came as Saavik in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which she played opposite Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols. However, the actress’s big break came at a heartbreaking time. Just before her final audition, Alley learned her mother had been killed and her father badly injured in a car crash in Kansas.
The award-winning actress rose to fame when she starred as Rebecca Howe on the hit NBC sitcom Cheers. She replaced actress Shelley Long in 1987. Rebecca was the on-off love interest of bar owner Sam, played by Ted Danson. For her role in Cheers, she went on to be nominated for five Emmys and won one for outstanding lead actress in 1991. She remained on the show through the final episode of the Boston-based series in 1993.
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Another iconic role of Alley was in Drop Dead Gorgeous as Gladys Leeman. In this 1999 comedy, her costars included Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Allison Janney, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, and Amy Adams. The comedy movie follows a small-town beauty pageant that turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.
Veronica’s Closet is another memorable role of the late actress. Alley starred as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the owner of Veronica’s Closet, a lingerie and book company which helped keep the romance alive, on the NBC series from 1997 to 2000. In the series, Veronica leaves her husband and finds support from her top executive Olive (Kathy Najimy), assistant Josh (Wallace Langham), and publicist Perry (Dan Cortese).
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