After a brief battle with cancer, American actress Kirstie Alley, star of the film trilogy Who’s Who or the North and South series, has died at the age of 71. Her death was announced on Tuesday Twitter Alley’s manager, Donovan Daughtry, confirmed this to the actress’ children and the AP agency.
“Our mother’s vigor, her passion for life and creativity, her children, grandchildren and many animals were like no other. They inspired us to live life to the fullest just like she did,” said True and Lillie Parker, his adopted children.
Alley began her film career in 1982 in Los Angeles where she initially worked as an interior designer, starring in the science fiction adventure film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In the historic saga North and South, she appeared three years after her as Virgilia Hazard, writes the American weekly Variety.
“My relationship with Kirstie has been one of the most special I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will meet again,” she wrote in response to Alley’s death instagram actor John Travolta, who met her on camera.
Over the past few years, Alley has appeared on several reality shows, including the Czech version of the Dancing With the Stars dance competition known as StarDance…when the stars dance.