Kirstie Alley, the actor who became a household name because of her stints on the sitcoms Cheers and Veronica’s Closet, and her performances in films like the Look Who’s Talking series, David’s Mother, and Deconstructing Harry, has died aged 71.
The actor’s children, William True and Lillie, released a statement on social media where they said that their mother had died after battling cancer.
Alley was vocal about her political affiliations, and her stances on former US President Donald Trump have always grabbed headlines.
In 2015, Alley announced on Twitter that she would not be supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the presidential elections. The Cheers actor tweeted on April 8, 2016 that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani would be having her support.
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However, later in the year, Alley had a change of heart and decided to withdraw her support of Trump. She went on to announce on Twitter, “I hate this election and I’m officially no longer endorsing either candidate.”
Four years later, in October 2022, Alley announced that she had voted for Trump in 2016 despite announcing that she was no longer endorsing him.
Alley was also critical of Joe Biden, tweeting before the 2020 presidential election, “It’s pretty sad that Dems don’t want Biden to Debate Trump. It’s like saying “we know he can’t hold his own in a debate with Trump but could hold his own with world leaders and making monumental decisions for this country”.
She went on to endorse Trump for the 2020 presidential elections, saying that she would vote for the billionaire tycoon since “he’s NOT a politician” and that he “gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly.”
Alley’s support of Trump was often met with criticism from her colleagues. In response to her tweeting that she had voted for Trump. Patricia Arquette said, “Well my vote for Biden canceled yours out. I have done my civic duty of the day.”
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Director Judd Apatow took a dig at Alley, saying, “Shelly Long was way funnier than you,” which was a reference to the departure of Long from Cheers, which enabled the inclusion of Alley in the show.