Actress Kirstie Alley Has Passed Away At Age 71

American actress Kirstie Alley died Monday at the age of 71. Her children announced this via Twitter. Alley was recently diagnosed with cancer.

"As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more wonderful mother and grandmother," wrote her children True and Lillie Parker.

Successful career

The actress starred in several films and television series. In 1982, she got her first role as Vulcan in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In the Netherlands, she became known for her role in the series North and South. The 1985 series is about the American Civil War. Her big break came two years later as Rebecca Howe in the successful comedy series Cheers. For that role, she received a 1991 Golden Globe for best female actress in a television series and an Emmy Award for the best female lead.

Her acting talent won her several awards. In 1991, Alley won a Golden Globe for her role in Cheers. Three years later, she took home an Emmy Award for her lead role in the film David's Mother.

In the 1990s, she made the commercially successful Look Who's Talking trilogy with John Travolta. On Instagram, John commented on the passing of his former co-star. "Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had," he wrote with a photo of the actress. "I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again."