Kirstie Alleys relationships as greatest love John Travolta leads tributes to late Cheers actress
Cheers and Celebrity Big Brother star Kirstie Alley has passed away from cancer aged 71 surrounded by family.
“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” the statement by her children William True and Lillie Price reads.
“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.
“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."
The star was open about her love life during her glittering career. Here are the men who were the object of her affections…
During Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Kirstie confessed that she almost ran off with John but her marriage at the time prevented her.
"I think I kissed Travolta. I almost ran off and married John. I did love him, I still love him.
"If I hadn’t been married I would’ve gone and married him and I would’ve been in an airplane because he has his own plane."
The pair starred together in Look Who's Talking (1989), and the subsequent sequels Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and Look Who's Talking Now (1993).
She also spoke previously about their potential romance during an interview with Howard Stern.
Kirstie called John "the greatest love of my life," and revealed: "It took me years to not look at John as a romantic interest."
She later explained that the flirtatious relationship ended when John got married to Kelly Preston in 1991 and his new wife challenged Kirstie on their dynamic.
John has posted a tribute to Kirstie since her death. 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."
Kirstie married fellow actor Parker in 1983, who is best known for his TV roles Baywatch and The Hardy Boys.
Parker, who is the father of William and Lillie, shared on Instagram, "Dear Kirstie, I am so grateful for our years together, and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have. You will be missed. With love, Parker".
The pair met in a bar and Kirstie recalled being instantly besotted – "I saw him and said to my roommate, 'For him, I would die'".
Parker previously spoke about the end of their marriage telling People, “'Kirstie and I are exact opposites. That’s what made it so interesting", but it "makes for not a good marriage."
Before John, Kirstie starred in a miniseries called North and South (1985) with Patrick, who died in 2009 aged 57.
She told Entertainment Tonight, "Both of us were married. We did not have an affair. But again, I think what I did was worse.
"I think when you fall in love with someone when you're married, you jeopardise your own marriage and their marriage. It's doubly bad."
She told her Celebrity Big Brother housemates how hard it is not to form romantic connections on set. "When you get on the road and you do a movie, it’s very easy to fall in love with your leading man. Very, very easy."
Kirstie married her high school sweetheart Bob Alley in 1970 when she was 19 years of age.
The pair, who already had the same surname before their union, were married for seven years before going their separate ways in 1977.
She spoke about the end of her marriage occurring due to a man called Jake.
“I didn’t have sex, but I think it was worse when you fall in love with someone else, when you’re with someone, and you’re plotting and you’re planning," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "What I did do with Jake was I kissed him. And in my world, in Kirstie world, that meant I had to get a divorce. … It took a long time [to forgive myself] because I was a horrible person, I destroyed my marriage."
After meeting on the set of the film Nevada (1997), Kirstie and James, who was 17 years younger, perused a relationship and even got engaged.
However they didn't make it to the aisle.
Kirstie hinted at the reasoning behind the split to Dateline.
"I just did some real soul searching and I didn’t like myself. I didn’t like what I’d become. I’d sort of become something I wasn’t. I didn’t like the way I was in relationships. I didn’t like who I was choosing," she explained.
"I was making a lot of mistakes. So what I decided was to really prioritize my life into what was important to me and what I wanted to be known for by myself."
James was her last public relationship.
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