Denise Richards Pays Tribute to Late Costar Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley with Denise Richards insetted.
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Lacking her onscreen mother. Denise Richards paid tribute to Kirstie Alley after the actress’ demise from colon most cancers at age 71.

“Kirstie is without doubt one of the funniest, nicest & strongest ladies I’ve ever met,” the Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills alum, 51, wrote by way of Instagram on Tuesday, December 6. “I’m so fortunate & grateful that I acquired to do a film along with her enjoying my mother. I used to be fairly intimidated to work along with her however she instantly made me really feel so snug.”

The Wild Issues star continued: “She had a coronary heart of gold & deep love for animals. Her snigger was infectious & she lit up each room she walked into. Kirstie you’re cherished by so many & will probably be so very missed. Prayers to your youngsters & grandkids.”

The Cheers alum performed Gladys Leeman, mom of Becky Leeman (Richards) in Drop Useless Beautiful, a satirical comedy that adopted magnificence pageant hopefuls in a fictional Minnesota city. The 1999 cult traditional additionally starred Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney and Amy Adams, who made her big-screen debut within the film.

When the movie turned 20 years previous in July 2019, Richards marked the event with a throwback clip from one of many film’s most controversial scenes: the second the place her character dances with a stuffed duplicate of Jesus on the cross. “I keep in mind capturing this prefer it was yesterday,” the previous Bond lady wrote by way of Instagram on the time, including the hashtag “#jesusloveswinners” in reference to one of many film’s well-known quotes.

Denise Richards Pays Tribute to 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' Costar Kirstie Alley

Mindy Sterling, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards and Sam Mcmurray in ‘Drop Useless Beautiful.’

Alley’s household confirmed on Monday, December 5, that the late sitcom star died at age 71 following a battle with most cancers. Her consultant later famous that the Toothless actress had been recognized with colon most cancers shortly earlier than her demise.

“We’re unhappy to tell you that our unimaginable, fierce and loving mom has handed away after a battle with most cancers, solely lately found,” her grownup youngsters, William True Stevenson and Lillie Stevenson, wrote in a letter shared by way of their mother’s Instagram account on Monday night. “She was surrounded by her closest household and fought with nice power, leaving us with a certainty of her unending pleasure of dwelling and no matter adventures lie forward. As iconic as she was on display screen, she was an much more superb mom and grandmother.”

After Alley’s demise, tributes poured in from her buddies and former costars. John Travolta, who starred alongside the Grease actor, 68, in 1989’s Look Who’s Speaking, honored the late star by way of Instagram, writing: “Kirstie was one of the vital particular relationships I’ve ever had. I really like you Kirstie. I do know we are going to see one another once more.”

Ted Danson, who labored reverse Alley on Cheers, stated that he was watching an previous episode of the sitcom shortly earlier than he heard about her passing. “I’m so unhappy and so grateful for all of the instances she made me snigger,” the Good Place alum, 74, stated in a press release. “I ship my like to her youngsters. As they properly know, their mom had a coronary heart of gold. I’ll miss her.”