Ted Danson and fellow ‘Cheers’ co-stars salute Kirstie Alley

The cast of hit NBC sitcom Cheers raises a glass to their late co-star Kirstie Alley.

Alley, who died of cancer at the age of 71, starred alongside Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer and Rhea Perlman, who all fondly remembered her and her role as bar manager Rebecca Howe on the 1980s and ’90s sitcom. She won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for the role, which resurfaced in the show’s sixth season in 1987 after Shelley Long left the long-running sitcom.

“I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do,” Danson, 74, said in a statement to E! News. “I saw an old episode of Cheers. It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no when she’s dying to say yes. Kirstie really was brilliant at it. Her ability to play a woman on the brink of a nervous breakdown was both moving and incredibly funny.”

The ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘The Good Place’ actor famously played bartender Sam Malone at The Boston Bar Where Everyone Knows Your Name, and he was one half of the classic TV couple Sam and Diane (Long).

Danson added that Alley “made me laugh 30 years ago when she was filming that scene and she made me laugh just as much today.”

“As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I’m so sad and so thankful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As you know, her mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

The 67-year-old Grammer, who played Frasier Crane in the comedy before starring in the spin-off Frasier, told Deadline, “I’ve always believed that grieving a public figure was a private matter is, but I will say that I loved her.”

Perlman, 74, who memorably portrayed sharp-tongued waitress Carla Tortelli, recalled Alley as “a unique and wonderful person and friend.”

“Her zest for life knew no bounds,” Perlman told Deadline and People. “We became friends almost immediately when she joined the cast of Cheers.”

The four-time Emmy winner, who shares three children with husband Danny DeVito, added, “She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We stayed at her house with treasure hunts she started. She had huge 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 very much. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I’m so grateful to have known her. I will miss her very, very much.”

Prior to Cheers, Alley starred in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and later starred opposite John Travolta in the hit film series Look Who’s Talking. Paying tribute to his late co-star, who became an outspoken conservative later in life, Travolta said, “Kirstie was one of the most extraordinary relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie”

Earlier this year, the ‘Fat Actress’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star was ‘unmasked’ as Baby Mammoth on Fox’s hit singing competition series The Masked Singer.

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