John Travolta pays tribute to his 'soulmate' Kirstie Alley as she dies aged 71

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John Travolta pays tribute to his 'soulmate' Kirstie Alley as she dies aged 71

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John Travolta has paid tribute to his Look Who’s Talking co-star Kirstie Alley, after news broke yesterday (Monday 5 December) that the star had died of cancer at 71.

Alley was best known for starring as Rebecca Howe in iconic US sitcom Cheers, a role that won her a Golden Globe in 1991 for Best Actress and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.

She also featured in three Look Who's Talking films alongside John Travolta between 1989 and 1991.

After working together, the pair forged an incredible friendship - which Travolta described as one of the ‘most special’ he’s ever experienced.

Kirstie Alley and John Travolta in Look Who's Talking. Credit: Tri-Star Pictures
Kirstie Alley and John Travolta in Look Who's Talking. Credit: Tri-Star Pictures

Posting on Instagram, he wrote: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.

“I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

The actor has previously spoken about his close bond with Alley, telling US Magazine back in 2019: "She's my soulmate.”

Explaining how he’d only be up for a Look Who’s Talking reboot if he could work with Alley, he added: "I would do anything with Kirstie. So let's see what happens.”

Alley has also echoed this statement, revealing in 2018 that, while the pair never had a romantic relationship, something could have happened if they both hadn’t been with other people when they met.

"I almost ran off and married John,” she said on Celebrity Big Brother UK.

“I did love him. I still love him. If I hadn't [have] been married, I would have gone and married him."

Alley’s daughters, True and Lillie Parker, confirmed the news of her death via social media.

They wrote in a heartfelt statement: "To all our friends, far and wide around the world. We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.

Alley in 1990 sequel Look Who's Talking Too. Credit: Tri-Star Pictures
Alley in 1990 sequel Look Who's Talking Too. Credit: Tri-Star Pictures

"She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead.”

True and Lily went on to give their thanks to the 'incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care' in her final days.

"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," they wrote.

"We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV

Jess Hardiman
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